The fortress has fallen: today, the Thai Ministry of Health, which is holding on to the mandatory mask regime to the last, officially recognized the wearing of masks as a voluntary matter. At least outdoors. In public transport, however, wearing it remains recommended. Note that from July 1, Thailand plans to cancel the last obstacles for tourists – the notorious Thailand Pass and compulsory insurance in the amount of 10,000 US dollars and is waiting for a surge in tourists. At the same time, neither Europeans nor Chinese will lead – and, alas, not Russian tourists – as long as Indian tourists remain leaders in the country in terms of tourist flow, and, oddly enough, residents of Malaysia.
“Wearing a mask is now a voluntary practice so that people can now live closer to normal conditions. The Ministry of Health recommends wearing a mask only when living with other people in a crowded place, in areas where there are large crowds of people where they cannot maintain social distancing, or in a poorly ventilated place to reduce the risk of infection transmission, ”the position of the department was announced. in the official Royal Gazette. As commented in the local media, “reading between the lines” of this announcement about masks, one can understand that everyone, including tourists, is officially allowed to walk the streets and public places in a mask, but they will have to wear them in public transport. In addition, private businesses and organizations will also be able to enforce their own rules for wearing masks – shops, taxis and airlines. As a result, we can recall the Russian realities of the last months of quarantine, when the mask was in the pocket “just in case.”
Recall that on July 1 in Thailand they plan to cancel the last obstacles that irritate tourists – the Thailand Pass and compulsory insurance for a large amount. As a result, Thailand is counting on the mass arrival of tourists. At the same time, the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, said that as soon as the Thailand Pass is canceled, one country – the supplier of tourists will be able to bypass the other in terms of numbers. We are talking about Malaysia and India.
And the situation is this: so far, Indian tourists have made up the most majority in Thailand – from January 1 to May 24, more than 100 thousand of them arrived. However, Malaysian tourists flooded affordable Phuket earlier this month. AirAsia's daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Phuket were fully booked. Bangkok, Krabi, Koh Samui, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and other well-known resorts have also been invaded. In total, there are almost 79 thousand tourists from Malaysia who have arrived in Thailand since the beginning of the year. This is a big figure, even considering skeptics' comments that a significant number of these tourists, especially those arriving through the southern border checkpoints, are traders and locals living in two countries.
Also, the Minister of Tourism added that factors that attract foreign tourists to Thailand are the weakening of the Thai baht against the US dollar, the relatively low cost of living and reasonable prices for hotel rooms.
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