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Now golfers will be able to come to Thailand, and presumably non-golfers, if they want to wander around large patches of manicured lawn during their 14 days of mandatory quarantine instead of the confines of a hotel room. The golf quarantine alternative could be used in conjunction with any of the visas allowing travellers back into Thailand at the moment, including the Special Tourist Visa and the extended Tourist Visa.

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry is about to announce the list of golf resorts that have qualified as ASQ (alternative state quarantine) facilities. And everyone’s waiting to see if the Anutin’s very own golf course in Nakhon Ratchasima is going to be on the list.

The director-general of the Department of Health Service Support says that the new golf quarantine will provide an alternative to the hotel room-bound ASQ where travellers have to remain during their quarantine time, with only short visits to the hotel’s rooftops or pools.

The new golf quarantine is being limited to travellers from low-risk countries… “who must also make arrangements in advance with certified golf courses, provide certificates showing they are virus free 72 hours before travelling and have Certificates of Entry issued by the Thai embassy in their countries”.

Just like in the hotel ASQs, travellers will have to take 3 Covid-19 tests “but will be allowed to both play golf and enjoy health-related activities”. If the travellers test positive during their 14 day stay they will be treated at the partnering hospitals. Travellers are responsible for all additional hospital costs if they test positive for Covid-19 during their ASQ.

6 golf courses had applied to be part of the scheme. The names of the golf course that have successfully registered with the CCSA as Gold ASQs will be announced by the end of next week.

The cabinet announced its approval of the Golf ASQ scheme last week and is hoping the scheme will attract golfers from Japan, Taiwan, China and South Korea. It could also entice travellers that are seeking an alternative to the hotel room ASQ whether they play golf or not.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Paulnou

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    A Great opportunity to spend time to learn golf, how much will be the lesson and the green fees ?

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      Preesy Chepuce

      Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 10:57 pm

      How much have you got?!

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      J West

      Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 11:38 pm

      ASQs in Bangkok have been found to have Covid contaminated common areas where several nurses were infected. How are golf course equipment managers and staff less likely to be infected? Isn’t the risk of contamination the reason The Phuket Model was scrapped?

      There are suggestions being made that sound self-serving. The case numbers in Japan, S. Korea are surging. Taiwan is under lockdown and China is seeing new breakouts. Testing in Thailand has turned up hundreds of new cases. This idea is likely destined for the shedder as has been the result of so many others before it.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    This depends.
    Three years ago Pattaya was full of golf bars.
    In 1999 suddenly not many golfers.
    A American who had a little side line arranging golfers with greens and opponents, did not have nay phone calls.
    Greedy Thais killed the golden goose by increasing all the prices, then nobody paid.
    This latest scheme will not reduce their prices even if the golfers play every day for 14 days.
    Like they still charge ferangs twice the price Thais pay to run a Marathon

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 1:53 pm

      Not clear about your maths there, Toby.

      “Three years ago Pattaya was full of golf bars.
      In 1999 suddenly not many golfers.”

      “Three years ago” was 2017. Things may have changed, or be different in Cambodia, but as far as I can recall 2017 was after 1999.

      ….. and I may be wrong, but I don’t think the aim of the scheme is to get golf courses to “reduce their prices even if the golfers play every day for 14 days”.

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    Graham Smith

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 1:03 am

    Great!! What price is it?

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