Thailand recorded 3,065 foreign tourists in November, official data showed on Monday, in its second month of receiving long-stay visitors after a ban was imposed in April to keep coronavirus infections under control.
Thailand is now fully open to visitors from all countries. As per the reports, visitors will have to undergo PCR test and mandatory quarantine on arrival, and will also have to apply for a travel visa.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, under pressure from months of street protests, on Wednesday survived a legal challenge over his living arrangements that could have seen him thrown out of office.
Thai anti-government protesters demonstrated in Bangkok’s outskirts on Saturday with a duck parade and speeches demanding the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a new constitution and reforms to the monarchy.
Thousands of protesters took over a major Bangkok intersection on Sunday with posters bearing the faces of arrested activists, defying a ban on gatherings for the fourth day with chants of “down with dictatorship” and “reform the monarchy.”
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, to rally toward the government headquarters to reiterate calls for an overhaul of the administration and the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha.
The domestic tourism subsidy in Thailand needs another major revamp despite generating three billion baht for the local sector, as just 17 percent of 5.05 million registrants used the benefit over two months, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
The sudden resignation of Thailand’s finance minister for health reasons, less than a month into his term, creates more uncertainty for an economy already bracing for the deepest blow in Asia from the coronavirus pandemic.
Thailand is cautiously looking at plans to reopen its borders as it struggles to survive an extended period without international visitors, who account for about two-thirds of the country’s tourism income.
Thailand's economy saw its biggest annual contraction in 22 years and a record quarterly fall in the April-June period, as the coronavirus pandemic and restriction measures hit tourism, exports and domestic activity, prompting an outlook downgrade.