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Thailand

Thailand unlikely to open its borders to leisure tourists in 2020, but still looking at travel bubbles, TAT states.
Lockdown Status
Open
Inbound Travel
Partial
Outbound Travel
Restricted
Confirmed
3,356
Deaths
58
Active
129
5 Day Rolling Ave
+2
Source: John Hopkins University via COVID19 API (2020-08-12)

Latest Travel Industry News

Policy Summary

Lockdown Status

All businesses reopened, including hotels, exhibition centres. Interprovincial travel allowed. Schools fully opened, limits on shopping mall operation hours lifted. Pubs, bars and karaoke have to close by 12am.

Travel Restrictions

From 1 Jul, ban on incoming flights lifted. Certain non-Thai passengers allowed entry, including: medical tourists, filming crews, Thailand Elite card members, foreigners who have work permits, foreigners married to Thai nationals and foreigners studying at educational institutions (TAT).

Containment Policies Timeline

How to read this graph
International Travel Restrictions
  • 0 - no restrictions
  • 1 - screening arrivals
  • 2 - quarantine arrivals from some or all regions
  • 3 - ban arrivals from some regions
  • 4 - ban on all regions or total border closure
Internal Movement Restrictions
  • 0 - no restrictions
  • 1 - recommend not to travel between regions/cities
  • 2 - internal movement restrictions in place
Stay At Home Requirements
  • 0 - no measures
  • 1 - recommend not leaving house
  • 2 - require not leaving house with exceptions for daily exercise, grocery shopping, and 'essential' trips
  • 3 - require not leaving house with minimal exceptions (eg allowed to leave once a week, or only one person can leave at a time, etc)
School Closures
  • 0 - no measures
  • 1 - recommend closing
  • 2 - require closing (only some levels or categories, eg just high school, or just public schools)
  • 3 - require closing all levels

Economy Summary

Fiscal support for the tourism industry

Domestic tourism subsidy (17 Jun):

The domestic tourism stimulus packages worth 22.4 billion THB has been approved, including:

  • 2.4 billion THB fund for 1.2 million health volunteers and hospital officials which will subsidise 2,000 THB for a trip of at least 2D1N and must be booked via tour firms, expected to help 13,000 tour firms

  • 18 billion THB fund for 5 million nights at hotel accommodation at 40% of normal room rates (subsidy limited to 3,000 THB/ night up to 5 nights). Other services, such as food, are capped at 600 THB/ room/ night, and must be outside of the traveller’s home province

  • 2 billion THB fund to subsidise domestic flight fares, inter-provincial bus fares and car rental fees for 2 million people. It will pay up to 40% of expenses, limited to 1,000 THB/ tourist

Phase 3 budget (7 Apr):

  • 500 billion THB in funding for commercial banks to lend to SMEs at low interest rates

  • 5,000 THB monthly handouts for temporary, contract and self-employed workers for 6 months

Phase 2 budget (24 Mar):

  • Loans of up to 3 million THB for SMEs at 3% interest rate

  • Extensions on corporate tax filings

  • Workers covered under SSF program to receive increased unemployment compensation of 50% of their salary

Phase 1 budget (4 Mar):

  • Soft loans from Government Savings Banks with lowered interest rates

  • Deduction of salary cost (300% of eligible salary costs from Apr - Jul 2020) with certain conditions

  • Electricity payments extended for certain tourism businesses

GDP Growth Rate

% per year
4.2

2018
2.4

2019

-6.5
2020
forecast
3.5

2021
forecast

Inflation Rate

% per year
1.1

2018
0.7

2019

-0.9
2020
forecast
0.7

2021
forecast
Source: Asian Development Bank. Asian Development Outlook (April 2020).

Consumer Trends Summary

Booking.com Thai customers' international travel wishlist (Mar/ Apr 2020):

Tokyo, Seoul, Osaka, Singapore, Ubud-Bali, London, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Paris and Danang.

Consumer Sentiment

Tourism Arrivals Summary

International Tourism Arrivals

YoY % change
2.5

Jan

-42.8
Feb

-76.1
Mar

-100.0
Apr

-100.0
May

-100.0
Jun

Jul

Aug

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