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145 more on Special Tourist Visa arrive in Bangkok

Caitlin Ashworth

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145 people on the new Special Tourist Visa arrived in Bangkok yesterday from Guangzhou, China, the second group after Thailand’s 7 month ban on international tourists. 39 people on the new long stay visa arrived last week, a small, yet significant step forward for Thailand as it pries open the borders for tourists, albeit with a lot of paperwork, restrictions AND the 14 day quarantine.

The country went from welcoming millions of tourists each month before the pandemic to zero from late-March until a few weeks ago. In 2019, nearly 40 million tourists visited Thailand.

All the tourists passed the Covid-19 screening upon arrival at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. They are now required to go through a 14 day quarantine at an approved hotel or facility before travelling the country.

The tourists were on the same China Southern Airlines flight as 118 foreigners with Thai work permits who were entering Thailand for business purposes, according to the airport’s deputy director Kittipong Kittikachon. 16 Thais were also on the flight, travelling back home from China.

While some have been concerned that opening the borders to foreign tourists could cause another outbreak (even though the tourists are also required to quarantine), Kittipong says there is “no chance” that the coronavirus will spread from the tourists. He says strict health measures are in place and the tourists are coming from areas that are considered a “very low risk” with no recent local transmissions of the virus.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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14 Comments

14 Comments

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    harry1

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    no surprises another batch of Chinese ? what becomes of the expat who live here and trying to re-join their families, also contribute to local economy. strange values being implemented

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    EdwardV

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    “ with no recent local transmissions of the virus.” – and how is this known, why because the Chinese say so. Of course there is no reason to doubt them, it’s not like they have a history of lying about things like this.

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    Amelia

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    “High risk” “low risk” whats the matter.. everybody needs to go through 14 da quarantine which I do not mind, just allow me to see my fiance,please..
    Why they are prioritising rich tourists over desperate and heartbroken people who are willing to go through all this paperwork in order to see their loved ones.. this virus is not going anywhere we need to live with it.

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      Martin Walker

      Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 2:30 pm

      we need to see our loved ones please

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    willem H

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    “Very Low risk country’s” What a bu.s.ht reason. Thousands of Thais came back from all over the world. Many came from high risk countries. Thais are not even tested prior to their flight. And still no local transmitting and spreading of the virus occurred after their quarantine.

    Thailand: Let the expats come back. Many have lived there for many years and have their loved once, property etc in Thailand. I fully agree with harry1

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      TS

      Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 3:39 pm

      I know three Thais whom repatriated in August from three US states. All had to jump thru multiple hoops. All were pre & post flight tested for covid and needed to present ‘free to fly’ certs and Thai consulate permission letters. One missed the quota of her possible flight- had to start over from the get go.
      All quaratined 2 wks at no expense to themselves in bkk. Timing was everything- not for the faint of heart. The days of booking a flight and ‘getting gone’ for the fun of it are over. Who knows if they’ll ever return?

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    Turtle's Head

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    All countries are low risk.
    The virus is a load of bollocks!

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    Mike Frenchie

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Thai should start testing… they will be surprised. Like deep Africa, no testing is no problem…

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    Gosport

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Appreciation for Thai policymakers. You let the world know humanity matters.

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    Nawin

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Never thought Thailand would go full on anti-foreigner (yes, all foreigners), racist and so pro Chinese. What on earth is going on here?
    Imagine the sentiment thrown at another country carrying out such anti-human acts?
    You can enter, and those with solid relationships and property carried out legally and lawfully cannot enter.
    And yes, before any SJW’s step in, it is NOT the good Thai people’s themselves letting this happen, but a bunch of crooks (__________ please add whatever term you prefer) with deep pockets and out dated beliefs on what is reality in the 21st century.

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    Sylvia

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    What about those who have already bought condos in Thailand and have a legal retirement visa but are unable to return … This is an
    insane situation .. wealthy tourists are being poached to come to Thailand but residents like me are treated badly … I test negative ..
    I can be tested again on arrival .. what’s the problem ? For sure it’s going to make many expats who chose Thailand as a retirement country to reevaluate the situation once this crisis is over.

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    Frank Dieter

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 3:40 am

    Why can I not return to my partner??? I am virus free tested but not Chinese, they never came by chartered flight, never stay 90 days as per STV , they are Chinese …need i say more, love of China, every other Asian country is being trod on by China, Thailand the only country as Chinese want CanL through Thailand to trade Pakistan, need food asChina starving, Swine fever killed all Pigs , harvest ruined by locusts, fishing in other Asian country seas, as far as South America, China has real problems will crush any Asian country that gets in its way ……more trouble for Thailand just around the corner

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    Nipral

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 5:59 am

    Gee !!! Over 200 tourists already. The season starts early !!! Prayut is a genius and overbooked hotels, retaurants, retailers, beaches and airlines are thrilled. Billions will be pouring on the country (and gov. members…) soon. None unemployed anymore. Protests will stop.
    Thanks mr pm, smile !

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    Charlie price

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    This bullshit thai insurance is another scam to line the pockets of a government official. Most travel insurance products are underwritten in London New york and Geneva . Why should i have to buy a second rate product from Bangkok when i have a vperfectly adaquate policy that
    Covers covid 19 from AXA insurance company

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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.

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