- Tourism matters. In Nepal they allow international flights from Sept 1 but tourists are not yet welcome. Only Nepali’s and diplomats. Logic with a number of 500-1000 new corona cases daily. Visa on arrival is still suspended. Flight schedule in pic.
- In Vietnam all 2200 foreigners, expats and stranded, of Danang are tested.
- In Singapore they cut the quarantine for people from Vietnam from 14 days to 7 days as it’s a low risk category country.
- Thailand’s Tourism arrivals and spending dropped some 70% in the first seven months.
- Travel between Cambodia and Malaysia via Singapore is available now.
- No more quarantine for foreign experts on short term visit in Vietnam.
Tourism – medical/domestic
- Thailand is looking for renewed medical tourism. In 2019 alone it had 632,000 foreign patients that spent 122 billion baht. 172 patients have arrived since July while 740 have requested entry by now.
- The postponed Songkran 4 days holiday attracted a lot of domestic tourism. Pattaya was packed. Koh Chang had 23,000 visitors. There was a govt stimulus of 40% discount on hotel bills. Some 8.8 billion baht was spent during the 4 days.
Tourism – Long Stay
- The Thai govt is also seeking ways to attract the mostly Europeans that usually always came during their local winter time. Now they might be able to get a 9 months visa that starts with a 2 weeks quarantine. Probably they need to start at Phuket and get their tests their. By negative result they are free to travel throughout the country. The plan is not yet finalized.
- All foreigners who had a visa exemption in Thailand need to extend their visa before Sept 26. Those who can’t leave because of covid in their home country or flight unavailability need certification from their embassy. The 3 months report at immigration is required. More here https://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/advanced/1983063/tat-says-country-ready-to-reopen
Teen mom’s – marriage
- It’s hard to imagine but the topic of teen mom’s is still very actual within many Asian countries.
- In the Philippines each year around 1.2 million girls between the age of 10 and 19 have a child, resulting in a respectable rate of 24 babies per hour. In the Philippines the data of teen mom’s and pregnancy has a steady increase. Family planning is still not known there. In 2002 some 6.3% of teenagers were pregnant. It was 13.6% pregnancies of young girls by 2013. The coronavirus lockdown will bring an even bigger baby boom of which many teens.
- A survey in Cambodia in 1984 found that 28% of girls were married before the age of 18 years old. By 2014 it was 19% married before age 18. Though, a 2018 study of northern provinces showed that 1 out of every 9 girls married between 12 – 17 years old while it was 19% of the girls between 15 -17 years old.
- In Thailand the govt tries to get the number of teen mom’s down from 31,4 per 1000 to 25 per 1000 by the year 2026. Last year alone around 169 babies were born each day to mom’s between the age of 15 – 19 and 6 babies per day to mom’s younger than 15 years old, which brings the year numbers to over 61,000 babies with under 20 mom’s and over 2000 babies with under 15 year old mom’s.
- Of course, the govt of Thailand is usually good in searching for the wrong causes. Anything better than looking at your own wrongs or cultural problems. It seems hard to educate people who need many children to care for them when they’re old or help them in the farm and a govt lets you down in that.
- In Vietnam more mothers abandon their babies, of which between 300,000 – 400,000 abortions each year by girls between 15 – 19 years old. The cause of the many unwanted pregnancies is a lack of comprehensive sexual awareness. The last 5 years alone some 40,000 babies were dumped and collected to be buried. Unfortunately they’re not given for adoption.
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