seaweed Just a week ago, there was a lot of ‘anticipation’ about the resumption of travel to Southeast Asia. However, within a week, charter flights have been confirmed and a growing number of countries are preparing to receive tourists by region. From November, Thailand’s Chiang Mai Golf Charter will be available.
Ji This is the first charter flight for golf purposes since the corona virus. It has been done before as a product using Thailand’s golf quarantine, but this is the first time for a chartered plane.
seaweed Things we didn’t know were going on under the water. There seems to be a lot of work behind the scenes. The provinces are also knocking on plans to operate charter flights to Thailand and Vietnam early next year. It’s not done yet, but it’s still going on. The higher the inoculation rate, the more likely it will be successful. Since Japan and China are still closing their borders, it is likely that Southeast Asia will be the place to fly chartered planes.
Ji Thailand plans to allow entry without quarantine for all of Thailand to those who have been vaccinated from some countries. Indonesia starts with quarantine in Bali and Vietnam in Phu Quoc. The local quarantine model implemented in Thailand earlier, such as the Phuket Sandbox, seems to have a positive effect on neighboring countries.
hand Southeast Asia is highly dependent on the tourism industry, so it is likely that travel will resume in a phased manner from a limited area. Vaccinations are given first to local residents that are open to foreigners.
Ji The Tourism Authority of Thailand is implementing a safety certification system called SHA Plus, but those entering through local quarantine methods such as Phuket Sandbox or Samui Plus can only use the currently certified facilities.
seaweed Considering the size of the market, even if Europe and long-distance are opened while China and Japan are blocked, quantitatively it is insufficient. From the perspective of the industry as a whole, Southeast Asia must be open to help the recovery realistically.
hand As of 2019, as a result of estimating the top 10 destinations by collecting the number of Korean visitors counted and announced by each country’s tourism ministries, all were Asian countries except for the United States. Among them, six countries were Southeast Asian except for Japan, China, and Hong Kong. Considering both price and time, Asia is the place where you can go without hesitation. Although travel to Southeast Asia is being done regionally now, it is not a situation where you can normally go to all the places you want. For a relatively long time, there are many predictions that Guam and Saipan, which have similar flight times to Southeast Asia, will reap the benefits.
Ji After entering Korea in July, the PCR test was reduced to once (6th to 7th day after entering Korea). According to an official from the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the test was revived right after entering the country as a case was confirmed within a week after entering the country. It seems that the country’s distance is also important in resuming travel. When operating the package, restrictions on private gatherings are a challenge.
seaweed You should not expect the old level in inbound as well. First of all, the opening of the inbound sector means more. We need to prepare new standards and actively prepare for the changing circumstances. At least one person must be properly attracted and guided to a safe schedule. Travel agencies are also busy because they have been stopped for so long. However, the issue is whether the inbound side has human resources and ground guidance infrastructure to handle it. Due to the prolonged corona crisis, there are likely to be many companies that operate alone.
hand Although there is an upward trend in the industry for the resumption of overseas travel, there are still many people who do not know whether they can really travel. In particular, with regard to self-quarantine, there are a surprising number of people who do not know that those who have been vaccinated can be exempted from quarantine upon returning from overseas travel. With the exception of some countries exempted from quarantine designated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, those who have been vaccinated are exempt from quarantine when entering Korea after travel.
seaweed Vaccine incentives related to travel should be further expanded. Nothing has been added since the beginning.
hand How about issuing a PCR test negative English confirmation certificate at the public health center for free? An English confirmation must be issued by a hospital, but the price is expensive, around 100,000 won. If you are vaccinated, reducing the number of PCR tests after entry can be an incentive.
Ji There are a lot of things you need to prepare for a trip in the Corona era. Singapore Travel Bubble, which is scheduled to go into effect in November, recognizes mutual vaccination certificates, saving the effort of preparing documents. In principle, when Koreans enter Singapore, they must present it in the form of the COOV app. It is slow, but it seems that the road is opened one by one and the restrictions are relaxed.
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