Thailand planning for new visa strategy to attract affluent tourists

Published on : Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The government of Thailand has recently disclosed about their detailed strategy to bring back “rich” tourists at the same time maintaining the numbers of COVID cases low. In October, this plan will be rolled out and has been publicized by the officials that this plan will help in recovering the hard hit tourist economy of Thailand. However, some experts say that the government needs a reality check.

The Tourism and Sports Authority Minister asserts that the plan will allow international visitors to go for 14 day quarantine as well as booking a long stay, minimum of 90 days. Hence, it signifies that tourists paying for the quarantine hotel stay as well as a long stay should have good funds.
“There is solid demand for Thai tourism. Thailand will definitely attract tourists from China, Europe and elsewhere, but we will make sure that only those from low-risk countries can fly in.”

On these said conditions, travelers who agree to enter Thailand will be issued a Special Tourist Visa. The visa can be extended by 90 days up to 2 times, almost 9 months. The visa holders of these types must agree to spend at least 30 days in Thailand, including the time of quarantine and having the option of staying longer.

“Tourists must contact a licensed Thai travel agency, pay for flights, hotel quarantine, apartment or hotel, and the mandatory Covid-19 test.”

Also, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is acting in response to the idea that majority will refuse to stay in a pricey hotels for 2 weeks. On the other hand, the authorities say that it will be a pleasant surprise as several activities are being planned to help tourists enjoy themselves during the quarantine period.

However the numbers don’t seem to increase as the government is only allow 300 tourists at a time. A tourism operator in Krabi is also anxious that this plan will work as he says the country’s financial condition is going through a rough patch and it may not help much.

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