Connect with us

Visa

41 foreign tourists to arrive in Bangkok today on Special Tourist Visa after 7 month ban

Caitlin Ashworth

Published 

 on 

41 foreign tourists to arrive in Bangkok today on Special Tourist Visa after 7 month ban | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Unsplash: Patrick Tomasso
  • follow us in feedly

Just 41 foreign tourists are expected to arrive in Bangkok today, a small, yet major step forward after a 7 month ban on international tourists which was put in place in late-March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The visitors are said to be travelling on the new Special Tourist Visa, which allows a 90 day stay that can be renewed twice, adding up to about 9 months. But the tourists departing from Shanghai, China and arriving in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport this evening will only be in Thailand for 30 days, and that includes a 14 day quarantine, Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Yuthasak Supasorn says.

Plans under the new scheme have been sketchy to say the least and reports have been conflicting. Reports circulated about a group of about 120 to 150 tourists under the new visa scheduled to arrive in Phuket earlier this month from Guangzhou, China. The flight was delayed. A few days later, a spokesperson from the Foreign Ministry announced no one from Guangzhou had actually applied for the visa and TAT just passed off a list of those “interested” in the scheme rather than those who were ready to fly.

Things seem a bit sketchy again. The flight arriving today was at first going to have 120 to 150 tourists, but now it’s down to 41, according to Pattaya News. Yuthasak did not say why only a limited number of tourists are arriving today, but says Bangkok’s ongoing protests are not a factor, adding that the tourists plan to travel to beaches outside the city once the mandatory quarantine period is over. He says 100 more Chinese tourists will arrive in Bangkok later this week.

Upon arrival, the tourists will be tested for Covid-19 and are required to register with a Covid-19 tracking application. They will then be transferred to certified quarantine accommodations to stay for the next 14 days.

“If the first batch of Chinese tourists is considered to be potentially successful, TAT might propose the idea of increasing more tourists to the CCSA (Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration) and the government.”

SOURCE: Pattaya News

Catch up with the latest daily “Thailand News Today” here on The Thaiger.

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.
21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Peter

    October 20, 2020 at 10:48 am

    Laughable if not so pathetic.
    Tourism is finished in Thailand. This virus is now endemic globally. No vaccine will eliminate it.
    The first nationals to arrive in Phuket today are from the country that sent a plague in January 2020, to finish mass tourism.
    And Thailand’s response? Red carpet treatment.
    Unbelievable.

    • Avatar

      Issan John

      October 20, 2020 at 1:15 pm

      Well, China didn’t actually “send a plague … to finish mass tourism” …

      … and, to be realistic, they are the only country to get a grip on the Corona virus that it’s worthwhile targeting for tourists in any numbers, so allowing them in first does make sense …

      • Avatar

        Tom

        October 20, 2020 at 3:34 pm

        If you think china has a grip on this damn plague they started you’re an idiot!!There are still countless outbreaks happening daily all over china and being suppressed by their party mouthpeice media… you need to take those Chinese flag underpants off your head and actually look beyond the news the MSM crap out every day

    • Avatar

      Ray

      October 20, 2020 at 2:48 pm

      This is clearly a PR stunt from both sides. These model citizens are probably member of the communist party on a state funded propaganda trip. Let’s not forget China punished the doctors who initially tried to raise the alarm about a new disease. In most countries they would have been taken seriously and the pandemic could be halted in it’s early stage. A red carpet treatment is inappropriate.

      • Avatar

        John

        October 20, 2020 at 10:43 pm

        In what countries was pandemic stopped? I heard the orange guy saying that it will go away in 2 weeks, doesn’t look like like it did. Ohh, there was another buffon running around hospital and shaking hands with Covid patients! Are those the heroes who stopped people dying in their countries and going to save the world?

    • Avatar

      Anh Lam

      October 20, 2020 at 6:48 pm

      Well again, in the government The Right Hand Does Not Know What the Left Hand Is Doing.Hence, these so called STV Tourist from CHINA will bring the second wave. You see the government does not know what it is doung, how would anyone expect the local airport and health units know what the are doing. A Laughing Stock to Me..

    • Avatar

      John

      October 20, 2020 at 10:36 pm

      The West should learn from Chinese how to control the outbreaks but many Westerners will never let that hapoen because of their imagination of superiority. It’s just your imagination , sad but true. If you look what’s happening in Europe and US where in Asia most of people already forgot about the virus than you will understand.

