Thailand travel: Government extends travel ban for tourists to curb coronavirus

Thailand is known for its white, sandy beaches and vibrant culture, making it a popular holiday destination for Britons. From backpackers to holidaymakers, the destination is great for those wanting a long stay or a fleeting visit. Bordering on Myanmar and Vietnam, the country is especially popular with those travelling around Indonesia.


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In fact, British nationals make over one million visits to Thailand every year.

But now, Thailand has extended its travel ban for Britons and other tourists due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The nation has extended its ban on incoming passenger flights until the end of April.

The move is supposed to curb the coronavirus outbreak, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).

The travel ban was first introduced until April 4, but it has already been readjusted until April 18.

Thailand has had 2,643 cases which includes just over 100 deaths.

Although the coronavirus hasn’t hit the country as hard as other countries, Thailand is missing out on a huge amount of money from the tourism industry.

Thailand is expected to lose 1.3 trillion baht (over £32billion) from tourism alone.

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The huge impact is mainly due to the initial hit of the coronavirus pandemic.

An estimate from the Thai Bankers’ Association said that this figure will increase if the crisis lasts much longer.

However, there is some positive news for the country.

Earlier this month, the nation’s interior minister said that Thailand will re-open borders in 21 provinces on Saturday after closing them in late March.

This will allow Thai people in countries that share borders to return home.

But there are still strict limits on how many people can actually enter each day.

Up to 100 people will be allowed to enter one border checkpoint each day, but they will then have to be in quarantine for 14 days.

The nation also borders Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is currently advising British nationals against all non-essential international travel.

The FCO’s advice for Thailand is states that all but essential travel to areas within the provinces on the Thailand-Malaysia border is banned.

The provinces include Pattani, Sala, Narathiwat and the Southern Songkhla province.

However, this does not include, “areas north of and including the A43 road between Hat Yai and Sakom, and areas north-west of and including the train line which runs between Hat Yai and Pedang Besar.”

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