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Health Ministry to confirm list of “quarantine” golf resorts

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The director-general of the Department of Health Service Support says officials will name the golf resorts that have been approved as alternative state quarantine facilities next week. Tares Krassanairawiwong says those who enjoy a game of golf will be able to indulge their passion while in quarantine – provided they come from a “low-risk” country, that is.

Quarantining golfers are also required to book in advance with an approved golf course, test negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of travelling to Thailand. and have a valid Certificate of Entry from their local Thai embassy. Aside from playing golf, they will also undergo 3 Covid-19 tests while in quarantine and, if found to be positive, will undergo hospital treatment at their own expense.

The Bangkok Post reports that 6 golf courses have applied for approval as alternative state quarantine facilities, with the Health Ministry laying down disease prevention measures to keep caddies safe. The government hopes the opportunity to indulge in a few games of golf while in quarantine will attract more visitors from places like South Korea, China, Taiwan, and Japan.

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    John trool

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    I hope they approve the golf courses owned by those in political power. They work for free to help the people so it would he refreshing to see them finally benefit from their continuous efforts to advance others….

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    This idea might work. It depends on the price.

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    Tom

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    It seems to me every scheme to promote people coming to Thailand recently always seem to focus on those with economic affluence, like those who can pay for a very long stay, quarantine aboard a yacht and now isolate at golf resorts. In the end it will be the average tourist who can’t afford or justify the expense of a quarantine that will bring back tourist dollars to Thailand. I believe until this quarantine regulation and the many other road blocks are taken down tourism will never recover as many have commented in other articles.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 1:45 pm

      True, Tom, but to be fair I doubt that anyone thinks this will really help tourism “recover”, but why not?

      Isn’t anything, however small, better than nothing as long as it does no harm?

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    Rasputin

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Sounds a great idea on the face of it, provided they can find enough ‘bribe proof’ caddies, that could prove to be a problem knowing how things work out here.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      Yes, the caddies are known to get very friendly …..

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    Prayut Chan-o-cha

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Only Anuti’s golf resorts will be approved?

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    How many of these quarantine golf course are owned by members of the government, or family of members of the government?

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