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Play 18 holes during your quarantine in Thailand – new STV proposal

Quarantine, whilst wandering around a golf course, maintaining social distancing of course. That’s the latest STV proposal tabled for consideration by the CCSA to expand the current Special Tourist Visa and quarantine restrictions for golf tourists who may visit Thailand and do their quarantine in a secure golf course, whilst enjoying a few rounds at the same time.

The proposal goes to the CCSA at next Wednesday’s weekly meeting. The meetings are chaired by the Thai PM. A proposal to reduce the current mandated 14 day quarantine to 10 days will also be under discussion. There have no applications for Thailand’s much-discussed STV since the start of November.

The Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports have put the proposal forward to welcome foreign golfers from low-risk countries to visit Thailand. It could even be a less restrictive quarantine opportunity for non-golfers who would be able to get some fresh air each day instead of being locked up in a hotel room. Following their quarantine, travellers on a Special Toris Visa – the STV – would then be able to travel around Thailand wherever they want for stays up to 90 days, extendable twice.

The Minister said there were around 30 golf courses around Thailand offering around 5,000 rooms that could be suitable as ‘Golf’ ASQ facilities.

The proposal has been introduced after a high demand from foreign golfers, particularly from South Korea, Japan, China, and Taiwan, expressing their desire to visit Thailand and to practice their swings with the chance to travel further after completing the 14 day quarantine.

Many of Thailand’s golf courses also have accommodation attached which would be registered under Thailand’s ASQ or ALSQ program. The alternative state quarantine facilities have to meet strict criteria to maintain the security of their STV or other guests and partner with a nearby hospital to provide the Covid-19 testing and any other health care.

“The South Korean ambassador had paid me a visit last week and asked me why not introduce golf courses in the country as an alternative facility for state quarantine since there were more than 1,000 young golfers from South Korea traveling to Thailand every year for at least 3 months to practice for competitions.”

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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  1. I’d say “it’s the Pattaya News”, but reportedly “it’s understood there are already 5 golf courses, in Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Saraburi, Kanchanaburi, and one in Nakhon Ratchasima, owned by Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, that have been approved as ALSQ facilities.”

    Other members may prove to be not too happy about it, as they’d be excluded and have to use other golf courses, nor may the staff who “would have to carry out 14 days’ quarantine before they could leave the properties”, so who could effectively be confined to the golf courses indefinitely.

  2. What on Earth next? Is this for real?? And 5 of them are owned by Mr “Dirty Farang” himself? Whodathunkit?

    I know I must be sleeping, because this is beyond a joke? How can anyone take these clowns serious?

    And the next report will be “Local caught con-vid when removing his/her ball from a golf hole after a dirty foreigner played there!” 55! Or how about “Golf worker got con-vid after a suspect from ASQ looked at him/her?”
    The world is literally your limit…….. 😉

  3. Nice for the Health minister if this is approved.
    Bit suspicious there. Did the health minister suggest it?
    Oh no it was the South Korean Ambassador.
    The risk the visitors will have to take is: will they be tested as contagious before they come out of quarantine.
    And I would ask, are these tests a fraud to loot the tourist further?
    If they are tested contagious they are still not allowed out of quarantine, and maybe have to pay more money . . .

    1. It doesn’t matter. Anyone who knows anything about Thailand, or indeed any country in which a high level of corruption is present, will know that all of these measures are designed primarily to allow high-ranking officials, business owners, elite etc richer.

      If I was going to devise schemes that would allow me to skim money – these would be the schemes I would dream up.

      They are extremely transparent.

  4. John Issan, you are vulgar in your comments and likely miss the necessary economic education to understand what is happening (but not a big deal in the Issan beer bars).

    Here is an excellent article explaining where the six trillion THB are coming from:

    Never too late to educate yourself, enjoy!

  5. thank to anutin the health minister, who gracefully offert his own golf resort as a solution to save thailand tourist industry, thailand is lucky to have such amazing politician with amazing ideas… 3000 high spendenr tourist will be enough to compensate 40 millions cheap ones, anutin said it, so it’s true

  6. A “lipstick on a pig” idea. Problem is the government has run out of ideas to help the tourist sector. They know they have to do something as it’s beginning to drag down the entire country. Golfers is playing at the margins, it won’t make a bit of difference even if they come. The STV idea, like all those before, is a failed idea everyone else saw coming. Tourists are not going to pay a premium to quarantine, fact is they don’t want to quarantine at all. It’s why most of the snow birds are spending this winter in places like Mexico, the Caribbean, and Africa. Places that don’t require any quarantine. Heck even the Chinese won’t come until the quarantine is gone, hence why Thailand is going to drop it for them come February. Other countries have opened and are keeping their numbers down. There are examples to look at and try to find one to emulate. Or just believe whatever the Chinese tell you and drop the quarantine and roll the dice. It’s not like they have lied about the virus in the past, Thailand can believe them 5555.

  7. Clutching at straws a bit that.
    Yes,many korean golfers travelled to thailand before the crisis however north east asian travellers are notoriously fickle.
    The slightest negative news and they will not travel overseas.
    Not sure how they are going to get to thailand even if they could.
    Suppose he is trying to be positive though in fairness.

