air travel bubble arrangement between thailand and india in the works - Air ‘travel bubble’ arrangement between Thailand and India in the works

A view of the almost empty departure hall of Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on August 1, 2020, as passenger numbers plummeted due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has given the greenlight to an agreement on an air “travel bubble” scheme between Thailand and India, so passenger services can resume after their suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision is, however, pending a cabinet approval.

CCSA Spokesman Dr. Taweesin visanuyothin said today (Friday) that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed relevant agencies to speed up the promotion of tourism and economic development in Thailand.

Currently, only cargo flights and those under “travel bubble” arrangements are allowed into India. On January 19th, India extended its international commercial passenger flight ban to the end of February.

Dr. Taweesin explained, however, that COVID-19 preventive measures will be strictly enforced on travellers arriving in Thailand from India under the travel bubble plan.

About 1.9 million Indian visitors to Thailand were recorded in 2019.