• Thailand might dissolve two-week mandatory quarantine for foreign visitors with proof of Covid-19 vaccination

    Published on : Thursday, February 25, 2021

    Thailand may dissolve its two-week mandatory quarantine for foreign visitors who come with proof of Covid-19 vaccination as the Southeast Asian nation aims to resurrect its pandemic-hit tourism industry.

    Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha said that his government will consider allowing visitors who can produce a vaccination certificate for skipping quarantine and authorities will come up with a plan to keep a vigil on them during their stay in Thailand.

    The plan to ease rules for tourists marks a shift in Thailand’s attitude after months of mandatory quarantine in the absence of enough evidence that inoculations can prevent virus transmission. This move could strengthen Thailand’s tourism sector that contributed about one-fifth to the nation’s economy before the pandemic hit.

    Nattaporn Triratanasirikul, an economist at Kasikorn Research Center in Bangkok said, “If this goes ahead as planned, it will be a big boost to tourism and economy. There is still a very high uncertainty on the economic outlook this year, pending all the issues related to the outbreak from local infections, vaccine rollouts and border reopening plan.”

    Thailand’s central bank has said that uncertain recovery in tourist arrivals is “a major risk” to the medium-term growth outlook. Governor Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput said that it would be very difficult for the economy to go back to pre-pandemic levels without tourism getting revived.

    While Thailand has reopened its borders to maximum foreign visitors since October, strict quarantine rules have turned most tourists away. The local industry has been urging for relaxed quarantine rules to attract tourists from countries that have started vaccine rollouts like China, Singapore and the U.K.

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  • With lesser foreign tourists, Morocco relies on local tourism

    Published on : Saturday, February 20, 2021

    The closure of the borders, more than a year ago due to the pandemic, has blocked foreign tourists who visited regularly, getting lured by the beauty of Morocco’s snow-capped Atlas Mountains.

    Moulay Abdellah Lahrizi, owner of the Auberge des Jardins d’Azrou, has lost 70% of his clientele.

    “We hope to be able to see foreign tourism in the country as soon as possible because that’s what really saves the situation because it’s tourism that runs all year round and runs every day. And then we, as guides, as lodge owners, we receive tourists like those every day. Other than that, local tourism is really a good thing, it has saved our work, but it’s not sufficient,” said Moulay Abdellah.

    Even though foreign tourists have significantly declined over the past few months, local tourism seems to have stayed positive.

    Youssef Mouhyi, director of the “Maison de la cédraie” said, “This region has been more or less saved by local tourism because we are in a fairly open region, we are in the ecotourism sector, so thank God, there is traffic, there are people coming, visiting the region. We are also mainly helped by Ifrane, a region in great demand where there are demand and many visits.”

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  • Sri Lanka set to reopen for foreign tourists this weekTravel And Tour World

    Published on : Tuesday, January 19, 2021

    After observing a ten-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sri Lanka has finally decided to reopen its borders to foreign tourists on Thursday, January 21, 2021. However, all travellers will be subject to strict coronavirus related protocols. Under the current regulations, tourists will be allowed to stay in 55 designated hotels, which will be off limits to locals except for staff, across the country.

    Visitors will also be required to produce a negative PCR test, taken up to four days before their arrival. They will also be required to undergo two more tests for a visit of up to seven days and three tests if they stay for more than a week. Tourists will also be required to purchase insurance, costing US$12, that will cover up to US$50,000 in COVID-19 related medical costs. Passengers who have spent up to two weeks in Britain before arriving will not be allowed to enter the country, however, and flights from the U.K. will continue to remain banned. The decision has been undertaken in an effort to keep curb a more contagious COVID-19 variant.

     Kimarli Fernando, Chairperson, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said in a statement that the tourism is announcing the reopening with great pleasure and excitement and mentioned that as the country opens its doors to the world once again, authorities have pulled out all the stops, ensuring that every precautionary measure has been set in place to make the island getaway as safe, secure and serene as possible for the visitors.

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    Tags: Covid-19, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Tourism