    1. Well I googled it dk and saw there were 358.000 golfers over 18 in China, which is tiny in a country of 1.393 billion (2018).
      Golf was one of the best places to play golf. It was cheap and the player could sometimes sleep with the caddies – female.
      However as with most things in Thailand, they killed the business by becoming too greedy.
      An American I knew who had a good side-line arranging transport, golf courses and opponents.
      He stopped because there were no takers. The golf course fees became too expensive.
      This was in Pattaya.
      Again the greedy Thai charged more, and ended up taking less.

  8. How about this… open the borders, no testing. If the hospitals begin to fill up with sick patients, maybe consider a mandatory face masks and no bars for a couple weeks…

    I doubt the hospitals even see a slight uptick in patients.

  9. Jack, that is a good idea, but the fear has been implanted into the minds of most people via the tv and press. And that would apply to the whole world.
    If it was announced that the whole thing has been a giant scam, they (not all) would keep on being afraid. The whole thing has been a big scam and the covid virus hasn’t even been proven to actually exist. It has never been isolated once. And all you see are these CGI images of something which looks like those old style sea mines which were used to sink ships. Photos? No!

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19 Comments

  1. I’d say “it’s the Pattaya News”, but reportedly “it’s understood there are already 5 golf courses, in Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Saraburi, Kanchanaburi, and one in Nakhon Ratchasima, owned by Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, that have been approved as ALSQ facilities.”

    Other members may prove to be not too happy about it, as they’d be excluded and have to use other golf courses, nor may the staff who “would have to carry out 14 days’ quarantine before they could leave the properties”, so who could effectively be confined to the golf courses indefinitely.

  2. What on Earth next? Is this for real?? And 5 of them are owned by Mr “Dirty Farang” himself? Whodathunkit?

    I know I must be sleeping, because this is beyond a joke? How can anyone take these clowns serious?

    And the next report will be “Local caught con-vid when removing his/her ball from a golf hole after a dirty foreigner played there!” 55! Or how about “Golf worker got con-vid after a suspect from ASQ looked at him/her?”
    The world is literally your limit…….. 😉

  3. Nice for the Health minister if this is approved.
    Bit suspicious there. Did the health minister suggest it?
    Oh no it was the South Korean Ambassador.
    The risk the visitors will have to take is: will they be tested as contagious before they come out of quarantine.
    And I would ask, are these tests a fraud to loot the tourist further?
    If they are tested contagious they are still not allowed out of quarantine, and maybe have to pay more money . . .

    1. It doesn’t matter. Anyone who knows anything about Thailand, or indeed any country in which a high level of corruption is present, will know that all of these measures are designed primarily to allow high-ranking officials, business owners, elite etc richer.

      If I was going to devise schemes that would allow me to skim money – these would be the schemes I would dream up.

      They are extremely transparent.

  4. John Issan, you are vulgar in your comments and likely miss the necessary economic education to understand what is happening (but not a big deal in the Issan beer bars).

    Here is an excellent article explaining where the six trillion THB are coming from:

    Never too late to educate yourself, enjoy!

  5. thank to anutin the health minister, who gracefully offert his own golf resort as a solution to save thailand tourist industry, thailand is lucky to have such amazing politician with amazing ideas… 3000 high spendenr tourist will be enough to compensate 40 millions cheap ones, anutin said it, so it’s true

  6. A “lipstick on a pig” idea. Problem is the government has run out of ideas to help the tourist sector. They know they have to do something as it’s beginning to drag down the entire country. Golfers is playing at the margins, it won’t make a bit of difference even if they come. The STV idea, like all those before, is a failed idea everyone else saw coming. Tourists are not going to pay a premium to quarantine, fact is they don’t want to quarantine at all. It’s why most of the snow birds are spending this winter in places like Mexico, the Caribbean, and Africa. Places that don’t require any quarantine. Heck even the Chinese won’t come until the quarantine is gone, hence why Thailand is going to drop it for them come February. Other countries have opened and are keeping their numbers down. There are examples to look at and try to find one to emulate. Or just believe whatever the Chinese tell you and drop the quarantine and roll the dice. It’s not like they have lied about the virus in the past, Thailand can believe them 5555.

  7. Clutching at straws a bit that.
    Yes,many korean golfers travelled to thailand before the crisis however north east asian travellers are notoriously fickle.
    The slightest negative news and they will not travel overseas.
    Not sure how they are going to get to thailand even if they could.
    Suppose he is trying to be positive though in fairness.

    1. Well I googled it dk and saw there were 358.000 golfers over 18 in China, which is tiny in a country of 1.393 billion (2018).
      Golf was one of the best places to play golf. It was cheap and the player could sometimes sleep with the caddies – female.
      However as with most things in Thailand, they killed the business by becoming too greedy.
      An American I knew who had a good side-line arranging transport, golf courses and opponents.
      He stopped because there were no takers. The golf course fees became too expensive.
      This was in Pattaya.
      Again the greedy Thai charged more, and ended up taking less.

  8. How about this… open the borders, no testing. If the hospitals begin to fill up with sick patients, maybe consider a mandatory face masks and no bars for a couple weeks…

    I doubt the hospitals even see a slight uptick in patients.

  9. Jack, that is a good idea, but the fear has been implanted into the minds of most people via the tv and press. And that would apply to the whole world.
    If it was announced that the whole thing has been a giant scam, they (not all) would keep on being afraid. The whole thing has been a big scam and the covid virus hasn’t even been proven to actually exist. It has never been isolated once. And all you see are these CGI images of something which looks like those old style sea mines which were used to sink ships. Photos? No!

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