On June 15, the government of Thailand lifted its nationwide curfew. To stimulate the tourism industry, Thailand is looking into the possibility of signing agreements with other countries where the pandemic situation is stable to form a "safe travel bubble" and conditionally open its borders to citizens of those countries.Taiwan reportedly made the cut.
After 18 days of no new domestic coronavirus cases, Thailand lifted its nationwide curfew on the 15th with schools with a student body under 120, exhibition halls and entertainment venues allowed to reopen. Thailand is now exploring a "Travel Bubble" scheme aimed at creating a "safe tourism circle" with other pandemic-stable countries to stimulate tourism. Tourists from countries in the circle will be able to enter Thailand and forego the 14 days of quarantine. Taiwan reportedly made the cut.
According to the understanding of our representative office in Thailand, Thailand has not actually excluded Taiwan from its priority list. They are simply making sure border controls and supplementary measures are in place before sending the plan in for the cabinet to review.
The ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Thailand has not excluded Taiwan and it is simply in the process of making sure supplementary border controls and measures are in place. In addition, Thailand's cabinet has not yet reviewed the plan. In Europe, a number of countries have lifted tourism restrictions and at least 14 countries including England, Spain, Greece, Iceland and Turkey are conditionally allowing ROC citizens to enter. Analysts say the willingness of Taiwanese tourists to travel overseas will stay low as long as Taiwan's border controls remain in place.
Taiwan's borders remain closed, so it wouldn't matter if the whole world opened their borders to (ROC citizens). If our borders remain closed until after October, which is what is recommended by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, it will most definitely impact our commercial and economic development.
Ringo Lee says any tourism agreement signed between Taiwan and other countries have to be mutually beneficial and treat both sides as equals. With the 14-day quarantine still required when entering Taiwan, the tourism industry is unlikely to rebound any time soon. Tokyo lifted its pandemic warning and Japan lifted its nationwide state of emergency on the 11th, paving the way for the third stage of reopening and easing entry restrictions for businesspersons and scholars from certain countries. Taiwan did not make the list.