Thais lobby to ease UK ‘red’ travel list ban

  • A British deputy minister is preparing to visit Phuket under its Sandbox tourism scheme, raising hopes Britain may soon remove Thailand from its travel “red list”, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). The British government added Thailand to its “red list” on 30 Aug 21, which resulted in banning people from Thailand entry into the UK.
  • The travel restriction does not ban British people from travelling to Thailand. But British citizens who return from Thailand must enter quarantine for 10 days, Nanthasiri Ronsiri, director of TAT’s Phuket office, said 8 Sep 21.
  • The TAT’s London office has convened a meeting with the Royal Thai embassy there and the British government to discuss the possiblity of easing the ban. Citing Phuket Immigration Office data, more than 3,000 British tourists have arrived on the island under its tourism scheme during the past two weeks.
  • Kongsak Khoopongsakorn, president of the southern chapter of the Thailand Hotels Association, said his association and other tourism industry groups will petition authorities to ease alcohol restrictions in Phuket, which are forcing many potential foreign tourists to look elsewhere.

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