A Call to Reopen Thailand Safely
As of 24 February 2021, over 210 million people worldwide have received at least one jab of one of the Covid-19 vaccines. The USA alone administers 1.5 million vaccines per day and projects to have half its population vaccinated by mid-year. The UK already has more than a quarter of its population inoculated. Israel and the United Arab Emirates, including its aviation hub Dubai, have both vaccinated over 50% of their populations.
Early reports also show being vaccinated reduces the risk of spreading the virus. According to the World Health Organization, “Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you because if you are protected from getting infected and from disease, you are less likely to infect someone else.”
Also, the prestigious scientific journal Nature reports that clinical trials and initial studies of those vaccinated are much less likely to spread the virus.
In our petition to the Royal Thai Government,
we are therefore asking for a reopening of Thailand from 1 July, 2021, for vaccinated travelers, without quarantine requirements. A Call to Reopen Thailand Safely
As Thailand is starting to vaccinate its most vulnerable and its healthcare workers, we believe that now is the time to announce a firm and irreversible date to reopen its borders. This will give confidence to international travellers and encourage them to book a trip to Thailand. Thai tourism operators, especially those reliant on international travel, would then be able to start business planning, accept forward bookings, start to rehire staff, and conduct training programmes.
Without a firm commitment to reopening made now, Thailand may lose all of 2021 as travellers will make plans for alternative destinations.
Senior tourism and hospitality leaders have already pledged their full support (see list here). We call on you to join us and support our petition through this website!
Reopen Thailand to International Tourism, Starting 1st July 2021 A Call to Reopen Thailand Safely
The continued closure of international travel has decimated Thailand’s tourism and related industries. It has severely damaged the Thai economy with profound negative effects on hotels, aviation, tour operations, restaurants, attractions, retail, medical tourism, meetings, conferences, agricultural supply chains and many more support sectors.
The financial, social, physical and psychological health of Thai people has been adversely affected. The disruption of travel has not just impacted tourism, but also torn families apart and greatly reduced international trade.
The current situation is unsustainable.
We are therefore seeking a commitment by the Thai Government to reopen borders on 1 July 2021 to let tourists with proof of vaccination enter Thailand without quarantine, because:
- The majority of citizens in many source markets will have been vaccinated by then
- 1 July gives time to Thai medical authorities to vaccinate both front line staff in hospitality settings in Thailand and / or vulnerable citizens around the country, as desired
- 1 July gives international travellers time to make travel plans and bookings
- 1 July gives time to airlines, hotels, tour operators and others to start marketing and sales, and get ready for tourism operations to commence
- It will take Thailand at least a year, and maybe a lot longer, to return to the large numbers of international visitors that it had before the Covid-19 crisis.
To ensure the safest reopening of Thailand, international tourists can be asked to satisfy any safeguards the Thai Government may require. This may, for example, include showing officially recognised proof of a Covid-19 vaccination from their home country, purchasing health insurance, showing proof of a negative Covid test within 72 hours of departure, and so on.
The 1 July reopening would be a strategic opportunity for Thailand to show a leadership role among Asian countries and prepare the way for a solid recovery of the Thai economy in 2022.
Ahead of Top Level Government Meetings Next Week on Possibly Opening Thailand’s Borders… A Call to Reopen Thailand Safely
Open Thailand Safely Campaign Public Comment:
Ahead of top level Thai Government meetings in the week starting 15 March 2021 on possible steps to open Thailand’s borders, the #OpenThailandSafely campaign would like to make four public comments:
- We are grateful that the Thai Government is recognising the urgency and importance of tourism and the need to help people dependent on international tourism. Thank you.
- Open Thailand Safely urges Government officials to grasp the new opportunities that the successful rollout of vaccinations has given the world. The vaccines are a game changer for tourism. This is the good news we have been waiting for.
- Any form of quarantine is ‘old’ thinking. Tourism in Thailand cannot recover with ANY kind of quarantine.
- Other countries such as Maldives, Greece, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Costa Rica and others realise this and are opening their destinations with NO quarantine. Thailand should do the same, otherwise tourists will simply go elsewhere.
Two quotes for media“Safe opening of Thailand with proof of vaccination should occur anytime between 1st of June and 1st of July 2021. This would give the tourism industry some time to prepare. Leaving it until October would be too late. Many companies won’t exist by then.”“A June-July reopening would be a strategic opportunity for Thailand to show a leadership role among Asian countries and prepare the way for a solid recovery of the Thai economy” — Willem Niemeijer, CEO, YAANA Ventures and Co-Founder of the Open Thailand Safely campaign (along with Luzi Matzig, Chairman of Asian Trails and William E. Heinecke Chairman of The Minor Group).
ABOUT OPEN THAILAND SAFELY
Since its launch on 2 March, over 50 major inbound tourism companies in Thailand have joined to support the #OpenThailandSafely campaign. Over 11,000 people have signed the petition of support. There has been extensive media coverage of the campaign in Thailand and around the world. Visit www.OpenThailandSafely.org Further information: www.OpenThailandSafely.org Twitter: @OpenThailandSa1 #OpenThailandSafely YAANA Ventures – Email: email@example.com
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A Call to Reopen Thailand Safely