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Phuket to host first travel bubble ‘villa quarantine’ tourists to Thailand

Phuket to host first travel bubble ‘villa quarantine’ tourists to Thailand

PHUKET: A total of 70 foreign tourists will arrive in Phuket by charter flight this weekend and become the first group of tourists to have ‘villa quarantine’ in Thailand, Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced today (Feb 17). 

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 17 February 2021, 04:57PM

The 70 foreign tourists will land in Phuket on Sunday (Feb 21) CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin announced today (Feb 17). Screenshot: via Bangkok Post

The 70 foreign tourists will land in Phuket on Sunday (Feb 21) CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin announced today (Feb 17). Screenshot: via Bangkok Post

Dr Taweesilp announced the news during the CCSA’s daily update on the COVID-19 situation broadcast from Government House in Bangkok this morning.

“The tourists will arrive on a flight from Indonesia. They will be arriving as a ‘travel bubble’ and will have already been swab tested [for COVID-19] five to six times before they arrive here,” he said.

“They are rich and coming to Phuket on a charter flight on Feb 21 [this Sunday], as the Communicable Disease Committee of Phuket has already approved their arrival,” he added

“We have all information about them including their names and nationalities. Members of the group come from America, Canada, Denmark, Brazil, France and Ukraine,” Dr Taweesilp explained.

The 70 foreign tourists will observe ‘villa quarantine’ for 14 days at the Sr Panwa resort, on Phuket’s east coast, Dr Taweesilp noted.

“The tourists had asked Sri Panwa management to allow them to quarantine in their rooms for five days and after that to allow them to observe the quarantine in the resort areas, as they wanted to use the resort facilities.


”They [Sri Panwa management] in turn asked us if this could be allowed. The CCSA has approved this kind of quarantine for a long time, but we never had any group of tourists coming like this. This will be our first time,” Dr Taweesilp said.

However, Dr Taweesilp also explained, “We have already warned the representative of the resort to be strict on enforcing the [COVID-19 preventative] measures that they have presented to us.”

“This quarantine will be similar to the players who joined the international volleyball competition that we held recently, and found no players infected,” Dr Taweesilp said.

“This villa quarantine will be a good example. The CCSA has already reviewed their [COVID control] measures and given feedback to the resort representatives in order to make the measures as good as possible,” he added.

“Welcoming this group to a ‘villa quarantine’ will boost confidence in our tourism among the tourists around the world.

“If there are no infected, or if some of them are infected but receive good treatment in our country, Thailand will become a popular destination in this New Normal world,” Dr Taweesilp said.

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Christy Sweet | 19 February 2021 - 12:21:28

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Kurt | 19 February 2021 - 10:46:26

Dr Taweesilp/CCSA should have their own professional representative at that resort. Don't trust a non medical resort representative in this important matter. That will not work. TIT.

CaptainJack69 | 18 February 2021 - 13:07:10

We need steps like this to raise Phukets visibility as a safe and practical destination in the era of COVID. What we don't need is a bunch of elitism excluding the majority for a hand-full of "rich" people. The virus doesn't care about their wealth, and neither do we. Why even mention it?

Kurt | 18 February 2021 - 11:21:01

5-6 Times tested before arrival Thailand, arriving asymptomatic, 'villa quarantined'. Wait and see. To link this affair on forehand to 'good treatment' and becoming ( so, it is not now) a popular destination, in this New Normal World??  What new normal world? Just a mouth full promotion/advertising crap. There is no New World in Thailand.

Nasa12 | 18 February 2021 - 07:53:47

A rule for the common people, another rule for the ones who have money  double standard, that’s Thailand. 

JSombra | 18 February 2021 - 05:13:56

This sounds suspiciously like a wedding party

skip | 18 February 2021 - 03:30:33

TREES  were still diminishing at an alarming rate. however the trees still voted for the AXE. for the axe was CLEVER. he had them fooled he was one of THEM. for his handle was made from WOOD. the WHO , CDC, bill gates, anthony fauci etc are making billions from the covid vaccine scam. the governments and people still do what the WHO tells them. this is irreversible gene therapy, not a vaccine.

Kurt | 18 February 2021 - 00:27:26

70 Rich people? How rich? How do you know that? Rich people keep low profile about their finances. And what has rich to do with 14 days strict quarantine? The way that official brings it will put off 'non rich people' to fly to Thailand. Try to THINK first before announcing nonsense out of the blue just for sake of saying something.

Fascinated | 17 February 2021 - 19:21:02

“They are rich"- nuff said. Phuket the hub of wealthy super spreaders!  Money buys 5 days quarantine, never mind the mayhem they may leave in their wake. Good luck with the villa quarantine- do they really believe this will be adhered to?

Foot | 17 February 2021 - 18:55:26

After the 14 days, what is the average length of stay for them?  How many are just going home?
Why no talk about how much this is costing them?

LALALA | 17 February 2021 - 17:17:59

70 'rich' people, WOW.. They not even got the flight fully occupied, what and achievement. LOL


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