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Gradual arrival of Chinese expected, no COVID test, says Anutin

Gradual arrival of Chinese expected, no COVID test, says Anutin

BANGKOK: Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul does not expect a sudden influx of Chinese tourists or see a need for any special arrival rules for them.

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 29 December 2022, 04:27PM

Visitors from China are welcomed at Suvarnabhumi airport during the Lunar New Year in February 2019 - before the COVID-19 epidemic. Photo: Sutthiwit Chayutworakan

Visitors from China are welcomed at Suvarnabhumi airport during the Lunar New Year in February 2019 - before the COVID-19 epidemic. Photo: Sutthiwit Chayutworakan

Anutin, also a deputy prime minister, said today (Dec 29) that the number of Chinese arrivals would be limited initially because the Chinese government still imposed travel conditions including RT-PCR tests for COVID-19 for both inbound and outbound travellers.

“I would not like any speculation of a Chinese influx because that would worry people. I believe they will arrive gradually,” he said.

Following the Chinese government’s decision to ease COVID-19 controls, officials from the Department of Disease Control, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Ministry of Transport had met every day to discuss appropriate measures, Anutin said.

He said the government would not require Chinese visitors to take a test for COVID-19 before or after they arrive, reports the Bangkok Post.

Most Chinese received at least three doses of COVID-19 vaccine and also developed antibodies from COVID-19 infection. In addition, COVID-19 strains detected in China and Thailand were the same, Anutin said.

Chinese visitors would only have to comply with relevant measures imposed on all arrivals, that was to buy health insurance, he said.

Officials planned to give AstraZeneca vaccines to Chinese visitors on a voluntary basis if they had received three shots of Sinovac and wanted to pay for a booster jab of AstraZeneca, Anutin said.

Local people could prepare by ensuring they have had at least four doses of COVID-19 vaccine, while businesses could enforce effective disease controls in their premises, he said.

“Disease control measures will focus not only on public health but also economic benefits,” Anutin said.

“We must consider economic matters… Many Thai people have been vaccinated. There are medicines and hospitals for infected people. Arrivals will not pose any serious risk. We will treat Chinese visitors like those arriving from other countries,” the health minister said.

Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn said today he expected Chinese tourists would start arriving from Jan 5 and predicted about 300,000 in the first quarter of next year, which would help the tourism sector during the low season.

The authority had now raised its arivals target for next year from 20 million to 25mn, but anticipated revenue from tourism remained unchanged at B2.4 trillion, he said.

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Kurt | 31 December 2022 - 08:41:28

Worldwide global concern growing concern over China's lack of transparency and low testing rate, as Covid cases surging each day by many millions. And, never trust words from communist countries China and Russia. Lying/foo;ing is their communist trade mark.

christysweet | 30 December 2022 - 18:06:00

The russian with their crap Sputnik and the Chinese with the crap Sinovac and the Thai crap AZ vaccine will have an outbreak on Phuket by February 

harald | 30 December 2022 - 17:49:02

by the way, i also laugh about alleged vaccinations with western vaccines, which even after repeating 4 to 5 times do not protect against covid19, but endanger health. ok, but i'm not a victim of the media either and that's why i stayed maskless and unvaccinated :-D

harald | 30 December 2022 - 17:39:08

I can only laugh because I know what such tests show. in the end only traces of nucleic acid, which everyone produces whose body has fought a virus or caught a virus without consequences. even those who have had dengue fever are positive in the test. By the way, I also laugh about alleged protective masks against covid19 when I read the packaging, do not use them for medical purposes and so on :-D

Den Alder | 30 December 2022 - 11:51:33


jamstock | 30 December 2022 - 10:58:34

3 years on and we're still talking about this nonsense

solar_serfer | 30 December 2022 - 09:54:33

No need for special rules for a country with the biggest outbreak at present- and this is a potential PM. May the Lord save us!

Capricornball | 30 December 2022 - 09:32:23

I just read that the first 2 flights from China to Milan, over half the people tested positive for Covid, so what is Anutin thinking? The US just imposed restrictions on Chinese arrivals. But the Thai welcome mat has no concerns about anything other than raking in baht, no matter where it comes from. Phuket has gone from wonderful to terrible in the last 2 months.

JohnC | 30 December 2022 - 09:16:48

The big pharma companies must be loving this. A few more billion $ from additional drug sales will top up their profit margin nicely. Thank you Thailand for letting waves of the virus back in again. You'll be sooorrry!!!

Kurt | 30 December 2022 - 07:47:08

Oh-oh, no special rules for arriving Chinese people. Is that wise? USA now requests a negative Covid test from Chinese before departing China. Lately of every 2 Chinese arriving in Italy 1 of them is Covid positive. Recently in 1 day only ( 1 day) in China 37 million ( 37 million) people got Covid! That is more than 50 % of Thai population! Hope Minister Anutin takes wise decisions.

Fascinated | 29 December 2022 - 23:13:28

No need for special rules for a country with the biggest outbreak at present- and this is a potential PM. May the Lord save us!


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