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First group of Special Tourist Visa travellers complete quarantine

Caitlin Ashworth



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The first group of foreign tourists to enter Thailand after a 7 month ban due to the pandemic have completed the mandatory 14 day quarantine and are ready to travel the country. Some of them will be visiting beaches, but Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yutthasak Supasorn says their exact whereabouts are confidential.

Thai PBS reports 33 tourists, who arrived on October 20 on the new visa, have completed the mandatory quarantine. Various news outlets reported 39 tourists had arrived on the new long stay visa. It’s unclear if Thai PBS got the number wrong or if not all the tourists were released from quarantine.

After flying from Shanghai to Bangkok, the tourists quarantined at the Royal Benja Hotel off Sukhumvit Road near the Nana BTS station. The hotel executive says the visitors were able to use the gym and relax around the hotel after they passed their first Covid-19 test. They even got to celebrate Loy Krathong at the hotel pool. The executive says the event was for tourists who passed the second Covid-19 test.

Some say potential tourists have been put off by the idea of 2 weeks in isolation before going on vacation, but the hotel executive says he spoke with several visitors and claims they were not bored during their stay.


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    Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    “but the hotel executive says he spoke with several visitors and claims they were not bored during their stay”
    haha, can we ask the tourists ?!

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    Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    To call this tourism is ridiculous, it’s just propaganda, the question is whether the tourism industry will be able to hold out until a vaccine comes out.
    Thailand attracts millions of tourists because it offers excellent hotels at cheap prices, good food and many beautiful girls to have fun with, if these elements resist the good times will return

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      Pattaya Lover

      Friday, November 6, 2020 at 2:43 am

      You hit the nail on the head.

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    Friday, November 6, 2020 at 1:02 am

    Maybe the difference between the 39 and 33 number were the returning Thais in group? Either than or those six are in the hospital with Covid and the TAT doesn’t want to admit it. After all, I’m sure the Chinese overlords have already directed Thailand to not admit any of it’s citizens have Covid. The real question is why are their movements “confidential”? I get not wanting to follow them around or make them a spectacle. However there is no reason the media couldn’t have interviewed a few to know how they are doing and their future plans. After all they are only in the country for another two weeks. On top of that it’s already known they are not really tourists at all, but returning businessmen and family members. Clearly the secrecy is for a reason which says nothing good.

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    Mike Frenchie

    Friday, November 6, 2020 at 1:49 am

    They were not bored?!? LOL – most ridiculous statement of 2020….

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    Friday, November 6, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    How many got infected in quarantine?

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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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