The government on Tuesday agreed to allow in foreign tourists who agree to 14-day quarantine and stay for at least 90 days, to help the economy.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said after the cabinet meeting that the government would issue special tourist visas for long-stay visitors. The most important condition would be a 14-day quarantine.
“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.”
Deputy government spokeswoman Traisulee Traisaranakul said of the plan, “The target is to welcome 100-300 visitors a week, or up to 1,200 people a month, and generate income of about 1 billion baht a month.”
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.
The 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 one percent of them, about 8 million people, visited Thailand they could support the tourism sector, he said.
วันที่ 15 ก.ย. 2563 น.ส.ไตรศุลี ไตรสรณกุล รองโฆษกประจำสำนักนายกรัฐมนตรี แถลงข่าวว่า คณะรัฐมนตรี (ครม.) อนุมัติหลักการ แนวทางการเปิดรับนักท่องเที่ยวประเภทพิเศษ หรือ Special Tourist VISA (STV) ตามที่กระทรวงการท่องเที่ยวและกีฬาเสนอ โดยให้คนต่างด้าวที่มีคุณสมบัติ ดังนี้คือ
Trisulee Traisanakul, Deputy Spokeswoman for the Prime Minister’s Office, announced today, September 15, that the cabinet has approved the tourism principle as proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, initially called Special Tourist Visa, for foreign tourists under the following qualifications:
1. A foreigner who wishes to travel to stay for a long period (Long-stay travel) in Thailand.
2. A foreigner who has acknowledged they are willing to comply with Thailand’s public health measures in Thailand, and agree to conduct a state quarantine at an Alternative Local State Quarantine (ALSQ) for 14 days.
3. A foreigner who provides evidence of long-term residency in Thailand, including evidence of payment for the hotel accommodation or hospital accommodation that provides Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) service in Thailand and at least one piece of the following evidence:
– Proof of payment for hotel accommodation or hospital accommodation after the state quarantine
– A copy of ownership of an apartment or condominium belonging to foreigners or family members of foreigners
– A copy of a rental license or deposit payment of the purchase of apartment, condominium, or house by foreigners in Thailand