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Foreign tourists can now spend the 14-day quarantine at a golf course

Caitlin Ashworth

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Need to work on your golf swing? Come to Thailand and spend the mandatory 14-day quarantine at a golf course. The Thai Cabinet approved the “golf course quarantine” and the measure will be published in the Royal Gazette this evening, making it official.

Golfers will need to abide by coronavirus prevention measures, like social distancing, while playing rounds. Along with approving quarantine at golf courses, the Cabinet also approved to allow foreigners from any country to apply for the Special Tourist Visa which allows a 90 day stay that can be extended twice, adding up to about 9 months. The visa was initially only open to those from “low risk” countries.

Here’s the official order for golf quarantine:

Golf Quarantine means the detention of people entering the Kingdom of Thailand for the purpose of exercising by playing golf. Playing rounds and doing health activities during quarantine is according to a service program scheduled in advance by the golf business. It is a quarantine, surveillance, prevention and control facility for Covid-19, along with playing golf and doing health activities for a period of time according to the Infectious Disease Situation Management Center.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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    Peter N

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 11:40 am

    That might work for some, provided there are NO cases of the virus escaping into the surrounding population and participants observed appropriate behaviour, still a bit risky though.

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    EdwardV

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Thailand still playing at the margins. A proposal which will make little difference in the numbers. Exactly who owns these golf courses? “ playing golf and doing health activities for a period of time” – what does that mean? Three hours outside and twenty one locked in your room? Wonder how many solo rounds a course can accommodate in a day. Doubt you get to play everyday. Certainly no 13th hole lunch and cocktails. I guess it’s better than nothing but not by much and not for most.

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    Keith

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Desperation

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    Peter

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Sublime to the ridiculous. Another day another ridiculous idea.
    Wait for the following headline ‘Man escapes from golf club quarantine to go partying’.
    At least this crisis has removed any doubt that Thai’s are as thick as sh1t.

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      Shane

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 4:36 pm

      Thai’s what? Oh, you mean Thais.

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      JG

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8:33 am

      I am a golfer, and aside from being home, there is no place I feel more safe than on a golf course. If this helps the economy even a little, and it is safe (which it is), then why not?

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    Pointless, apart from for a very, very few – the practicalities of doing this effectively and observing quarantine rules mean that it would (or at least SHOULD) put severe restrictions on caddies and other golfers wanting to play round at the same time.

    How can you convince Thais they have to quarantine for a fortnight when you let foreigners play golf?

    It’s not so much anyone being “thick as sh1t” as their simply lacking the courage to say that tourism has to stay on hold until the vaccines and tests permit it, and coming up with these absurd schemes instead just so they can be seen to be doing something.

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      Rasputin

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 2:46 pm

      Stay on hold until the vaccines and tests permit it WITH CERTAINTY, and coming up with these absurd schemes

      I think the “with certainty” needs inserting into your message

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 3:06 pm

        Rasputin, you’re 100% correct.

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    Mike Frenchie

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Anudin owns a gold course – right?

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      Anutin Gold

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:41 pm

      Anutin owns not just a one gold course.

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    Andrew Finley

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Still not out the woods….

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    Wayno

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    “Golf Quarantine means the detention of people entering the Kingdom of Thailand for the purpose of exercising by playing golf”
    They sure know how to sell it lol

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    David Barker

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    The detention of people entering the kingdom……says it all.
    I’m hooked reading the Thaiger everyday now for the latest ridiculous initiative.
    Love Thailand and invested there but now seeing it in a totally light.

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      Preesy Chepuce

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8:54 pm

      It surely deserves a poll… which initiative is the silliest 2020 edition?

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    Mike

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    It’s a really good idea. As i’ve said before – all these measures are designed to allow certain people to make lots of money – this is the Thai way.

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      Bill Fischer

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8:42 pm

      Golf is OK, but other outdoor activities such as trekking, diving, kayaking, cycling, etc aren’t being promoted or given the same treatment. It’s as if there is a potential conflict of interest going on here. Nah, that can’t be.

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      Preesy Chepuce

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8:53 pm

      It’s a great idea if the golf course is full of beer and hotties, and next to a beach, and with a food market out the front to get street food, otherwise, it sounds a bit like school, or some kind of high-class milking yard.

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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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