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Overseas yachts are now allowed to dock in Thailand, but foreign tourists and crew members still need to adhere to strict health measures, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Tourists will need to quarantine onboard the yacht for 14 days and be tested for Covid-19 tests 3 times before entering Thailand, according to the CCSA spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin.

So far, there’s around 60 yachts, each with about 600 to 650 tourists and crew members, that looking to dock in Thailand. The 27 superyachts and 33 cruisers could generate an income of 2.1 million baht.

Along with yachts, foreign ships are allowed to dock in Thailand to change vessels and head back to sea, the spokesperson says. Seafarers must also go through a 14 day quarantine period.

The spokesperson didn’t go into detail about the visa requirements for the tourists and crew members travelling to Thailand on a yacht. Recently, Thailand started issuing the Special Tourist Visa to travellers from countries considered a low risk for spreading the coronavirus.

“At this stage, the countries considered as low-risk by the Department of Disease Control are China, Macao, Taiwan, Sweden, and Finland, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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    Geoff

    October 22, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    A yacht with 600 to 650 on board?

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      RR

      October 23, 2020 at 1:11 am

      it is overall. about 10 per yacht on average

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    Jitendra Bahubali

    October 22, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    This is the biggest fraud going on in terms of Covid-19 cases in quarantine. For Thai people it is not mandatory to get a test before boarding the flight. And for all other foreigners it is mandatory to get one.

    Now the point is: Most of the people around 99.9% up who are tested before boarding in their country with an RT-PCR test are covid-free. And the one’s who are getting covid positive even after getting tested before boarding are the ones who might have caught on the flight or while mixing with thai people(who are not tested) during their trip.

    Due to this they are not opening the borders showing that people are positive in the quarantine hence there is still a risk. But the Thai people are never tested before allowing on flight hence there are going to be high numbers of positive from them.

    If you still not get it…I pity you

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      Russell Clements

      October 22, 2020 at 6:50 pm

      i agree, can someone explain to me how a thai girl can fly to a European country last week, without being tested, and go straight to the boyfriends’ house, without quarantine, while i cannot enter Thailand to be with my wife of 20+ years who lives there permanently. I have no symptoms of this virus, but still am forbidden to return to her because of political cowardness. coming up to 1 year without being with my wife because of cowardly backward thinking. they were quick to take my money for a 12 month extension (retirement visa). Perhaps if i was CHINESE i would have better luck.

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        Issan John

        October 23, 2020 at 12:51 am

        ” can someone explain to me how a thai girl can fly to a European country last week, without being tested, and go straight to the boyfriends’ house, without quarantine, while i cannot enter Thailand to be with my wife of 20+ years who lives there permanently.”

        Certainly.

        Thailand and other ASEAN countries like Vietnam and Cambodia have imposed major border restrictions that have kept deaths from Covid-19 down to double figures, along with minimal lockdowns.

        European countries haven’t, and as a direct consequence many have tens of thousands dead, with many starting second lockdowns.

        … and you think that because you’ve paid 1,900 baht / $60 for a retirement extension you’re entitled to special treatment?

        Seriously?

        If you’re missing her that badly she can always fly to you, but somehow I doubt she wants to.

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          harry1

          October 24, 2020 at 12:46 pm

          issane john beside the point if he paid for a extended retirement issued in thailand,than why should he have to pay for a special visa,what he needs is proof he hasnt got the virus 72 hours before and all the other requirement

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        Ryan

        October 23, 2020 at 12:59 am

        Russell, if you are legally married you ARE permitted to enter Thailand.

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          Russell Clements

          October 24, 2020 at 3:43 pm

          Ryan, my marriage is very much legal, my wife is not Thai, she is the same nationality as i. She is in Thailand in our residence and i am here. I should have known better to say anything. Thanks for your input. Much appreciated

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        James

        October 23, 2020 at 2:12 am

        Russel

        I can explain it.

        Thailand is not as stupid as European countries who seem to bend over backward and put foreigners above their own citizens all the time.

        I flew back to the UK in August after seven months in Thailand and I walked straight through the airport with no checks and the rule is I have to stay home for two weeks, I bet most people ignore that rule.

