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Low-risk tourists entering Thailand under the Special Tourist Visa could see mandatory quarantine period cut in half down to 7 days, according to the Public Health Ministry. Tanarak Plipat, the deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control under the ministry says the current quarantine system, however, must be “redesigned” if such measures are in place.

“Seven-day quarantine is possible in the case of areas with very low infections. But it doesn’t mean that we will no longer have additional controls. If we do it, we have must redesign the quarantine system, together with measures to monitor those people to make sure the country is safe from the outbreak.”

Those travellers whose home countries are considered to have low infection rates are those with 0.2 positive infections per 100,000 visitors.

But each country varies in their infection rates from 5 per 10,000 visitors from China and 8 per 100 visitors from Saudi Arabia. The department also found that 99% of infectious patients would show symptoms within 12 days, going down to 50% within 6 days.

Such normally tourism-heavy provinces as Phuket are ready to welcome tourists under the new visa, but have since been marred with complications due to various reasons. The first batch of tourists under the visa was postponed due to administrative and procedural issues, but the ministry has since promised the arrival of 1,200 tourists each month. Phuket governor Narong Wunsiew says some locals fear that if foreigners are allowed into the province, before this month’s annual vegetarian festival, domestic tourists may not come.

“At this stage there are no foreign tourists in the province because Thailand has yet to reopen. As for visitors under the Special Tourist Visa scheme, provincial authorities have not been informed of any arrivals by the Interior Ministry.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    EdwardV

    Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Tourists from low risk counties are very soon going to become a highly desirable commodity. Every country in the world will be wooing them and not requiring a quarantine. To expect them to come to Thailand and quarantine for 7 days will be next to impossible. As it is counties like Singapore and Japan are already talking about dropping the quarantine completely. Replacing it with multiple tests and tracking. Thailand needs to figure out how to get ahead of the curve, not new ways to stay behind it. At least if they really do want to save their economy.

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      Davidnicholls

      Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 8:45 pm

      Cut the bullshit and tell the truth most people can’t afford a hotel for 14 days and then travel around Thailand just open the risk of cov19 is low test before you arrive and then at airport if ok use trace app before it to late only the thai people will suffer not the government . JUST OPEN I miss my family in Thailand

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        Luke

        Monday, October 12, 2020 at 8:42 pm

        Totally agree. These STV regulations are absurd and the Minister who spends his time dreaming them up could instead prepare protocols for the delivery of necessities.

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    patty

    Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    all talk, they not going to cut nothing in half. Cant believe anything that comes from the government or anyone associated with them. all liars

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      dk

      Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 9:12 pm

      I agree. Ministry is saying this to save face as few would believe what they say.

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    Perceville Smithers

    Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    How ’bout we wait just a little longer until the quarantine period is cut to zero days.

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    Francis

    Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Will the Thai government ever decide one thing and stick to it? Most likely not we know that now. And there are not such thing as lo risk or save tourists. COVID test and another follow up COVID test is the only way, the rest is like playing the lottery.

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    Maverick

    Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Any form or quarantine will deter most tourists accept a few who plan long term stays a more sensible step would be to welcome package tours from Asia where virus is under control – package tours are controlled in terms of where they visit and stay so tracing in the event of a mishap becomes easier. Allowing Thai retirees and those with families and homes here to return and self isolate would also be a positive step.

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    Jason

    Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    Any government trying to stipulate guidelines alone without reciprocal arrangements with the governments of the tourist’s countries of origin (ie low risk countries) is doomed to fail. Governments with low Covid numbers have had months to talk and work out reciprocal arrangements, that recognise each other’s testing regimes, negating the need for quarantine. Tourism has always been a matter of mutual trust and obligation between countries. If you want a resumption of tourism to recover the collapse of your tourism industry, spend less time trying to come up with “The Phuket Model 3.0” and start talking with the governments of low risk countries to formulate joint strategies and partnerships.

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    Daily Reader

    Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    I have been stuck in the UK since March and been reading articles in the Thaiger daily with great diligence waiting for some good news. Sorry I have to say some of your headlines build my hopes up too much. I then read the associated article to find it is the the pipedream of some backroom wannabee who rarely warrant a name. Please give us news not speculation.

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      toldyou

      Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 2:21 pm

      Agree 100%!

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    dk

    Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Bureaucrats have little at stake or concern for people who suffer due to lack of tourists, in my opinion.

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    Graham Walker

    Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 1:59 am

    What’s wrong with test before departure, test on arrival, track and trace ?

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      Luke

      Monday, October 12, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      There’s nothing wrong with this. Except how-to verifyobservance oftheprotocol. Itisasensibleway forward that should be planned with the WHO mediatinginternational cooperation.

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    Eddie

    Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 10:34 am

    I only have 490000 baht asset. I am a cheap charlie. I do not deserve a trip?

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    Per_fect

    Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Track and Travel is also something they need to be clear on. How Long do they expect me to allow Them to Travel everystep I take? 3 days, 1 week? The rest of My life. I would probably be more intersted in a quarantine then I am in letting Thailand Trace My Steps ..

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      Per_fect

      Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 6:57 pm

      Trace, not Travel.

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    Luke

    Monday, October 12, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    The Thai economy is destroyed, but then open the borders and no matter how strict the controls, covid will creep in then rip through and destroy the economy. Thailand is between the hammer and the anvil. Damned if it let’s them in, damned if it doesn’t.

    I would say however that those outside the country with assets to manage in Thailand should be allowed to return. This is a point of international law, irrespective of nationality.

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    simon

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Since the infection rate is spiking in many places i think Thailand should remain closed to foreigners. This is unprecedented in my lifetime and I’m developing a morbid fascination with it and the devastating effects. I just want to see what will happen to a country like Thailand when its borders are completely closed.

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