Although they are less connected, Russians still desire to visit Thailand. Currently, travel to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Poland is prohibited for Russians. Russian tourists became the second-largest international source market for Phuket’s tourism industry in the years before the pandemic, contributing significantly to Thailand’s tourism revenue. Russian tourists will be flown into Thailand on chartered flights three times per week during the High Season thanks to the TAT’s collaboration with travel companies. As a result of several airlines suspending their Thailand-Russia services after Russian President Vladimir Putin attacked Ukraine in February, Russia’s access to the kingdom has decreased. On October 30, 2022, Aeroflot will resume operating daily nonstop flights between Russia and Phuket. This winter, Thailand is openly embracing travelers from the former Soviet Union, in contrast to numerous European nations that have imposed travel restrictions on Russia. Russians were the first to download Test & Go/Thailand Pass and board a flight to Thailand, despite the mountains of paperwork, money, quarantine, and insurance required to vacation in Thailand when the borders crept back up during the pandemic. However, Thailand urgently needs to increase tourism-related earnings, as the TAT reports that airline connectivity between Thailand and the rest of the world is just 50% of 2019 levels.

To increase tourism earnings during the High Season, which runs from November to February, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) this week disclosed plans to fly Russian tourists into Thailand on regularly scheduled chartered aircraft. If communication between Russia and Thailand is enhanced, the TAT anticipates that Russians will come back and spend their rubles in the country once more. Some services are still available, but the cost of tickets has increased by four to five times from before the conflict, making it unaffordable for many Russians to visit Thailand. The invasion of Ukraine by Russia, which has resulted in at least 5,827 deaths of Ukrainian nationals, is supported by three-quarters of Russian residents, according to Lithuania’s interior minister this week.

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