Thailand has been experiencing a rise in the number of travelers seeking to get away from the country’s long, oppressive rule and find safety abroad.
Travel agencies are scrambling to stay ahead of the crisis, with the government announcing on Tuesday that it would stop accepting foreign travelers in October and December and require that they register.
Tourists have also begun returning to the country to get their passports stamped and pay a hefty price for a few weeks.
Some travelers, however, are finding it difficult to find travel agents, or are afraid to travel in the first place.
Travel agency nytimes said it had to lay off staff after the government announced it would shut down its Thai service.
“Thailand’s travel industry has been shaken,” said Richard Apt, a marketing executive for Traveler’s Tales, a travel agency in Singapore.
“But the tourism industry has a long way to go.”
The government, which controls the nation’s borders, also announced a crackdown on illegal gambling.
It also said it would ban the sale of alcohol and other drugs on Thai hotels.
The travel agency that serves most of the country said it was hiring as many as 100 staff to ensure it can cope with the influx of tourists.
In Bangkok, many restaurants and other eateries have been shut down by authorities in the wake of the shutdown.
The government has been cracking down on illegal casinos, which are illegal under Thailand’s constitution.
Authorities have banned the sale and distribution of gambling products and other gambling paraphernalia.
A government statement issued on Tuesday said it has suspended the entry of gambling venues.
Thailand has also banned the import of alcohol for domestic consumption, and banned the production and sale of gambling devices.
The ban will take effect in early October, but many hotels will remain closed, and visitors will be required to pay a large sum to gain entry.