Thailand to slowly restart tourism with flight from China

  • Thailand will receive its first foreign vacationers when a flight from China arrives next week, marking the gradual restart of a vital tourism sector battered by coronavirus travel curbs, a senior official said on 29 Sep 20.
  • The first flight will have about 120 tourists from Guangzhou, flying directly to the resort island of Phuket, Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn told Reuters.
  • Government spokeswoman Traisulee Traisoranakul expects 1,200 tourists in the first month, generating about THB1bn in revenue and THB12.4bn over one year, drawing in 14,400 tourists.
  • Nationalities permitted to enter will be from countries deemed low risk by the government, which will keep tabs on them.
  • “Tourists will be on a long stay visa starting 8 Oct 20 and will stay in alternative state quarantine for 14 days,” Mr Yuthasak said.
  • Visitors need health insurance and a negative coronavirus test 72 hours before travelling and will be tested twice in quarantine.

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