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The number of foreign tourists entering Thailand was zero in April, about 3.2 million people in the same period last year

Date:2020-06-03

On May 16, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand issued another announcement saying that from June 1 to June 30, it will continue to extend the ban on passenger flights from all countries.

On June 2, according to Reuters, the number of foreign tourists entering Thailand in April was zero. This is because Thailand has taken measures to close all border crossings and ban passenger flights from all countries to curb the new coronary pneumonia epidemic. According to data from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, in April last year, the number of foreign tourists entering Thailand was approximately 3.2 million, and tourism consumption was approximately 146 billion baht.

Public reports show that in order to prevent the increase of imported cases abroad, Thailand announced that from April 4 to May 31, passenger flights from all countries will be banned, and all border crossings will be closed. Only approved Thai citizens will be allowed to return to the country. Unconditionally accept centralized isolation for 14 days. On May 16, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand issued another announcement saying that from June 1 to June 30, it will continue to extend the ban on passenger flights from all countries.

According to data released by the Tourism Authority of Thailand on May 11, the number of foreign tourists visiting Thailand this year is expected to drop by 65% to 14 million, the lowest level in 14 years. According to reports, from January to March this year, the number of foreign tourists in Thailand fell by 38% to only 6.69 million, of which the number of Chinese tourists fell by 60% to only 1.25 million.

Tourism is vital to Thailand. According to official data from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thailand received a total of 39.8 million foreign tourists (Chinese tourists reached 11 million) in 2019. These foreign tourists spent a total of 1.93 trillion baht in Thailand, accounting for 11% of Thailand’s GDP.