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Country gets set for China arrivals

Tourists arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport. China’s reopening is expected to bring in an influx of travellers. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

When the Department of Disease Control announced on New Year’s Eve that Thailand would no longer impose Covid-19 screening measures on Chinese visitors, the move quickly stirred a heated public debate.

Thailand and China have built close diplomatic relations over a half-century, while significant spending of 531 billion baht from more than 10 million Chinese visitors in 2019 was cited as one major reason why the Thai government opted to take a lenient position.

The tourism industry applauded the decision as arrivals rebounded to 11.8 million last year, according to the Tourism Authority of…

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