Relax, the Swedes are coming: Swedish tourists rush to book trips to Thailand

Sandra Miller Kinge. Image: Aftonbladet

Travel operators have reported a surge in bookings from Swedish tourists eager to visit Thailand after the country reopened to international visitors on Nov 1.

According to an article by Swedish news outlet Aftonbladet, the news that Thailand is open to international tourists has been welcomed with open arms by people in Sweden.

Sandra Miller Kinge from the Apollo travel group said that there have been three times as many bookings to Thailand compared to the week previous, adding that there has been great interest in Thailand.

Meanwhile, travel giant Tui revealed there has been a five fold increase in bookings compared to the period before Thailand announced an end to the quarantine requirements.

“The surge in bookings is good news for Thais who earn a living from the tourism industry”, said Adam Györki, communications manager at Tui.

Tui said Swedes were mainly booking trips to Phuket, Khao Lak, Koh Lanta and Krabi.

The report said that now would be a good time to visit as those locations are likely to be quieter than normal.

The report also highlighted the issues faced by those travelling to Thailand with children under the current entry requirements, particularly for those who are under 12 years of age and unvaccinated. The issue concerns the event of the child testing positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Thailand.

This post was republished with permission from ASEAN NOW