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All foreigners will have to serve 14 day quarantine “in the foreseeable future” – Minister

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Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, Pipat Ratchakitprakan, is reassuring Thais by explaining that all foreigners, regardless of their status or origins, will have to serve a mandatory 14 day quarantine, at least “in the foreseeable future”.

Thailand officials are currently prepares phase six of the re-opening of the country, loosening the restrictions imposed in April when the country closed its borders and went into a ‘lockdown’. The next phase, posed for introduction in early August, will allow migrant workers, film production crews and Thailand Elite Visa holders to return to the country amongst other categories that have previously been approved for a return to the country.

The Minister’s comments follow announcements yesterday that Vietnam is ‘evacuating’ 80,000 people from the central coastal city of Da Nang after a new cluster of community spread cases and the accelerating rise of new cases across parts of the world, notably, India, Russia, US, South American countries and South Africa. And small 2nd waves that have arisen in places like Singapore, Japan, Spain, Hong Kong and Australia.

Thailand has recorded no locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 for over 2 months. But it does continue to identify newly infected Thai repatriates who have flown back from overseas. All are being identified whilst serving their 14 day quarantine.

His comments also pour cold water on the proposed “travel bubbles” indicating that they will be shelved until later this year, if they’re introduced at all. The Thai government, under the leadership of the Covid-19 Centre for Situation Administration, has shown itself to be extremely risk-averse when it comes to its ongoing handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and has publicly said it is putting public health ahead of reviving its economy.

The Minister of Tourism and Sports was visiting the Network for Community Enterprises and Farmers’ Community Tourism in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province.

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    July 28, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    I dont think Thailand will have to be worried about foreigners returning, with the quarantine and not making tourist feel welcome. They will simply not come.

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      July 29, 2020 at 6:14 pm

      Having just returned home, Bermuda, passing through 4 intl. airports and NYC subways and regional train, I arrived at our “OPEN” airport. The health authorities were in total control. Temp checks, paperwork (they had the passenger lists), ‘pcr test’ before leaving, if pre test neg, you get your 2nd result that evening, 2 negatives means your free to move about the country. As a local, and knowing I had no covid coming from 3 1/2 months BK. No pre test = 3 day quarantine, refuse all testing = 14 day quarantine. Every other flight we get a + arriving on a flight, we deal with it.

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    Alan Detro

    July 28, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Thank goodness that level-headedness seems to be prevailing ahead of money. I hope that ALL people who travel to (or back to) Thailand, regardless of their origins, including Thais, will have to serve 14 days quarantine upon arrival regardless of circumstances, income or influence.

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      July 29, 2020 at 10:19 am

      For how many years do you want this foolishness?

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    July 28, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    If this is the case then they should add more asq hotels and open up fully. Because there are some people who don’t mind to quarantine Because they would be staying longer then a couple of weeks

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    July 28, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Then dont expect any tourist in Thailand this year as nobody will accept having to quarantine for 14 days in a hotel or other location , plus pay to have $100,000 in medical coverage just to visit Thailand I’m sure there will be plenty of other Asian countries that will willingly take all the foreign tourist that Thailand is giving up

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      Rinky Stingpiece

      July 29, 2020 at 6:49 am

      Maybe one or two, like Japan… but even Spain is off limits now, so Asia isn’t probably on many people’s lists now anyway.

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    toby andrews

    July 28, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    There is no foreseeable future for the Thailand economy.
    The foreseeable future for Thailand is poverty and citizens back to farming and fishing.

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    July 29, 2020 at 6:36 am

    “Serve” 14 days quarantine?

    I thought one “serves” jail time, incarceration, time served?

    May as well tell any and all involved in foreign tourism to pack up and go be rice farmers as the regime has no interest in the outside world.

    Did I mention before that this is all due to a flu that has a 0.0085% fatality rate worldwide – with most of those deaths in old and old and otherwise very sick people who were (sadly) on their way out anyways?

    Don’t forget to cheer for your govt leaders folks, they’re here to help you (cough cough)

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      KIM TRAN

      August 2, 2020 at 11:00 am

      You are 100% correct but sadly the sheeple don’t realise this. If no one was wearing masks and the news were not feeding us thus narrative, you would not notice that anything was wrong or there was even a corona virus. Plus governments around the world still refuse to use hydroxychloroquin as a treatment for covid.

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    Ricardo Elsewhere

    July 29, 2020 at 10:11 am

    COVID has created a different way of living and working, but also of traveling. 14 day quarantine does sound a bit unrealistic given the old tourism model. But, maybe no longer. There are a lot of people who can continue to do their work remotely–in fact, more than ever before. If they couple that with a longer than usual holiday (say for 2 months), then this may be the safest new tourism model for Thailand. Rotating out and replacing tourist with new ones is dangerous. So, the longer visitors stay and contribute to the economy is both safer and more economically sound. Plus, there are a lot of people in the western countries that are under financial strain. If they can leave their expensive life in the west for a more affordable one in Thailand, then this can certainly be another incentive. So, 14 days quarantine is not so bad. Just make that time useful and have a good view. It is not a replacement solution, only a bridge.

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    July 29, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    From my point of view, it is safe to let tourists in from countries with low numbers of infections, who are tested on SARS-CoV-2 with a negative result.

    They could bring a test result with them and then they could be tested at the airport on arrival again. Two tests are safe enough to drop quarantine.

    Even then the number of tourists will be lower than needed. In the foreseeable future there will be a panic in the countries, who depends on tourism, about their economic development. And then the race will start about letting everyone in again. But even then, not enough tourists will come to that countries.

    Btw: If you can believe the official numbers, Thailand didn‘t have a serious corona pandemic, even when they let everyone in. Until now more people in Thailand commit suicide due to economic reasons than people have died of Covid-19.

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      July 30, 2020 at 4:33 am

      After many data’s research..
      I believe that covid 19
      Is just a flu, which attack weak immune system..the problem is the pandemic,
      Coz government did use to balance the economy..
      It is a scam and scandals of the ststem

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        July 31, 2020 at 2:19 am

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        July 31, 2020 at 2:25 am

        Sorry, I meant this. without “category”
        Covid-19 is a respiratory illness, so is the Flu. Symptoms are also the same between Covid-19 and the Flu. In fact, the Flu kills more people then Covid-19 ever will.

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          August 1, 2020 at 8:03 am

          Total and complete nonsense. The mortality rate from the flu is 1/10 of 1 percent. The mortality rate from COVID-19 is as high as 15% in some countries and is 3.5% globally. More than 50% of recovering people with COVID-19 suffer from heart conditions, brain problems, and organ failures. Take your tinfoil hat off with your silly world control conspiracy nonsense.

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        August 1, 2020 at 8:08 am

        The flu is caused by a Rino virus and not a Corona virus. Balancing the economy by destroying it with a lockdown??? The only scam is your comment.

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    July 31, 2020 at 2:17 am

    “All foreigners will have to serve 14 day quarantine “in the foreseeable future” – Minister” Then Thailand has no foreigners to visit in the foreseeable future!

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    July 31, 2020 at 10:27 am

    The only people who bring covid to Thailand now is Thais returning home!

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