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The much-debated Special Tourist Visa is set to be approved tomorrow during a meeting chaired by PM Prayut with the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. The approval comes as government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul says the country expects around 1,200 tourists per month to come in on the new category of visa after the country reopens, but the visa is not without restrictions.

Each traveller has to take a Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to departing on a charter or private flight to Thailand, which must gain approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or CCSA before flying to Thailand. The charter flights have their own list of restrictions and will not be allowed to sell anything on board, and have been told to adhere to the strict guidelines from the CCSA

Tourists will also have to sign a letter agreeing to the government’s Covid measures which include a mandatory 14 day quarnntine in an approved accommodation and carry proof of Covid health insurance covering $US 100,000 or 3 million baht. After arriving, the travellers must submit to another Covid test and download an app to monitor their health.

So far, Phuket airport has reportedly finished installing Covid labsto prepare for the incoming tourists, with more airports expected to follow. In one year, Traisuree says the number of travellers arriving on the special visa is expected to reach 14,400 people, generating about 12.4 billion baht in revenue.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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    Gary

    September 27, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Better off allowing stranded retirees back, at least you know we will come.

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    Maag

    September 27, 2020 at 11:56 am

    Sound good , 1000′ and 1000′ of tourists will finaly rush back !

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      Dirty Farang

      September 27, 2020 at 12:21 pm

      yeah wait, I put my socks on

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    Thai

    September 27, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    amazing and very very very relaxing plan for tourists. Also seem Thailand is getting a lot of money from that.
    Extremely a smart plan .. cheers !

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    Perceville Smithers

    September 27, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    This is like the girlfriend or boyfriend who got bigheaded not realizing she/he could be replaced.

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    Victror

    September 27, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    The Thai government seems to live in a dreamworld. Get real!

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    Ray W.

    September 27, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    ….this will fail to have any noticeable impact, too draconian, too complicated, and too late. Here’s what you do: open the boards to every tourists with money to spend, test on arrival, and if you pass – have fun – and that’s it. You manage the risk, you deal with what cases come up, and you try to get the economy back on track… its still going to take 5 years however, if we’re licky.

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      wayne Drummond

      September 28, 2020 at 9:29 am

      Actually we should avoid being licky!

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    homesick

    September 27, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    People with existing retirement visas and re-entry permits could have their visa honoured and be reunited with loved ones.

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      Teemu

      September 29, 2020 at 12:09 am

      Those on retirement visas should be low priority due to age related covid risks. The counrty is rightly focussing first on wealthier long stay travellers.

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    susie

    September 27, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Exactly. I’ve learnt far more than I ever wanted to about Thailand as a place for holiday makers or investors. But as a “dirty farang” who needs to be “cleared out” or locked up I sincerely doubt my opinion matters.

    Why jump through a whole set of still yet to be decided hoops to come to a country that has shown total and utter contempt for any outsider? It bares it’s teeth and snarls while holding out a hand for the wallet.

    Problem is, everyone else on the playground has read and heard the same stuff. Amazing Thailand has shown an incredibly ugly face to the rest of the world. The “undesirables” who remain here all have family back home and now a new story to tell (if they don’t all get rounded up and put in camps first) And that won’t be easy to recover from.

    After Tsunami, world sympathy was high. After even a few of the covid farang quotes I doubt that rose-tinted sentiment remains. I have lived throughout Asia since 2007 and have never ever experienced being talked about in the press and by politicians in the way I have witnessed in Thailand.

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    Martin Walker

    September 27, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    14000 tourists are going to generate 12.4 billion wow some rich people coming !!!

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    Bobby m

    September 27, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Don’t wast your money getting ready. We are not coming. Simples.

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    Wijnschenk

    September 27, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Why thai insurance money again???
    Every normal foreigner has a insurance covering worldwide.
    Why oh why?? Thai insurance……
    I know the answer: MONEY

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      nipral

      September 27, 2020 at 5:30 pm

      Corruption ! Back to normal !

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    Wijnschenk

    September 27, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    By the way.
    It is not!! Allowed in many countrys to have two !! Health insurances!!.
    So cancel the one you have For many years?? And get one from thailand totally crazy!!

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    Wijnschenk

    September 27, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Het is niet mogelijk om voor je zorgverzekering dubbel verzekerd te zijn. … Beide verzekeraars lopen het risico dat je een schade bij hun claimt. Daarom moet je voor beide verzekeringen gewoon blijven betalen. Je betaalt dubbele premie, maar je krijgt niet dubbel uitgekeerd bij schade.

    This is the dutch rule!!
    Not allowed to thave 2!! Insurances.

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    Thomas Easton

    September 27, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    I was really looking forward to seeing Thailand again hopefully in Dec BUT if the junta inbred clowns think I’m going to say yes to overpriced Thai air charter flights, overpriced ASQ hotels AND an overpriced Thai insurance they can get on their knees and kiss my rusty sheriffs badge, I loved the thought of returning to Thailand since my 1st visit in 2018 but there are PLENTY of other countries out there in and around Asia to see when they reopen. Thailand want the money but not the dirty Farang that unfortunately comes with it. They would really prefer and their chinese elite visa card holders even if they do have the kung flu

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    joe mitz

    September 28, 2020 at 8:16 am

    14,000 people for 14.2 billion baht? thats around 25,000 usd per person….

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    Che

    September 28, 2020 at 9:13 am

    Putting the sanitarian logistic aside, there are 86,000 rooms available and that’s only the registered hotels ones.
    1,200 tourists, really?

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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.

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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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Condé Nast publishes a monthly travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveller, as well as GQ, Vanity Fair and Vogue. It’s safe to say the publication’s target audience is more interested in luxury resorts than dirt cheap party hostels and monthly beach raves. For example, for the best islands in the United States, Hilton Head Island in South Carolina was voted number 1. It’s a golf lovers paradise and a popular vacation spot for suburban families.

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The Full Moon parties, which would draw more than 30,000 mostly foreign tourists, was put on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions in Thailand. But before the outbreak, the parties were known to be crazy with neon glow paint, fire jump rope and cheap buckets of alcohol and use of illicit drugs. The sand was so sticky that people were better off wearing shoes, and just about everyone pees (and pukes) in the ocean.

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Here’s what made the top 10 Asia islands in the Condé Nast Reader’s Choice Awards 2020.

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  2. Sri Lanka 95.45
  3. Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand 95.30
  4. Palawan, Philippines 95.22
  5. Siargao Island, Philippines 95.19
  6. Boracay, Philippines 95.06
  7. Lombok, Indonesia 94.59
  8. Phuket, Thailand 94.12
  9. Bali, Indonesia 93.27
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