THE Thai government will allow foreign tourists to visit for longer stays from October as a way of reviving a major sector of the country’s economy that has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According Thai Tourism Authority Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said that tourists can stay for at least 30 days, with the first 14 days in quarantine around their hotel, before they can visit other areas.
Meanwhile Minister of Tourism and Sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn stated on October 1 we will start in Phuket. Later, tourists must take two tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during quarantine before they can travel across the island.
“Apart from that, they will also have to take additional tests and remain within the (visited) province for another week before they can travel to other parts of the country,” he said.
Ratchakitprakarn added that Thailand had nearly three months without a confirmed case of transmission of COVID-19 with more than 3,300 cases of COVID-19. The country hopes to get 8 million foreign tourists visiting this year. [antaranews/photo special]