  2. Avatar

    EdwardV

    October 20, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Only 41, that number is almost laughable. How do you go from 120 to only 41? I thought the entire purpose of the STV was for long stay tourists, it’s why the original plan included a mandatory 90 day stay. Now they are only going to be in country for 30 days half of which are in quarantine. This will really kick start the economy. I predict there won’t be a single reported case of Covid-19 among this or any follow up groups of Chinese tourists. I wonder if they will be required to quarantine upon return?

    • Avatar

      Issan John

      October 20, 2020 at 1:10 pm

      Yes, originally long stay tourists here for a minimum of 90 days.

      Now that’s out the window, along with the charter flight.

      Neither were realistic (what if they wanted to leave before 90 days? Why a charter flight anyway?), so why bother?

      Why complicate things?

      Why not just ‘normal’ visas, as before, but starting at the end of quarantine instead of on arrival, and an indefinite period for the 120,000 tourists already here with a guaranteed 30 days minimum notice?

      It could have all been so simple ….

    • Avatar

      Anh Lam

      October 20, 2020 at 6:50 pm

      Well again, in the government The Right Hand Does Not Know What the Left Hand Is Doing.Hence, these so called STV Tourist from CHINA will bring the second wave. You see the government does not know what it is doung, how would anyone expect the local airport and health units know what the are doing. A Laughing Stock to Me..

  3. Avatar

    TS

    October 20, 2020 at 11:00 am

    120,150,now 41. IF there are really 41 ‘tourists’ arriving, you can be sure they’ve been paid to come. IF.🙂
    They’ll have a wonderful time in peaceful Bangkok. The shopping, skytrain, metro system will make getting around easy.

  4. Avatar

    Toby Andrews

    October 20, 2020 at 11:41 am

    With luck they will have hotel rooms overlooking the protests.

    lol

  5. Avatar

    bomber

    October 20, 2020 at 11:53 am

    I doubt these people are really “tourist”. More like business people coming to start up factories to get around US trade tariffs. They are coming from China main manufacturing city.

    • Avatar

      Robert

      October 21, 2020 at 8:28 pm

      I think your right. Looking at the group picture they are mostly men, it doesnt look like they are people coming for a beach holiday.

  6. Avatar

    Maag

    October 20, 2020 at 11:57 am

    They gonna full up hotels……
    Hope there will be no shortage for rooms !

  7. Avatar

    Spencer

    October 20, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    OMG. I have to book my hotel fast now – otherwise no room will be available any more.

  8. Avatar

    Brian Dunbar

    October 20, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    This whole STV is laughable. They really don’t know how many are coming. Wouldn’t surprise me to hear that the plane was empty. And 41 people aren’t going to do anything to the economy, especially being locked up for 14 days. The only ones making money are the chosen hotels for quarantine.

  9. Avatar

    Suchart

    October 20, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Is it a package tour ? Chinese tourists on package tours don’t typically spend much money in the tourist areas. It mostly goes to the tour operator.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Bangkok. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

Protests

More protest rallies today and tomorrow around Bangkok

The Thaiger

Published

on

More protest rallies today and tomorrow around Bangkok | The Thaiger

If you think the current spate of rallies are ruling out of steam, think again. Yesterday’s large protest around the Lat Phrao intersection on Phahon Yothin Road was just the first of 3 days of planned protests around Bangkok and Samut Prakan. Protesters yesterday described their action as an “anti-coup drill”, claiming that the coup “chatter” continued and that they would strenuously protest against another Army-led action against Thai citizens.

The yellow ducks and a few other inflatable animals were again taking front stage in a rally that was described more like a picnic than a political demonstration.

Today’s rally will start at the Imperial World Samrong shopping centre, south of central Bangkok, and march to Bang Na intersection.

Then tomorrow protesters plan to hold another rally in front of the . Imperial World Samrong shopping centre.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police says there will be up to 500 crowd control police attending to each of the protests, adding that the rallies had been given formal permission to go ahead and police will be ensuring that no laws are broken.

The government has come under a barrage of criticism from NGOs and rights groups about some of the heavy-handed responses and baiting at rallies to “create” the appearance of conflict. Yesterday the Foreign Ministry issued a statement via their spokesperson, Tanee Sangrat in response to the criticism.

