Published on : Monday, September 28, 2020
On this Friday, Sep 25th, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand explained that if the first batch of inbound tourists can produce a clear certificate of COVID-19 infections, then the ministry will lessen the period of quarantine from 14 days to seven days respectively.
After the cabinet meeting in next Tuesday, the government will unveil more details of the special tourist visa (STV), said Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.
In six months, he said that Oct. 1st will be the first day for Thailand to let the long-stay visitors to enter the country.
“If the first two groups of 300 foreigners complete the 14-day quarantine on Oct. 15 and Oct. 21 without a positive case, then the ministry plans to propose an increase in the number of tourists per week by first of November,” said the minister, emphasizing that the 300 visitors per week into Phuket Island won’t suffice the whole supply chain and help the tour operators.
Also, the minister stated that on a per day basis, the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office can offer swab testing services of up to 1,000 tests.
Phiphat explained that tourists will still have to complete two swab tests, a strip test and a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
After world tourism returns to normal, the Tourism Council of Thailand have estimated that international arrivals to Thailand will hit 60 million, contributing 25 percent of GDP to Thailand by 2023.