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Thailand Seeks Travel Bubble Pact With China to Spur Tourism

  • Two-way quarantine-free travel may start as early as January
  • Chinese holidaymakers spent $17 billion in Thailand last year
Thais Flock to Beaches As Nation Considers Protocols for Return of Foreign Tourists
Photographer: Andre Malerba/Bloomberg
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Thailand is in talks with China to establish a quarantine-free travel corridor by January to rescue its ailing tourism industry.

The agreement with Beijing will be subject to the success of a limited reopening of the Thai tourism industry to foreign travelers this month, according to Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn. China, which accounted for more than a quarter of Thailand’s tourist arrivals before the pandemic, will be the first low-risk country the Southeast Asian nation will sign up for quarantine-free travel, he said.