        But you can come to Thailand as long as you go through and pay for the hotel quarantine as you are married to a Thai.

        But you should not complain about your treatment in Thailand as you knew before you got married you are a second class citizen with no rights in Thailand, those facts were not hidden from you, you know you are living on a temporary visa which is renewed every year with 3 monthly visits to report.

        As Thailand moves closer politically to China and ASEAN you will be increasingly marginalized and could eventually have your temporary visas canceled if anything politically happens between ASIEN members and the West.

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        harry1

        October 24, 2020 at 12:39 pm

        russell can you not use the extended retirement visa issued in thailand to return ? or do you have to apply for a special visa ? l can understand having to have a virus free certificate, what the hold up for yourself ?

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      Toby Andrews

      October 22, 2020 at 10:33 pm

      I get it Jitendra.
      The smiling Thai smiles because he is ripping off the foreigner.
      Shun this country and let them starve.

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      John

      October 22, 2020 at 11:42 pm

      Best part of pcr tests they only workb7% of the time. And a disease less lethal than the flu. It’s one big globalist scam run by Billy boy gates

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        RA

        October 24, 2020 at 11:33 am

        Probably one of the 10 most ignorant statements I’ve read today.

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      Remo

      October 23, 2020 at 12:47 am

      Dont forget that the ratio of false negative PCR test is 100%-18% in the first 4 days after infection.
      If you get infected on Monday, then go to take sample on Tuesday, you will probably be negative.

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      Ling

      October 23, 2020 at 1:59 am

      There is another simple yet possible explaination how to be positive in Thailand while negative at home. Labs never publish their CT values (the amount of cycles they use for the PCR test). If one lab uses 20,another 30 and another 50, you could easily be positive here, negative there and so on.
      That kind of binary test result (positive /negative) in itself is quite meaningless. If people were told how the test actually works, many more would call bullshit.

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    Svcoquette

    October 22, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Please check your math. 2.1 million baht ÷ 60 yachts equals only 35,000 baht per yacht. We (2) are here on a “yacht” and spend much more than that every month and we’re not a superyacht.

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    Robert

    October 22, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Can I borrow a yacht?

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    preesy chepuce

    October 22, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Wealth seems to be the ultimate inoculation from COVID.

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    Nordic Skeptic

    October 22, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    Most of those countries on the low-risk list I understand… But Sweden??

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    Remo

    October 23, 2020 at 12:43 am

    Billionaires are always welcome!

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    Noneya Bidnizz

    October 23, 2020 at 12:54 am

    So what ARE THE REAL VISA REQUIREMENTS for entry by personal vessel ? — Still require the SCAM S.T.V along with all the IDIOTIC regulations / hoops to jump through , outrageous insurance requirements ETC ETC —

    And will they still have the same rules tommorow / next week / next month ???

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    Issan John

    October 23, 2020 at 12:55 am

    Yes ….. just think how much Thailand made from “ripping off” Jitendra for his visa extension … 1,900 baht. Wow.

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      Noneya Bidnizz

      October 24, 2020 at 1:23 am

      Issan John
      Fitting name I guess , In the West “John“ is slang for TOILET

      Suits YOU as all that comes from your miss informed posts resemble what I see in the toilet each morning and is just as valuable

      Go tend your rice now ,make love to your buffalo again , it is OK , the brown envelope from bangkok is on it`s way now !

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    Issan John

    October 23, 2020 at 1:04 am

    … over 36,000 “tourists and crew” (60 x 600+) but they’re only going to “generate an income of 2.1 million baht.”

    That’s less than 60 baht per person.

    The maths seem a little flawed. Maybe it’s 2.1 Billion baht, or 60,000 baht per person …

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    James Pate

    October 23, 2020 at 4:24 am

    Sweden is considered low risk? Aren’t numbers rising there?

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    Man in Canada

    October 23, 2020 at 5:14 am

    600 to 650 people on each yacht ??!! What ??!! That’s two jetplane loads of people !! Hellooo ??

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    Toby Andrews

    October 24, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Well the Maldives is 6.5 days away at 10 knots.
    No 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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