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Coronavirus isn’t going away anytime soon, but the travel restrictions will. What should you know before traveling into Thailand after the coronavirus pandemic? Here’s a helpful guide to answer your burning questions — stay safe! Remember to also check the latest covid-19 restrictions and updates in Thailand.

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The coronavirus pandemic has changed all of us, our worlds, and the way we travel ⁠— for good. As the restrictions begin to ease, Thailand seeks ways to bring its crippled travel industry back on its feet. It won’t be an easy task; Entire nations are still suffering from infections, airlines have gone bankrupt, travel companies are facing laying offs, and hotels are transformed into hospitals or state quarantine. When things do start to return to normal, travel will look very different than what it looks now. Here’s our list of things we expect in the future:

  • International travel from all countries will open up in October.
  • Airliners to require a safe-to-fly doctor’s certificate.
  • Longer queues in immigration.
  • Visas will remain the same length, but there will be extra fees included, even with tourist visas.
  • Temperature measurements at airports, shopping malls, and other crowded areas.
  • Travel bubbles formed with countries such as Japan and South-Korea.
  • Strict limitations with events, don’t count on attending any festivals this year.
  • Flying will be more expensive.
  • Wearing facial masks and freely available hand sanitizer required at almost all locales.

Thailand plans “travel bubbles” when borders reopen

The Thai government has announced plans to create so-called travel bubbles through bilateral agreements with selected countries. This practice is designed to keep the novel coronavirus in check when Thailand’s borders are reopened.

Countries have not been published, but it’s safe to assume that travel will be first allowed from countries in the region that have been successful containing the outspread of the virus. Such countries include South-Korea and Japan, where new cases have been on the decline for some time now.

Borders to remain closed until June 30

The country’s borders remain restricted under a state of emergency that will last until June 30. This includes most incoming international flights and domestic flights have been . The government is planning how to restart the crucial tourism sector to help counter the recession, so more information is expected relatively soon.

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