Famous islands of Southeast Asia are opening up to tourists after an extended break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Southeast nations like Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia kept the number of COVID infections low during 2020. But COVID's delta variant changed all that and forced many Southeast Asian nations to deal with massive virus outbreaks within their countries.
The advent of the delta variant and the rise in COVID cases caused many countries to further lockdowns and sealing off of borders to limit the spread of the virus. As a result, international travel and tourism to Southeast Asia were virtually non-existent for most of 2021.
But now, many Southeast Asian countries are set to open or already opened many popular tourist destinations after a long time. Thailand has opened the famous tourist island of Phuket with a novel 'sandbox' scheme. According to a Tourism Authority of Thailand report, tourism on the island in July and August generated almost $48 million in revenue.
Vietnam will open up the country for tourism for fully vaccinated visitors. Singapore welcomed European tourists for the first time in over a year and a half earlier this month. Indonesia is set to open Bali, Bintan, Batam, and other famous island destinations. However, the reopening date is yet to be announced.
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