Published on : Thursday, October 15, 2020
This time, Thailand is all prepared to allow short-term tourists to travel to some of the selected areas in this Southeast Asian country during their 14-day coronavirus quarantine time span, an official confirmed this on Tuesday.
The locals of the provinces nevertheless must endorse the new Alternative State Quarantine scheme before it can be launched, said Thares Krassanairawiwong, head of the health service support department.
Provinces that are all set to reopen must be certain at the same time that routes used by foreign visitors will not be used by local residents, he pointed out.
“Foreign visitors must accept travel routes set by the provinces. Most importantly, they must come from countries with low risk of COVID-19 and no local infections in the last three months,” he explained.
For 14 days, tourists must stay in home quarantine before leaving Thailand and at the same time test negative for COVID-19 three days before departure.
“They have to book flights and accommodation through travel agents only. Hotels where they stay must be hotels with SHA [Safety and Health Administration] standards,” Thares added further. All times, tourists have to make use of tracking devices and be accompanied by representatives of COVID-19 response agencies.
The officials explained that the new quarantine scheme was part of the initiations to boost up tourism and reinvigorate Thailand economy, where 3,643 virus cases, including 3,457 recoveries and 59 deaths, have been reported to date.
Several provinces in this Southeast Asian country have shown an interest in the plan, including Chon Buri, Buri Ram, Rayong, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, and Surat Thani.
Thares have explained that entitled provinces must have sufficient public health systems as well as hospitals with the capacity to treat such patients.
For foreign visitors on leisure and business trips, around 2,000 hospital rooms and 13,000 hotel rooms are available, he said.
“We are confident that international travelers will be able to visit Thailand from Oct. 15 onwards. We are ready to reopen,” he said.