Asean summit: Thailand calls for a new start in tourism in the region
BANGKOK (dpa-AFX) – Thailand has asked the Southeast Asian states to follow the example from Bangkok and also to reopen their borders. “The Asean countries should start reopening and allow safe travel to revive their economies,” said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at the virtual summit of the international community. In most Asean member states, the number of infections has been falling for weeks after a violent wave.
From November 1st, the popular holiday destination Thailand wants to receive tourists with full vaccination protection from 46 countries for quarantine-free holidays, including from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Most of the other member states have closed their borders or require several weeks of quarantine after entry.
Prayut also campaigned for the establishment of a travel corridor for the countries in the region, as the newspaper “Bangkok Post” reported on Wednesday. The proposal for an Asean travel corridor has been on the table since last year. In addition to Thailand, Indonesia also wants the plan to be implemented as soon as possible. The Asean must learn lessons from the pandemic in order to be more resilient to such crises in the future, Prayut said.
The Asean belong to ten countries, including popular travel destinations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore and Malaysia. Indonesia is by far the largest and most influential member state. Only Myanmar is missing from this year’s meeting: The group had unloaded military ruler Min Aung Hlaing because of a lack of democratic progress after the coup in February. The summit started on Tuesday and will last until Thursday./cfn/DP/eas