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50,000 select foreigners to start arriving next week

50,000 select foreigners to start arriving next week

BANGKOK: The first group of foreigners to be allowed to enter Thailand will comprise business representatives, skilled workers, experts, people with Thai families, teachers, students and patients who agree to quarantine, according to the government.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 24 June 2020, 05:25PM


The passenger terminal of Don Mueang airport in Bangkok is virtually empty on Tuesday (June 23). The government plans to welcome several categories of visitors next month. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill / Bangkok Post

The passenger terminal of Don Mueang airport in Bangkok is virtually empty on Tuesday (June 23). The government plans to welcome several categories of visitors next month. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill / Bangkok Post

Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), on Wednesday (June 24) elaborated on the government’s plan to allow foreign nationals back into the country. The plan was drafted by a sub-committee of CCSA, reports the Bangkok Post.

Mr Taweesin said most will be required to accept 14-day quarantine after their arrival.

The spokesman said about 50,000 foreigners are likely to visit the country under the new rules.

They include about 30,000 people expected to arrive for medical and wellness tourism.

Others include about 15,400 skilled workers/experts; 2,000 teachers, educational personnel and students; 2,000 foreigners with Thai families or with residences in Thailand; and 700 businesspeople/investors. Members of this group have already registered for visits and agreed to undergo quarantine.

Another group to be admitted includes businesspeople and investors who will pay short visits, and guests of the government and governmental organisations.

They would be tested for COVID-19 both before and upon arrival, have health insurance and be monitored by medical personnel.

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A further group to be welcomed consists of tourists and travellers who would arrive under the travel bubble scheme, Dr Taweesilp said. Details for this group had yet to be finalised.

Foreign businesspeople/investors who accepted quarantine could arrive immediately. Skilled workers/experts, people with Thai families and residences in Thailand, educational personnel, students, businesspeople/investors with short visits and guests of the government would be allowed in on July 1, he said.

Those who would arrive for medical and wellness tourism could also arrive on July 1.

Tourists who would arrive under the travel bubble scheme could be allowed in on Aug 1 on condition they undergo “Villa Quarantine”, meaning they stay in their accomodation and do not travel. 

The draft measures would be submitted to the CCSA for consideration next Monday (June 29), Dr Taweesin said.

The arrivals were expected to boost investment and tourism income, he added.

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Kurt | 25 June 2020 - 14:38:05

Still waiting for further news from Min. Anutin about his matching 'New Normal' and pin pointed 'bubble' countries. As long that is not known, that long no tourism initiatives restart. Quite simple. Long distance tourists plan 2-3 weeks holidays 4-5 months in advance. With that promised 'Villa Quarantine' thing Thailand can forget tourism 2020 completely.

Kurt | 25 June 2020 - 14:28:24

Which airlines bring these 50,000 to Thailand, starting  next week? Are for all of them the 14 days quarantine  accommodations ready and stand by to welcome them?

LALALA | 24 June 2020 - 18:43:29

'Villa Quarantine', LOL, complete morons the BKK dream boys...How they want to organize the flight schedule for the 50K business and other people ? From which countries they will allow this people to come in ? Would like to know as than - logically - there would be flights back to this countries.

 

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