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Cruise ships and yachts to dock in Thailand, visitors to enter on Special Tourist Visa



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Cruise ships and yachts will be allowed to dock in Thailand and visitors will be allowed disembark under the Special Tourist Visa. The new measure hasn’t been made official yet, but it will go into effect 30 days after it’s published in the Royal Gazette.

The Cabinet approved the new guidelines yesterday which allows captains, crew and passengers travelling from countries considered at low risk for spreading Covid-19 to dock in Thailand and enter the country, according to deputy government spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul.

Visitors must go through a 14 day quarantine. Those on yachts will quarantine onboard before stepping onto Thai soil, according to the Bangkok Post. They must also have Covid-19 health insurance of $100,000 USD as well as local health and accident insurance. Proof of advance payment for anchoring the liner will also have to be provided.

The Special Tourist Visa allows a 90 day stay that can be renewed twice, adding up to around 9 months. So far, only 2 flights of foreigners on the Special Tourist Visa have arrived after a 7 month ban on international tourists.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Nation Thailand

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  1. Issan John

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    What “cruise ship” is going to dock in Thailand or anywhere else if all on board have to go through 14 days quarantine on board first, after docking?

    • preesy chepuce

      Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 11:45 pm

      A Chinese one?

  2. Toby Andrews

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    And the Thai flag will have to be painted on the side.
    A better welcome but not much better.
    How about if the liner has spent 14 days at sea and the tests proves there are no contagious persons on board, they can come ashore straight away.
    No cruise liner is going to dock in Thailand and then refuse to allow the passengers to go ashore for 14 days.
    The Thais just do not realise that Thailand is not as popular as they think.

  3. Issan John

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Unfortunately tests that can “prove” that don’t exist, and even if all passengers and crew were tested on arrival, and only those testing negative permitted entry, a considerable number would still get through due to false readings as the enquiry into the Ruby Princess outbreak in Sydney (one third of the passengers tested positive, and 27 died) concluded.

    • Toby Andrews

      Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 6:46 pm

      If the tests are not reliable they should stop using them.
      They will not because they are paid to test . . .
      So far quarantine is in doubt and now you claim the tests are not reliable.
      So why do they continue with this farce, let the visitors in without this, and take the small risk someone will be contagious, and then the tiny risk the consequences will be someone will die from the virus.

      • preesy chepuce

        Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 11:46 pm

        No test is 100% reliable, and viruses don’t have passports. All of this is futile self-harm.

  4. Issan John

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    … it’s also hard to see how the passengers on a cruise ship could meet the LongStay Co’s requirements for an STV, which includes a minimum stay of 15 days and a Certificate of Entry with the application.

  5. Ray

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    Who is going to spent a holiday on a floating petri dish anyway?

  6. Stephen Westrip

    Friday, October 30, 2020 at 6:38 am

    Who comes up with these plans? This seems like an absolute non-starter. I cannot see any cruise companies wanting to dock for so long.

    Is there a working group/committee that is trying to come up with coherent plans to allow tourism to restart or is it done by separate Government departments on the back of a cigarette packet?

  7. Werni

    Friday, October 30, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    No cruise ship will dock for more than 1-2 days at any port in this world.

  8. Greg

    Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 7:49 am

    It appears you have mistaken private yachts for cruise ships. There is no way a cruise ship can operate under the current requirements.
    Private yacht have their owners and crews stay with them for long periods of time (3 months+), cruise ships are more like a commercial airline dropping off and picking up passengers.

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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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