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The Land of Smiles is grinning and bearing ahead with its plan to welcome tourists back to its shores in October – but there's a catch, or 25. A recently released infographic plots out all the hoops potential visitors will have to jump through before being allowed anywhere near the country, from submitting a visa application to four different branches of the Thai Government, to agreeing to a mandatory 14-day quarantine in an ASQ (Alternative State Quarantine) hotel, to health checks, Covid tests, insurance requirements, and a minimum stay of 30 days. "The new, and rather complicated, visa scheme announced by the Thai authorities will do little to increase the number of tourists to Thailand,' said Tim Milner, director of Bamboo Travel. "It may work for back-packers, or retirees hoping to see out the winter in Thailand, but it will not instill the confidence needed to entice normal tourists back to Thailand. In short it is simply not practical to impose a 14-day quarantine on holidaymakers who can ill afford to take a month’s holiday at a time." To Britons and other Europeans who have been able to fly around the continent relatively freely for the last few months, this might seem like a lamentable process but Thailand's borders have been sealed to all but a handful of foreign visitors since late March. The move helped to protect the country while the virus wreaked havoc elsewhere around the globe. To date, Thailand has recorded 3,516 cases of Covid-19 and 59 deaths among a population of nearly 70 million, a response that the World Health Organisation has recognised as one of the best. The destinations welcoming digital nomads, from Anguilla to Estonia It's an achievement Thailand is reluctant to tarnish by reopening its borders too soon. Public fears of foreigners re-importing the virus also remain high but with the Thai tourist industry all but obliterated – 2.5 million people working in tourism are in line to lose their jobs by end of the year with thousands of people in Phuket alone currently relying on food donations – the pressure is on to find a way for international visitors to return. To make the prospect of quarantining more tempting, the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) have suggested the process will be '14 days of fun', with a plan to deliver the delights of Thailand to people's rooms through virtual yoga, meditation, cooking lessons and Thai language classes. The TAT is also encouraging approved hotels to arrange real life activities, such as live music shows which guests could enjoy from their rooms. The first STV visitors are expected to arrive from Europe in October on specially chartered flights and could potentially stay for up to 270 days, but it's hard to imagine there will be a high uptake. A poll conducted by the TAT's London office suggested only six per cent of British tourists would be willing to spend two weeks in quarantine on arrival. "We can't see this creating any increased demand," said Simon Lynch, director of sales at Scott Dunn, which offers holidays to Thailand. "The proposal is incredibly complex and will be off putting to guests looking for an easy getaway in a time where travel has become more of a task than a joy."
Holidays cannot not be deemed “essential” travel. The prospect of six months of 'shutdown' restrictions may, to many, make overseas breaks seem frivolous. Yet, in my experience, even briefly swapping gloom-laden Britain for somewhere with a sunnier disposition delivers a much-needed shot of positivity.
It’s been an extraordinarily tough few months in the hospitality world. During lockdown the country was in a spin, and uncertainty over the future forever loomed in a cloud.
After a brief post-lockdown respite over the summer, when borders reopened and mostly healthy Europeans scattered across the Continent to stretch their legs and bask in the sun, the gates are closing again.
If you are feeling robust in the face of constantly changing restrictions and you fancy booking a holiday, how do you best avoid the risks of cancellations, local lockdowns and sudden changes to quarantine rules?
As the UK stares down the barrel of reimposed Covid restrictions, a holiday abroad seems some way off – especially to Australia, where borders are still closed to international tourists. But hopes are high that tourism Down Under will pick up again in 2021. Until then, here are six of the best island escapes to start planning a 2021 trip to in the interim.
Every day, for the past couple of decades, hundreds of gap year students and professionals on a sabbatical land at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport to kick off months-long journeys along the well-trodden paths of the ‘Banana Pancake Trail’, a classic, loosely defined route through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, lined with budget-friendly accommodations, postcard sights and plenty of boozy bars on palm-fringed beaches.
“Face your demons head-on,” beams Patrik, my rugged kayaking guide who had me swooning before the philosophical sound bites kicked in. “Fear lingers until it’s conquered.” Although I trust him, every bone in my body wants to disobey.
People in Scotland and Wales who have booked holidays over October half term risk losing thousands of pounds, after the devolved governments warned against non-essential travel over the school holidays. Both Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford, first ministers of Scotland Wales, have advised people to avoid non-essential foreign trips over the October school holidays. Speaking on Tuesday, Nicola Sturgeon said families had to consider the October half term as “an opportunity to further limit social interaction”. “Given that this is a global pandemic, please do not book travel overseas for the October break if it is not essential," she said. Drakeford said he was “not saying ‘no holidays’”. However, he told the BBC: “Think carefully about those journeys. If they’re necessary you must make them. If they’re not necessary, please don’t travel unless you have to. That is the message here in Wales.” Despite these warnings, the Foreign Office travel advice has not changed. There are still around 60 countries and territories where people from Scotland and Wales can visit because the UK Government assesses them as “not posing an unacceptably high risk to travellers”. This means that if a holidaymaker follows the informal “stay home” order issued this week, but their holiday company carries on with their holiday in accordance with Foreign Office advice, the individual or family will likely lose money without scope for a refund. There is currently no indication that Westminster is planning on following the lead of Scotland and Wales. Telegraph Travel’s consumer expert, Nick Trend, says: “Scots and Welsh travellers are not entitled to a refund if they cancel their overseas trips in line with recommendations by their governments to avoid holidays overseas. “It seems entirely unreasonable for those who have paid in advance to lose out and, since the recommendations don’t currently have legal force, my advice to those who have already booked is to go ahead with your holiday as planned. Unless that is it is cancelled by the operator or airline, in which case you must be offered a refund.” Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel magazine, told the Times: “There cannot be one rule for holidaymakers and another for airlines. If people are being asked not to travel, then airlines should be made to provide rebooking at no additional cost or refund options to their customers, to prevent them from being left out of pocket or putting public health at risk by taking a holiday they can’t afford to cancel.” Portia Jones, from Cardiff, has a holiday booked to Sicily over October half term. She says she will travel regardless of what the Welsh government encourages. “Encouraging us against travel is far too wishy-washy for me, either say we can travel, or lock us down. The last few months have been nothing but contradictory advice, poorly communicated by people clearly out of their depth. “I haven’t been anywhere in months and it would be great to get away from the disaster that is the UK for a week. We'll follow all the social distancing regulations, wash our hands and try to keep safe of course, as we have been doing here. I’m dreaming of an Aperol spritz in the sun after months of anxiety and uncertainty.” UK holidaymakers can visit an ever-shrinking number of countries. Since the UK border reopened in July, holiday favourites including Spain, France, Croatia, Portugal and the Greek islands have lost their travel corridors. More countries look set to be added to the UK’s ‘no-go’ list later today, with Denmark and Iceland both in the crosshairs. Figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention show the Danish case rate has climbed to 56 per 100,000 people in seven days, while in Iceland it stands at 69 – both well above the Government’s ‘safe’ marker of 20 per 100,000. There are concerns that the whole of Greece may also be removed after the number of cases nationally rose above 20 earlier this week. While some Greek islands – including Mykonos and Santorini – are already on English and Welsh quarantine lists due to local outbreaks, the continued rise could be enough for both to take Scotland’s lead in imposing travel restrictions on the whole of Greece. Italy has also seen an increase in the number of new cases this week, and while the rate is still below 20 (it currently stands at 18), it is possible that Sardinia, which has a much higher case rate, could be placed on the no-go list while the rest of the country remains exempt. All changes to the UK’s list of travel corridors will be revealed at 5pm today by the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, in his weekly quarantine policy update.