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Cabinet approves long-term tourist visas

Cabinet approves long-term tourist visas

BANGKOK: The Cabinet today (Sept 15) agreed to allow in foreign tourists who agree to 14-day quarantine and stay for at least 90 days, to help the flagging economy.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 15 September 2020, 07:06PM


Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said after the Cabinet meeting today that the government would issue special tourist visas for long-stay visitors. The most important condition would be a 14-day quarantine, reports the Bangkok Post.

“Visitors can arrive for tourism or health services, and they can stay at alternative state quarantine facilities, specific areas or at hospitals that function as quarantine facilities,” he said.

“Our public health system is amongst the best in the world and people can have confidence in it.”

The prime minister said the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) would later elaborate on the matter.

Deputy government spokeswoman Traisulee Traisaranakul said long-stay visitors would have to present proof of payment for their long stay in the country. This could be payment for a hotel reservation, or the lease of a condominium room.

“The target is to welcome 100-300 visitors a week, or up to 1,200 people a month, and generate income of about B1 billion a month,” she said.

The 90-day special tourist visa could be extended twice, for 90 days each time. Long-stay visitors could begin arriving next month, Ms Traisulee said.

Prasong Poontaneat, finance permanent secretary, said the country needed to generate income from visitors, especially those from the countries where coronavirus disease had not been spreading in past months – such as China, Taiwan and some countries in Europe.

Twenty Chinese provinces were free of COVID-19 and had a combined population of around 800 million. If only 1% of them, about 8 million people, visited Thailand they could support the tourism sector, he said.

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Kurt | 17 September 2020 - 13:02:47

Proof of payment in advance? In Thailand? Pay now, no guarantee that the accommodation is still open/exists upon arrival?  They must be kidding.  Hahahaha. To much chance to become victim of a scam. Don't let them 'Thai' you.

Kurt | 17 September 2020 - 09:27:37

Of course Cabinet had to approve a 90 day visa extention twice. Simply because the tourist can not make this moment these silly Visa runs, as borders among Asian countries are closed.

bungee225 | 16 September 2020 - 20:18:04

Would this include retirement visa holders to return?

LALALA | 16 September 2020 - 17:01:28

“Our public health system is amongst the best in the world and people can have confidence in it.”... So again, if so why you not open the skies than, should be easy for a world class healthcare system to handle 500 covid cases per day. Western Europe does that. They have even more cases ad hospitals still have capacities.

Foot | 16 September 2020 - 13:33:50

Search YouTube for "How much for a quarantine in Phuket ??"

Double Steve | 16 September 2020 - 12:31:20

So 1200 visitors will generate 1 billion Thb a month? Each one is supposed to spend 1 million Thb a month?

Kurt | 16 September 2020 - 10:43:17

If the thai health system is among the best in the world ( guess they mean among the 3rd world countries), than why are Thai Ministers (  we know about Prawit, treated in Switserland) and rich thai Hi-So's going overseas for medical treatment in Europe, USA and Australia?

Kurt | 16 September 2020 - 10:34:04

Another thai 'mathematical' financial design from the thai drawing board. Not a single thought/question/analysis  reflecting how the proposed tourist will think about this regimental set up. Treat the tourists like pawns, and they not come to Thailand. Get real with the world outside Thailand. Start thinking first.

Nekar09 | 16 September 2020 - 02:32:00

Quarantine at what price?  The facilities are funded 40% by the right government?  Prices we want to know the prices ok

 

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