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Despite a delay in the first group of long-stay travellers arriving under the newly-formed Special Tourist Visa, the Tourism and Sports Ministry says it is vowing to bring in 1,200 tourists this month. The Minister, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn says the slight delay was due to some entry processes being muddled.

“The first two groups from China had a prospective schedule of October 8, but as we need to settle some entry processes, those itineraries have to be rescheduled to another date in October.”

Thailand’s new STV is the first ‘general tourism’ visa which is hoped to be a start to a gradual re-opening of Thailand’s tourist machinery.

The cabinet approved the STV on September 15, and it was officially Gazetted on September 29. Minister Phiphat says, however, that since the visa type is new, authorities needed more time to iron out kinks in the process at the originating location of the incoming tourists. The ministry says they are closely monitoring the first month of the scheme operating before deciding to proceed with a proposal to reduce the mandatory quarantine period time from 14 to 7 days.

“The so-called 14-7-6 formula [for 14-day, 6-day and 6-hour quarantines] is on the radar, but we need to see how it goes step by step. The most important factor is that nobody in local communities will be happy to let foreign tourists visit their towns without quarantine.”

Despite the alternative quarantine hotel facilities being available in other provinces, long-stay travellers would have to enter the country through either Bangkok and Phuket, yet another restriction on the long list of guidelines. However, he added that those destinations do not have to be the only places that tourists can visit.

So far, Phuket and Bangkok are the only places with ALSQ facilities, but hotels in Samui are now also awaiting certification.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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16 Comments

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    Maag

    Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    Is he the winner of 2020 joke award ?

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    So the tourists that were told they can arrive on the 8th are now told, no you can’t.
    I wonder how many cancelations they will have, or have the Thais already taken payment to ensure they do not?
    Great publicity Thai tourism. Prospective tourists take note.

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    Jason

    Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    I can’t really criticise the caution being exercised by the Thai Government. My own Government closed our borders and won’t permit us to travel to other countries and returnees must undergo a 14 hotel quarantine at their own expense (initially it was paid for by the government). Our citizens are having trouble getting home due to limitations on the available quarantine hotels here. That together with limited flights, has seen still thousands of our citizens,still overseas and waiting to come home.

    The dilemma faced by Thailand and many countries, including my own, is when to open up, how to open up and what safeguards need to be in place to protect the native population and the tourists. The first countries to successfully resume tourism will be those with a low level of cases. Quite simply these countries need to get talking to establish reciprocal recognition of testing regimes, quarantine periods, return protocols to country of origin and so on. This can become a framework for other countries to build on once they reach the same low Covid conditions. It is in the best interests of these countries to unite in their purpose for mutual prosperity. It’s time to lead the world out of this pandemic to a new normal.

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    Paul

    Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    This still means that your holiday will have to be extended by 7 days (if the amendment is passed) while under quarantine. When I go on holiday, I want to be able to walk around and enjoy myself – not spend 7 days locked up before I can do anything. The idea of “Come to Thailand for a two week holiday (but spend the first 7 days locked up in quarantine)” doesn’t seem much of a holiday to me.

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    Jason

    Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    I would also suggest that any proposal a low risk country makes on it’s own, is doomed fail. It needs to be done in concert with other low risk countries to work. Sadly Thailand’s latest policy won’t do much because it has been devised in isolation. It is doomed to the same fate as “The Phuket Model”.

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    Bob Ume

    Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Nice try, but… Chinese group tourism, whom will that benefit? Correct Chinese own hotels and Chinese own restaurants.

    None of these tourists money will end up in Bangla roads bars 😉 or other local businesses needed the injection of “rich tourists” spendings.

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    Glenn

    Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    like the mysterious scam virus that nobody is dying from, you will now be seeing the mysterious tourists that spend no money and only exist in news reports from the govt.

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      James

      Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 11:25 pm

      “scam Virus that nobody is dying from”

      My mother-in-law died from it a few months ago. She was OK, then felt ill, then tested positive for the virus and then died two weeks later, (UK).

      Let’s hope you are not hit and killed by a car that nobody is dying from or a heart attack that does not really exist!

      But I am trying to use logic, I am wasting my time as only an insane person would say all the governments of the world have somehow colluded and made this virus up.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Fancy words but the fact remains, less than -001 will die from this virus, yet the government are using this tiny threat to prevent an election, and allow massive corruption who profit from this tiny threat.
    Such as Thai approved airlines. Thais approved insurance and commission paying Thai quarantine hotels.
    Shun these rules and let Thailand die from poverty.
    No more fat Thais.

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    Open Up To all

    Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    Just because I am from the US does not mean I have covid! I miss my gf it’s been over 7 months….

    #LoveIsNotTourism

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      DD

      Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 11:27 am

      The same here. I miss my fiance and it has only been 5 months. I am worried that even a vaccine will not be enough. I have the sinking feeling the Thai “government” only wants to selectively open for tourists they consider “acceptable”.

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    Nipral

    Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 1:14 am

    Just a bunch of dishonest morons !
    By the way : who wants to stay in Thailand in October apart from umbrellas retailers ???!!!

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    peterpan

    Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 10:23 am

    for your information. german citizen are not allowed to enter with the stv visa.according to thai official germany is not a low risk country.how can they mesure risk only on a simple statistik from who? many test mewns high risk coz more results and less test means low risk coz less cases? funny

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    Ryan Lih

    Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Sorry to burst your bubble Tourism Minister but the China government has limited its Chinese citizens to travel locally ONLY. During this GOLDEN WEEK of long holiday which ends on 8th, 6 million Chinese citizens flooded its domestic travel spots and spending their money inside of China. The Chinese people are quite obedient towards their government. There will NOT be any 120 Guangzhou tourists coming to Phuket in this year much less to say in October. Furthermore, Chinese people are super mathematicians and will be very good at calculating your STV conditions especially with the 14 day ASQ. Good Luck!

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      Ryan Lih

      Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 9:44 pm

      I would like to invite the Tourism Minister to be the 1st to welcome the “Guangzhou tourist” when they arrived at Phuket airport with Live FB and an actual media crew. Interview the tourists with an interpreter and ask the “Guangzhou tourists” how they feel about this STV? Interview a few of them while they’re walking out of the plane and towards the immigration counter. That’s if they are really coming. It’s one thing to flip-flop but it’s entirely a another level to play up this “Guangzhou tourist” episode to gain back “face” to show to your boss. Good Luck!

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    RR

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Yeah yeah, for sure…. LOL

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