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Tourism Ministry hints at Thailand-Malaysia islands travel bubble


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By Thammarat Thadaphrom

   

BANGKOK (NNT) - Authorities in Thailand and Malaysia are working on a plan to open a maritime travel bubble between Langkawi and Lipe islands in the Andaman Sea. There will not be quarantine requirements for ferry passengers traveling between the two places.

 

During his visit to the southern region, Minister of Tourism and Sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has expressed confidence that Thailand’s southern provinces bordering Malaysia will be able to accept international tourists from December.

 

The reopening of southern border provinces is scheduled for the second phase of Thailand’s country reopening plan, with certain tourism areas to reopen as soon as 1 November.

 

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports is now working with the Malaysian State of Kedah to consider opening a travel bubble between Langkawi island in Malaysia, and Ko Lipe in Thailand.

 

The two Andaman Sea islands are normally connected with a cross-border ferry service. Under the proposed travel bubble arrangement, travelers between these islands would no longer need to serve quarantine if they meet certain criteria, such as passing COVID-19 tests before departure and after arrival, having received a vaccine, and consenting to online tracking.

 

The minister said New Year’s Eve countdown events will be held in Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, and Hat Yai district of Songkhla, provided that at least 70% of the local populations are vaccinated.

 

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????  Malaysia's handling of the pandemic is a total disaster too.  

 

It would be better to open it to safer countries but I digress, we are talking about Thaighland after all.  

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

consenting to online tracking.

I wonder what would happen on arrival if one refused? Sent back with one's holiday cash still in the pocket? - I bet not!

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On 10/17/2021 at 11:17 PM, Blumpie said:

????  Malaysia's handling of the pandemic is a total disaster too.  

 

It would be better to open it to safer countries but I digress, we are talking about Thaighland after all.  

Don't worry, this is just another fever dream that will never be implemented.

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