However, talks between the two sides appear to be progressing slowly. Meanwhile, Thailand is allowing vaccinated travellers to visit the resort island of Phuket under a special ‘sandbox’ scheme.
- Regional air traffic will likely remain at very low levels until the end of the year.
- Most South-east Asian countries will look to expand and diversify their vaccine portfolios.
- Further COVID-19 lockdowns will hold back attempts to revive pandemic-hit economies.