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Here they come! 120+ Chinese from Guangzhou set to arrive at Bangkok airport on TUESDAY


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14 hours ago, darksidedog said:

No mention of the quarantine requirements for them I notice. It will be interesting to see how that turns out.

While there is genuine need to reopen tourism, I have little faith in the ability here to do so, and keep covid out.

Or that the STV was intended for long term stays. 3 x 90 days? 

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14 hours ago, mehrdad said:

The rest of the world ( all Europe and America and Middle East and many place in asia example ( india ... ) are fighting with second and third wave of this virus 🦠
but thailand ( covid free 😉 ) worry only tourist and will do a big risk by opening border now 

And you have a degree in epidemiology and infectious diseases? In your academic studies, have you identified beyond reasonable doubt the exact causes of the second waves in the countries you mentioned? Have you identified the exact factors which have kept Thailand safe thus far, and have you compared the details from those foreign countries with the research in Thailand? Did you even consult W.H.O. information website to look at the statistics and their advice and analyisis? OK then. Your concerns, your FEARS,  are valid, but your statements exceed your expertise. No one knows EXACTLY how much risk is posed by Chinese or any other tourists if safety protocols are followed. It is all speculation. The Thai government is perfectly and legitimately entitled to consider all possibilities. There is enough known about the spread of the virus that people can make informed choices. There is no such thing as 0 risk. But it is fair to consider the suffering of the unemployed and displaced Thai victims of the economic collapse from covid. It is not an easy balance to strike, not easy to balance all of the risks. There is no single correct decision or policy. There are simply a range of alternatives between completely isolating Thailand from the world and opening the borders completely. So you make a choice and proceed with caution, and keep all options on the table as you proceed. Do you have a job, is your income secure? Probably. 

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12 hours ago, BestB said:

thats weird the other day they said not a single application for visa was received, so how are these 120 coming and with what visa?

Special Limited Edition Deluxe Chinese Hologram Elite Visas....* does not apply to dirty farangs or grandpas

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12 hours ago, masterhm said:

It is a risky move. But there is not so much they can do about it.  
Thailand has been very cautious but they can not keep doing it for a long time.
 

 

long time is a risky move indeed, always best to go "short time" 🙂

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9 hours ago, Ketyo said:

If they bought their trips in China, and are on Chinese tour buses and eating in Chinese restaurants and staying in Chinese owned hotels. And if they are all lining up to fill their water bottles at the public water dispensers instead of buying 7/11 water. How will they save the Thai tourism industry.

mama cup sales!

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17 hours ago, Kadilo said:

“Thai-visa further notes that the Vegetarian Festival runs until October 25th, after the scheduled arrival of the Chinese tourists at Suvarnabhumi next week. “

 

.....confirming the excuse for first cancellation was bs. 

So at first it was all BS, not only weren't they not coming they had not even booked, only a list or names had been given, now they've booked got their STV's and are on their way to Swampy [I thought it was going to be direct to Phuket] who and what can you believe anymore?

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14 hours ago, anchadian said:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-15/thailand-chases-travel-bubble-pact-with-china-to-boost-tourism?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_content=business&cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business

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October 16, 2020, 4:00 AM GMT+7 Updated on October 16, 2020, 10:33 AM GMT+7
 

Thailand is in talks with China to establish a quarantine-free travel corridor by January to rescue its ailing tourism industry.

 

The agreement with Beijing will be subject to the success of a limited reopening of the Thai tourism industry to foreign travelers this month, according to Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn. China, which accounted for more than a quarter of Thailand’s tourist arrivals before the pandemic, will be the first low-risk country the Southeast Asian nation will sign up for quarantine-free travel, he said.

 

 

Yes looks like a test run and try build up some confidence in the 'terrified Thais' of the return of the Chinese hordes ..

 

 

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14 hours ago, anchadian said:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-15/thailand-chases-travel-bubble-pact-with-china-to-boost-tourism?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_content=business&cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business

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October 16, 2020, 4:00 AM GMT+7 Updated on October 16, 2020, 10:33 AM GMT+7
 

Thailand is in talks with China to establish a quarantine-free travel corridor by January to rescue its ailing tourism industry.

 

The agreement with Beijing will be subject to the success of a limited reopening of the Thai tourism industry to foreign travelers this month, according to Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn. China, which accounted for more than a quarter of Thailand’s tourist arrivals before the pandemic, will be the first low-risk country the Southeast Asian nation will sign up for quarantine-free travel, he said.

 

So this guy is pushing for a no-quarantine entry for Chinese tourists .....   welcome COVID   !

 

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3 minutes ago, brianthainess said:

They will be eating, smoking, and drinking beer all at the same time, in my experience.

I'm thinking they will mainly be smuggling suitcases full of money to be laundered into Thailand.

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6 hours ago, Jonathan Swift said:

And you have a degree in epidemiology and infectious diseases? In your academic studies, have you identified beyond reasonable doubt the exact causes of the second waves in the countries you mentioned? Have you identified the exact factors which have kept Thailand safe thus far, and have you compared the details from those foreign countries with the research in Thailand? Did you even consult W.H.O. information website to look at the statistics and their advice and analyisis? OK then. Your concerns, your FEARS,  are valid, but your statements exceed your expertise. No one knows EXACTLY how much risk is posed by Chinese or any other tourists if safety protocols are followed. It is all speculation. The Thai government is perfectly and legitimately entitled to consider all possibilities. There is enough known about the spread of the virus that people can make informed choices. There is no such thing as 0 risk. But it is fair to consider the suffering of the unemployed and displaced Thai victims of the economic collapse from covid. It is not an easy balance to strike, not easy to balance all of the risks. There is no single correct decision or policy. There are simply a range of alternatives between completely isolating Thailand from the world and opening the borders completely. So you make a choice and proceed with caution, and keep all options on the table as you proceed. Do you have a job, is your income secure? Probably. 

Problem of today’s world is some people like you who see themselves are common sense and other people are ignorant !!!

Do you have a hotel in thai or have salary from thai government???

I recommend you more study and open your eyes to reality of today’s world ! 
opening border to tourist this time NOT solves any economic crisis and cause more pressure to country 

economic crisis in thailand started from last year and before covid !! 
 

 

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2 hours ago, FalangJaiDee said:

Just curious, so are there people here who genuinely believe the case and death toll numbers reported from China? I’m just curious.

I don't trust the numbers in most countries. 

To many false negatives and false positives, plus each country has their own way of determining when it's a covid 19 death or not. 

Even if Europe there is a huge difference how the different countries register their deaths. 

We need a set of international standards how to register each case, but that never happens as each country has their own agenda is this messed up covid 19 game. 

 

And as I understand it, many tests do not distinguish between live or dead vira, so the numbers reported each day could be way higher that the reality, if a large part of the infected is "just" people carrying dead vira that can't spread the disease. 

Off course it gives a picture of how many that has/had covid 19, but we need to know which people who can or can not spread the disease. No point of quarantine for those tested positive, but that can't spread it. 

Or did I totally misunderstand this part? 

 

That being said, it seems like most cities in China is back to a somewhat normal and the flight traffic domestically is quite high, so it seems they have it under control. 

It's certainly not covid free, but I think it's in a better state than for example Germany and UK, which Thailand also plan to let it. 

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