Thai authorities don't know what to do with over 5,000 stranded Russian tourists

Thai authorities don't know what to do with over 5000 stranded Russian tourists

The carefree vacation of Russian tourists, who turned out to be record holders in the number of arrivals at the resorts of Thailand, turned out to be a real hassle for them because of the events in Ukraine and tough sanctions against Russia. Some travelers were able to take a roundabout way home, but according to the Thai media, another 5,000 tourists who are stuck in beach resorts need help: they cannot pay their bills due to blocking of bank cards and running out of money or return home because there are no flights. and it is very expensive to go through open points. The Thai authorities are puzzling over how to help them.

As Deputy Governor of the Thailand Tourism Authority Chattan Kunjara noted, more than 5,000 Russian tourists still remain in five provinces that are popular resort destinations among our compatriots: Phuket – 3,100 people, Koh Samui – 2,000 people, a little less in Krabi, Pattaya and Bangkok . Thai Tourism Authority governor Yutasak Supasorn told The Associated Press on Friday that in addition to Russians, there are 1,000 more Ukrainians in the country's resorts who cannot travel home.

The start of the Russian special operation on February 24 provoked a series of international measures against Russian companies and banks, with some domestic carriers canceling flights abroad and global payment systems suspending services. Although almost all direct flights from Russia have been suspended, connections are still available through major carriers based in the Middle East. But not all tourists can afford this option of returning to their homeland.

Thai authorities are making efforts to help those who want to return home, the deputy director noted, including “discussions on return flights, which may be scheduled or special.”

Thai media told the story of a 41-year-old tourist from Moscow and mother three children (2, 4 and 7 years old), who came on vacation with her husband and children, but soon discovered that they could not return home, since Aeroflot's return tickets were canceled.

“We are very nervous because the children are very small, we do not have enough money to live here. We want to go to the airport tomorrow, but I don’t know what the situation will be,” she complained, adding that they were supposed to fly home on February 28.

The crisis in Europe has also thwarted plans to rebuild the tourism sector in Southeast Asia, which received more Russian tourists than any of its neighbors prior to the pandemic. But many now found themselves without a return ticket. According to the Ministry of Health, 17,599 Russians arrived in Thailand in February, which is 8.6% of the total number of tourists (203,970 people). Since the beginning of the Russian special operation in Ukraine on February 24, their number has dropped dramatically.

For stranded travelers, the Thai government has offered a free 30-day visa extension, opened a call center for tourists in need of help, and is trying to find inexpensive alternative accommodation for those who are forced to stay in the country for a long period and cannot leave.

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