Pro Property Partners
Carnival Magic 333 at the beach Pro Property Partners British International School, Phuket
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search

Anutin assures Chinese tourists

BANGKOK: Public Health Minister Anutin Chanvirakul yesterday (Jan 4) reminded while visitors arriving from China won’t be treated differently from travellers from other countries, they must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and hold an appropriate health insurance policy.*

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 5 January 2023, 02:52PM

Anutin: No plans to discriminate. Photo: Bangkok Post

Anutin: No plans to discriminate. Photo: Bangkok Post

At a press briefing, Anutin said Thailand wouldn’t discriminate against tourists from China by subjecting them to specific anti-COVID measures, reports the Bangkok Post.

“Relevant officials agree to give the same treatment to visitors from all countries and health measures will not discriminate against visitors from any particular country,” Anutin said.

During their stay in the country, visitors will be advised to protect themselves by wearing face masks in public places and on public vehicles, regularly washing hands, conducting antigen tests if they have any respiratory symptoms, and going to hospital if they develop worse symptoms.

If their destination countries after their stay in Thailand require prior disease screening, visitors will be advised to stay at hotels with disease control standards and COVID-19 test services.

Anutin said the Thai health system was ready to cope with emergency situations as only 5.2% of hospital beds were now occupied by COVID-19 patients. Authorities have prepared response measures for any worsening disease situation or mutation, he added.

“There will be 60,000 (Chinese) visitors in January, 90,000 in February and 150,000 in March,” said the minister. “Their number will rise gradually because (currently) there are limited flights, it will take time to seek passports and visas and the Chinese government has not allowed tour firms to organise outbound groups of tourists yet.”

In the short term, visitors from China will be “independent travellers and upscale travellers with purchasing power”, he added.

The ministry will consult all available guidelines before imposing such restrictions on a specific group of travellers, Anutin said.

The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has prepared guidelines to ensure the public remains safe as the country reopens for international tourism, he added.

Ixina Thailand

“These measures weren’t driven by the desire to boost the economy alone. The DDC took into consideration all means to protect our citizens, as public health is just as important as economic recovery,” he said.

After meeting medical experts, the minister said he has faith in Thailand’s ability to keep COVID-19 under control.

As the COVID-19 variants which are prevalent in China are similar to those found in Thailand, and the patterns of infection tend to be roughly the same, there is “no need to treat those coming in from China differently,” he said.

DDC director-general Tares Krassanairawiwong said yesterday the department is opening a centre to monitor COVID-19 infections among foreign visitors so the government can keep track of case numbers and symptoms.

“This should give us a better idea on how to tackle infections,” Dr Tares said.

Also, the DDC will collect samples of wastewater from aircraft on international routes weekly to detect the presence of COVID-19 sub-variants, said Dr Tares.

Dr Tares said about 90% of foreign travellers have been fully vaccinated.

* The Phuket News has yet to corroborate this story through an official government announcement.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

* (Not Hotmail/Outlook)

Be the first to comment.


Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Vachira providing pay-for Pfizer jabs for foreigners

Well this vaccine Thailand, get free from many countries. It’s thIs another scam ?...(Read More)

Haze returns with a vengeance

...Keep monitoring, and do nothing to change things for the better. Many potential foreign tourists ...(Read More)

Vachira providing pay-for Pfizer jabs for foreigners

As a Retiree I received here 4 Pfizer vaccinations free of charge. So, nr 5 later, will cost a forei...(Read More)

Haze returns with a vengeance

Words 'haze' and smog' ' used alternate for the same dangerous pollution. WHO ...(Read More)

Haze returns with a vengeance

Accumulated dust and stagnant air??? Really! Apparently nothing to do with the yearly illegal burnin...(Read More)

Rotary Clubs rally for coral reef restoration

Interesting location chosen for this initiative. Goh Maithon not known for it's reefs or for scu...(Read More)

Taxi scam concerns visitors the most

The best way to treat the "illegal" taxis is to legalize them...thus forcing the existing ...(Read More)

Taxi scam concerns visitors the most

So, right on the heels of this story is the PLTO taxi mafia and their criminal cartels crying and ca...(Read More)

Policemen who stopped Taiwanese actress face bribery charges

@JohC: "Charges" are rarely conviction or penalized in payoff happy Thailand. And, you rar...(Read More)

Crackdown on illegal Phuket taxi drivers launched

more schedules bus services please - what happened to the electric bus project in Patong - why are m...(Read More)