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No More "ThermoScans" to Enter Thailand?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing thermoscans in Thailand. A recent article from the Bangkok Post, got me thinking of making this video. I urge those who are watching this video to go check out that article for yourselves but the title of the article is: End of airport Thermoscans mooted as COVID fades. Quoting directly: "The Public Health Ministry is planning to propose the end of the body temperature scan for air travelers at airports due to the improving Covid-19 situation. Rungrueng Kitphati, Chairman of the Ministry's Committee assessing the Coronavirus situation, said on Monday the panel would propose that the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) drop the requirement for airports to use thermoscan infrared cameras to detect temperatures of passengers."

Yeah, good to see you. I think that probably makes people feel a little bit more comfortable coming in; it is definitely less intrusive coming in. It's a small step, we need to keep going. I think we are going to need to get rid of Thailand Pass; we are going to need to get rid of the insurance requirements so that we can get tourism numbers back to where we want them, back to that 40 million level we were at in 2019 especially when considering the fact that tourism before this, we have done the video on this, we have cited the sources on this, that tourism made up 18% of GDP maybe more prior to quarter one of 2020 and in the last two years it has been something like 1.8% of GDP so we have seen literally it decimated in the course of all of this. 

Now to one degree or another, it has been understandable but where we are here, now and this thing is looking endemic and many other countries have said it is endemic, it is looking to me like it is probably time to just go ahead and say look we have got to put this behind us; we have got to get tourism back to where it needs to be; we have got to get Thailand back to entertaining the world and quite frankly bringing in all that great foreign exchange that makes the world go round if you will, that makes everything kind of kind of move smoothly here in Thailand. It would be good for everybody, it would be good for the economy, it would be good for folks in the tourism sector, it would be good across the board so hopefully we will see this happen sooner rather than later.