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    Quote Originally Posted by MariaUA View Post
    only 2270 foreigners have expressed a desire to come?? too little ...
    Average 2.3 million a month 2019.
    Im surprised they even announce these numbers as some kind of positive, well compared to zero I supose it is.

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    I think they're clueless.

    They mention visitors from Myanmar want to come? This is a Country Thailand has just closed it's borders with. In my neck of the wood, they have added barbed wire no less, all because because of a new wave of covid19 cases sweeping the Country.

    I wonder how many Burmese will meet the requirements of the new visa and how much a charter flight carrying no more than 100 passengers will cost from Yangon?
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    I think this information is only to raise at least a little optimism) no more

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    The rumour is that if a Thai tourist comes back to Thailand from the UK they must be on one of the Sunday Thai Airways flights to go into a free isolation hotel. The return flight from Bangkok to LOndon seems to be nearly £900.00 with Thai Airways. So if it is true I think the hotels are not free for sure as there are listings for return flights for £500 to £550 with other airlines so I guess the extra flight cost maybe to cover the hotel costs. Not sure if these are the hard facts or not

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    Another possibility to travel excerpt from Pattaya Mail
    The most recent Thai proposals include a long-stay holiday visa of up to 270 days, but with the proviso that entrants must arrive by charter flight or private jet and undergo quarantine for the usual fortnight. The only difference this time is that the choice of hotels for state-approved quarantine seems to be getting longer and better. The very latest policy suggestion comes from the Thai health ministry and proposes limited general tourism without quarantine here as long as travellers swear they have been in isolation for 14 days in their home country prior to taking their flight. To date, no precise detail has been forthcoming. And don’t hold your breath.

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    I don't think precise details will ever materialise as I don't believe there is any real intention to open the Country to long term visitors as claimed, or at least to delay it for as long as possible, without admitting as such. Why? To diffuse the anger from those whose businesses and livelihood are at risk. Who knows what the real intention is? When TAT keep telling the travel industry to start preparing, they reply 'for what'? This has been talked about for weeks and weeks now and still there are no firm plans. Initially it was the Phuket plan, now they are saying all such tourists will go to Bkk first. It's just talk and as stated above, suddenly they have thrown in another requirement to quarantine before travelling.
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    I also think that this is just talk and Thailand will be closed to tourists at least until the end of 2020(((

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    They are totally clueless. Immigration, TAT and the Govt all have different agendas and the Govt have proved they have no idea how to handle it. It's like the amnesty situation and what they have been trying to do. On the one hand they want to get the tourists in yet are still trying to get tourists who are hear due to the pandemic out. I can assure anybody that without the ex-pat and existing tourist communities Pattaya would be dead already and yet they (immigration) still rip us off and want to send people packing.

    Marriage visas are going for 60k through the agent/immigration blend which is only possible because the Govt won't stand up and say tourists are keeping the economy going. There are lots of very desperate people here who genuinely need to stay and they should be assisted not hindered. The Govt. should be trying to keep people in and spending at all costs rather than the opposite and this clap trap of getting domestic tourism pumping.

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    I really cannot see how they can keep thailand totally cut off from tourists for another 3 or 4 months, I think they will do something when there is apparently zero virus in the country and with the option to quarantine people. A good option would be to let the long term tourists who have condo's or houses to isolate there instead of in government selected hotels. I know there is some risk that way but I think low if managed properly. I understand the view that there may be ulterior motives around the pontificating though

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickj1000 View Post
    I really cannot see how they can keep thailand totally cut off from tourists for another 3 or 4 months
    Of course they can and probably will. Australia and NZ are doing exactly the same thing.
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    With numbers of cases rising throughout most of the world they will be very reluctant to let people in. I believe we are awaiting an effective vaccination before Thailand will open it's borders. There may be a few pilot schemes but I don't see it changing anytime soon. People are quite paranoid here about the virus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAS View Post
    I believe we are awaiting an effective vaccination before Thailand will open it's borders
    Correct me if I am wrong but a vaccine will not stop infection so transmition is still possible.
    How many people in Thailand to be vaccinated before its considered safe to allow infections to resume.
    Even at a guesstimate thats going to take a long time.
    Also I support current types of vaccinations but am concered about C19 ones especially the no comeback for the producers if the vaccine turns out to damage the body in other ways, people would be reluctant to take it and would be extreemly reluctant to give it to their children until it can be shown to be absolutely safe.
    Some cultures wont even take current safe vaccines.

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    I bet you 10 bahts ?? :-)
    Quote Originally Posted by -Keith- View Post
    Of course they can and probably will. Australia and NZ are doing exactly the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAS View Post
    With numbers of cases rising throughout most of the world they will be very reluctant to let people in. I believe we are awaiting an effective vaccination before Thailand will open it's borders. There may be a few pilot schemes but I don't see it changing anytime soon. People are quite paranoid here about the virus.
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.the...otection-masks

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    Yep,they are paranoid, I spoke to the gf this afternoon, she works fir the government, she told me that the Uk & France are heading towards another lockdown, and that they don’t want ‘falang’ to travel to Thailand and bring Covid 19 with them....that’s their attitude, in the next breath she tells me she misses me...lol, well I’m living in the house in France now and it’s good and I’m comfortable, if this carries on much longer,and with her, and the Thai government attitude, I’m not in a hurry to go back to Thailand even if things get better...

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    I asked my wife if Thais don't like farang anymore, she said they do but they are scared we will bring in coronavirus so are very wary of the country opening up again. She went back to Thailand about 18 months ago to get our house built etc and the plan was that I would have followed permanently about now, after the house is sold. I've been visiting frequently and it works well but the last time was February before COVID seriously struck and that ruined the frequent visit plan. Still, our situation is working OK for us so if I have to wait a few months more that will be fine. We speak on LINE almost every day.

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    I see that you can book return flights from Bangkok to London with a variety of airlines but the only one I understand that takes people into Thailand is Thai Airways on Sundays on repatriation flights followed by isolation in government hotels. Am i right in saying that it is just Thai Airways flying Thai's home does anybody know ? I am assuming that it is Thai Airways to ensure that arrival are taken straight to quarantine ? Cheers

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    I thought EVA was the airline doing that on Sundays. Thai were doing 3 flights only.

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    You are right. I just checked Thai airways around christmas and they have quite a few flights showing, more than 3 in fact. I wonder if they are presuming things will open up. I worry about booking a return flight for my wife to come at Christmas to the UK with any airline but if I do I want to get her the most reliable one. At the moment I am presuming only Thai's can go to Thailand on all of these flights and I am unclear how they get to the isolation hotels on returning to Bangkok
    Quote Originally Posted by jimmbo60 View Post
    I thought EVA was the airline doing that on Sundays. Thai were doing 3 flights only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ray8472 View Post
    I asked my wife if Thais don't like farang anymore, she said they do but they are scared we will bring in coronavirus so are very wary of the country opening up again.
    Those most likely to bring the virus back to Thailand on flights are the Thais themselves, as they are the only ones able to board a repatriation flight without being tested for the virus!
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