13 international organisations – including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Asia Democracy Network, and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development – have made official submissions about the response from police and handling of the rival protest groups, which resulted in the shooting of 6 people and other protesters injured by the high power water cannons and tear gas deployed by riot police..

The Ministry spokesman maintained that Thailand had “upheld the rule of law and respected the judicial process with transparency. In handling recent protests, the authorities have enforced the law in line with international standards, with the appropriate response to the situation.”

The spokesperson said that participants in the November 17 outside the Thai Parliament broke through concrete barricades and tried to reach an “off-limits area”, forcing police to take action to bring the situation under control. Protesters told police that they wanted to get to the front of the parliament buildings to protest the debates that were being conducted inside.

“The operation was proportional to the situation and was not excessive. Those who want to exercise their right to assemble must follow the law and consider the safety of others.”

Organisers of yesterday afternoon’s rally, the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, called the rally “an anti-coup drill”.

“Undeniably, speculation about a coup has been rife. It should not happen. But history teaches us that we cannot trust. Therefore, all are welcome for a drill to cope with another possible coup”.

Current Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, as head of the Thai Army before the May 2014 coup, maintained that the army would not intervene and oust the Yingluck Shinawatra government.

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.
Continue Reading

Protests

Shooter from Bangkok SCB protest surrenders to police

Maya Taylor

Published

on

Shooter from Bangkok SCB protest surrenders to police | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Facebook / Free Youth Movement

A man accused of shooting at anti-government protesters at a rally in Bangkok on Wednesday has admitted the charge and surrendered to police. Peerawut Kunamonkan delivered his 25 year old son, Passapong, to police at Phaholyothin station in the capital yesterday. He faces charges of attempted murder, shooting in public, and illegally carrying a gun and ammunition.

According to a Nation Thailand report, Passapong is accused of shooting 20 year old Prachakorn Saksritao, a former student of Pathumthani Technical College, but claims he did it for personal, not political, reasons. It’s understood Prachakorn was at the rally as a member of the protesters’ security team. The shooting took place as activists were dispersing at the end of a rally at the headquarters of the Siam Commercial Bank.

The accused, a former student at Min Buri Polytechnic Technology College in Bangkok, says he was reacting to sarcastic social media posts from Prachakorn. The posts were made after Passapong and the group he was with voiced their disapproval of activists insulting the Monarchy. Passapong is taking full responsibility for the shooting, saying nobody paid him to do it and that he will pay for the victim’s medical treatment.

Following speculation on social media that the shooting was carried out by a yellow-shirt royalist, Thanadech Srisongkram, from the Minburi vocational student guards, has denied the claims. He says the shooting had nothing to do with the protests or the Monarchy, adding that his group is not affiliated with any particular political group. He says he has apologised to the security detail from Pathumthani Technical College, promising that such an incident will not happen again.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.
Continue Reading

Protests

Thousands gather in Bangkok for “anti-coup” protest picnic

Maya Taylor

Published

on

Thousands gather in Bangkok for “anti-coup” protest picnic | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Thai PBS World

Around 5,000 pro-democracy activists gathered at the Lat Phrao intersection in the Chatuchak district of Bangkok last night, to oppose any potential coup, a situation continually denied by the current PM. Last night’s gathering took the form of a picnic, at which mainly north-eastern dishes were served. Protesters described it as a rehearsal against military intervention, with one 18 year old activist, named only as Tan, saying history cannot be allowed to repeat itself.

“I’m only 18 but have seen 2 coups already. That’s not right. We don’t want history to repeat itself.”

The rally was announced on Facebook by the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, who say the Thai people have had enough of coups that oust elected governments. They described the event as “a drill against a coup d’etat”.

“There have been too many coups in the past, so history has taught us to remain vigilant. Therefore, we would like to invite everyone to participate in a drill to prepare for another coup that could happen.”

Army chief Narongphan Jitkaewtae has previously dismissed rumours of an impending coup, but the Ratsadon (People’s Movement) group have voiced their distrust of the current military regime, saying history would indicate otherwise. Protest leader Panupong Jadnok, aka, “Mike”, says the gathering last night is a powerful illustration of people’s opposition to a coup.

