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Thai immigration officials confirm several yachts have applied for STV entry

Maya Taylor



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Immigration officials say a number of Special Tourist Visa applications have been received from yachts hoping to enter Thailand. It’s understood most of the yachts, thought to be around 10 in total, are from Malaysia and Singapore, and seeking to dock in Phuket or Pattaya.

Archayon Kraithong, deputy commission of the Immigration Bureau, says everyone on board the yachts will go through document checks in order to have STV applications approved. Once approved, they will need to carry out an observed quarantine onboard their yacht for 14 days. After the quarantine period, they will be free to come ashore and travel around the country. However, they will need to comply with health measures and wear tracking bracelets.

Archayon adds that yacht crew and passengers from low-risk countries, who wish to apply for the STV, must obtain a Certificate of Entry at a Thai embassy or consulate prior to approaching Thai waters.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Now this scheme might work.

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    If it is allowed for yachts, why do they not allow it for cruise ships?
    The visitors can first have a cruise, then 14 days quarantine on the ship, and then should be allowed in.
    However, why not count the cruise ship time at sea as quarantine?
    Makes sense to me, but maybe not to a Thai . . .

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      Khun plastic

      Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 2:54 pm

      Noticed a Singapore bases cruise liner went on a cruise to nowhere for a couple of days recently.

      It was only able to carry about a quarter of normal capacity of pax due to regs.

      I think the pax were probably made up of hard core cruisers and people doing it for the novelty value.

      I suspect it would not have been economic and was done mainly
      for publicity and to keep some crew in current practice.

      It would be the same deal with long range flights.

      Simply no point for a commercial operator,you are guaranteed to lose money unless people are prepared to pay 4 to 5 times more than they are used to.

      Think also the high publicity incidents of people imprisoned on cruise ships worldwide at the start of the virus has probably destroyed the main stream cruise industry for
      Some time.

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      Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 6:56 pm

      Yes, why not! You pay a lot for your crusade and you stay blocked in your room for 14 days. Then you can walk on the Thai earth, that not so bad. The only problem: I have never seen some crusade ships staying longer than 24 hours on the same harbor!!!!!

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    Khun plastic

    Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Also the taxi Mafia will keep them confined on the ship unless the army intervine.a good plan,owner gets charged harbour fees and the people onboard present no danger of importing virus to Thailand.

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    Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Thailand will be the first country who is forcing people to take the RFID based vaccines. No vaccine, no entry to the land of smile.

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    Monday, November 16, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Are you joking me? A person who owns a yacht is going to wear a tracking bracelet to enter Thailand… Dream on!

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