Are Tourists Allowed in Thailand from 1 July 2020?
Travel Restrictions: Thailand government has announced the borders to reopen on 31 July 2020 after more than 5 weeks of low local transmission of the Coronavirus. The government is easing its restrictions in phases, but also urged all citizens to remain vigilant at all times, practice hand hygiene and safe social distancing.
Only repatriating Thai citizens and non-Thais who meet the special conditions are allowed in the Kingdom. Depending on the situation, tourists will likely have to wait until the last quarter of the year before they are allowed to enter.
Some popular tourist destinations such as Hua Hin have been reopened. Phuket will remain close for now as the most popular tourist hub emerged as a COVID-19 hotspot in March with the highest infection rate per capita out of the 77 provinces.
On a positive and happy note, Thailand’s well-deserved wildlife has benefitted from the lockdown, particularly marine animals who are returning to its once overcrowded tourist destinations. Pink dugongs were spotted around Ban Phe; in Koh Samet, green turtles laid eggs for the first time in six years in Koh Samui beaches. There are more than 300 turtles on record that hatched and returned to sea.
The marine and wildlife is healing and beautifying itself back to its former glory.
Let’s look on the bright side and be patient. Submerging yourself in the vast ocean could happen sooner than you think. Book your next scuba diving holiday with Divegraphy to support the sustainable diving industry!
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