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Thailand Immigration: Is "Safe and Sealed" a New "Travel Bubble" Plan?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing, well we have been discussing "travel bubbles"; they were put on hold some weeks back and it appears that Thai Tourism officials, Thai Immigration officials, policy makers here in the Kingdom are trying to somehow delineate some kind of protocol, some kind of initiative to get some tourism back into Thailand.

A recent article from Bangkok Post, that is, I found to be rather enlightening on this topic. The article is titled "Safe and Sealed Brings Hope for Tourism Rally. Quoting directly:  "Tourism operators are proposing a new inbound tourism plan called "Safe and Sealed" to replace "Travel Bubbles" and keep Thailand from realizing the worst-case revenue scenario of 675 billion Baht next year down from 3.01 trillion Baht in 2019. They go on to quote directly from Tourism Minister Phipat Ratchakitprakarn. Quoting further: "Safe means we will select only guests from a city with a record of no infections for at least 30 days and they can travel under the sealed conditions provided by tour operators in designated hotels and provinces that agree to welcome those tourists." I urge those that are watching this video to go read that article. There is a lot more in there. I am just parsing out this one particular topic to discuss it with respect to the so called "travel bubble" previous initiative and just to discuss Thai Immigration sort of generally. 

Thai Tourism officials, I think even Thai Immigration officials I think anybody at a policy level here in Thailand would agree, the lack of Tourism is very concerning especially as tourism accounts for a substantial portion of GDP here in the Kingdom. For this reason, folks are trying to come up with plans to both protect Thailand in terms of public health and safety and also encourage tourism and get some tourists back into the Kingdom. Now exactly how this is going to play out remains to be seen but I think for those, especially those folks watching this video who are in the tourism business or related businesses associated therewith, I think this hopefully marks the beginning of initiatives to start somewhat reopening the country to at least some tourists. Again all of this remains to be seen. It is all the subject of speculation and conjecture. We will be keeping you updated on this channel as things progress but at least for the moment, things look at least to be showing some signs of promise that some slight "light at the end of the tunnel" with respect to the ending of the shut down here in Thailand and hopefully the recommencement of tourism in the coming months ahead.