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First STV arrivals due next week from China

First STV arrivals due next week from China

THAILAND: Two groups of Chinese tourists with Special Tourist Visas (STV) will arrive in Thailand on Oct 20 and 26, Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has confirmed.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 16 October 2020, 10:31AM

Both groups, 240 in total, will arrive from Guangzhou in southern China. Photo: Bangkok Post.

Both groups, 240 in total, will arrive from Guangzhou in southern China. Photo: Bangkok Post.

The first group of 120 STV foreign visitors will depart from China’s southern province of Guangzhou and arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport next Tuesday.

The other group, with 120 people, will also come from Guangzhou.

This group had planned to go to Phuket on Oct 8 but that trip was postponed because the island’s authorities were holding their annual vegetarian festival at the time and were concerned they might not have time to deal with the Chinese visitors’ arrivals, said Mr Phiphat.

Both groups will stay in Thailand for 30 days and will spend the first 14 days in Alternative State Quarantine or Alternative Local State Quarantine facilities in accordance with public health measures.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would find activities to keep them occupied while they are quarantined in their hotels, the minister said. These first STV visitors could pave the way for a gradual reopening of Thailand’s borders and the further easing of lockdown measures, he said.

The next phase of tourism reopening could see the time quarantined inside hotel rooms halved to seven days. This might see visitors allowed to spend the next seven days outside their rooms but not outside their hotels.

Meanwhile, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul disclosed further details yesterday about the joint research and development of a COVID-19 vaccine between Thai company Siam Bioscience with Oxford University and the British multinational pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

Mr Anutin said Siam Bioscience had the capacity to manufacture 100-200 million doses for use in Thailand and other countries in the region and his ministry has instructed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Medical Science (DMS) to analyse the vaccine speedily.

The Department of Disease Control and the DMS expect to conclude within a fortnight if their antibody blood tests are accurate and efficient.

If they are, the ministry will propose that the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration cuts the quarantine period, Mr Anutin said.

He added that efficient and accurate antibody blood tests which could result in a shorter quarantine period would be a good news for the country.

Suvarnabhumi Airport, the country’s main gateway, says it is fully ready to welcome the first batch of foreign visitors next week.

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Anhlam78 | 17 October 2020 - 15:31:54

Who paid who for this? STV or not, these travellors should stil be going through the 72 hour pre filght screen test whetherbor not they come from a low risk country. China Low Risk? I say test these 240 tourist 72 before they leave, if just 1 test positive, scrap the deal. There are a lot more lower risk countries than china. Mark my words. 

goldwing | 17 October 2020 - 10:35:25

I thought the requirement for a STv were agreeing to stay for 90 days, so how are the people getting a Special visa?

Kurt | 17 October 2020 - 08:43:51

@ Wagsthedog:  Perhaps the Communist Republic of China sees Thailand now just as on of their provinces? ( joke). China certainly influence thinking of Thai 'politicians' quite a while. ( Actually many are no politicians)

Kurt | 17 October 2020 - 08:29:10

Great! New plan! First 7 days quarantine in room, next 7 days all rooming around, but contained in hotel. That is no quarantine, that is a invitation to spread the Covid-19 virus if 1 'tourist' in that hotel becomes infectious between testing days. Hallooo?  Time amateurish Thai Officials get in touch with Johns Hopkins Univ in USA to advice them. Stop nonsense desk doings.

Kurt | 17 October 2020 - 08:11:54

The talks/clarifications of officials in this article call up more questions than satisfaction/understanding with their sayings. Much doesn't make reality sense. A lot of Officialdom fantasy in how to handle. To many  
' if's '.And,  now antibody blood tests?

JSombra | 16 October 2020 - 15:06:11

"Both groups will stay in Thailand for 30 days "

And will have to do 2 weeks quarantine on return, so a months worth of quarantine for 2 weeks holiday, now who really believes 'tourists' are doing that?

JSombra | 16 October 2020 - 14:57:45

I don't even ask why they keep lying anymore, its obvious why. The real question is why the media like yourselves keep repeating the lies without comment. You know the real reasons 8th did it happen and the festival is not it.

charles | 16 October 2020 - 14:35:36

wait , didn't you just report 2 days ago that these tourist were fictitious & nobody had applied for these visas they were all just inquiries  

PhuketRe | 16 October 2020 - 14:29:43

Come on stop it! Dont make sense to risk the life of milliona for 120 people!!! Even 120.000 will not change anything economially. Just let people adapt to new situation and dont destroy the great results of containing virus in Thailand.

wagsthedog | 16 October 2020 - 13:10:11

unbelievable, has someone checked with the Chinese govt? they are not allowing their citizens to leave the country

Paddy | 16 October 2020 - 10:48:31

Here we go again, OMG.


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