According to a Nation Thailand report, there have been at least 12 successful coups in Thailand, an average of 1 every 7 years, since the country moved from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy following the Siamese Revolution of 1932. The last military coup was in May 2014, which brought former army general Prayut Chan-o-cha to power, where he has remained ever since.

One woman at last night’s rally, a 32 year old named Natalie, says the 2014 coup has proved a disaster for the country and it’s time for urgent change.

“Now is a crisis time in Bangkok and Thailand. I want new elections and to change the prime minister and for a new government to actually listen to the people.”

Last night, the yellow ducks were out again, this time being used to represent the army. Protesters passed the ducks over their heads, to symbolise the military moving over the people to take a front row seat on the political stage. Activists flashed the 3-fingered salute at the rubber ducks, a gesture originally derived from The Hunger Games, that has become a powerful anti-establishment symbol. Activists also burned pictures of former coup leaders, including the current PM.

Last night’s gathering follows another one in the capital on Wednesday, when thousands rallied outside the headquarters of the Siam Commercial Bank. The Bangkok Post reports that another protest is planned for today, in front of the Imperial World Samrong shopping mall in Samut Prakan, just outside Bangkok, and a further one tomorrow, at the Imperial Lat Phrao mall.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post | Nation Thailand

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.
Continue Reading
Thailand News Today | Army deny Twitter spin, “Don’t Reopen”, English proficiency low | Nov 27 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 days ago

Thailand News Today | Army deny Twitter spin, “Don’t Reopen”, English proficiency low | Nov 27

Thailand News Today | Shots fired, the yellow ducks, “no coup” promise | November 26 | The Thaiger
Thailand3 days ago

Thailand News Today | Shots fired, the yellow ducks, “no coup” promise | November 26

Thailand News Today | No vaccine, no flight, protest latest, smoking ban | November 25 | The Thaiger
Thailand4 days ago

Thailand News Today | No vaccine, no flight, protest latest, smoking ban | November 25

Thailand News Today | Holiday road toll, protests tomorrow, GDP recovery | November 24 | The Thaiger
Thailand5 days ago

Thailand News Today | Holiday road toll, protests tomorrow, GDP recovery | November 24

Thailand News Today | Dinosaurs in BKK, BOT tackles Baht, Special K isn’t special | November 23 | The Thaiger
Thailand6 days ago

Thailand News Today | Dinosaurs in BKK, BOT tackles Baht, Special K isn’t special | November 23

Thailand News Today | Bangkok exodus, Pattaya air pollution, Vaccine next month? | November 20 | The Thaiger
Thailand1 week ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok exodus, Pattaya air pollution, Vaccine next month? | November 20

Thailand News Today | Protests to escalate, Domestic violence, Tourist visa exemptions? | Nov 19 | The Thaiger
Thailand1 week ago

Thailand News Today | Protests to escalate, Domestic violence, Tourist visa exemptions? | Nov 19

Thailand News Today | Emergency Decree, Protesters shot, Baht boost temporary | Nov 18 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Emergency Decree, Protesters shot, Baht boost temporary | Nov 18

Thailand News Today | Protesters v Police, Quarantine reduction, VietJet passenger arrest | Nov 17 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Protesters v Police, Quarantine reduction, VietJet passenger arrest | Nov 17

Thailand News Today | The RCEP reset, Hotel Talkfest, Protesters to be arrested | November 16 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | The RCEP reset, Hotel Talkfest, Protesters to be arrested | November 16

Thailand News Today | Coconut Business, Weekend protests, Pork dressed as Beef | November 13 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Coconut Business, Weekend protests, Pork dressed as Beef | November 13

Thailand News Today | More Thai Airways debt, Korean soldier, TripAdvisor warning | November 12 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | More Thai Airways debt, Korean soldier, TripAdvisor warning | November 12

Thailand News Today | PTT pays out, Revised visa requirements, Protester’s asylum | Nov 11 | The Thaiger
Thailand3 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | PTT pays out, Revised visa requirements, Protester’s asylum | Nov 11

Thailand News Today | Thai official positive, Head-butt latest, protest letters | November 10 | The Thaiger
Thailand3 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Thai official positive, Head-butt latest, protest letters | November 10

Thailand News Today | Golf STVs, Russian head-butted, protest latest | Nov 9 | The Thaiger
Thailand3 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Golf STVs, Russian head-butted, protest latest | Nov 9

Follow The Thaiger by email:

Trending