Thailand To Restart Tourism With Flight From China


Thailand will welcome its first overseas vacationers when a flight arrives from China next week. This indicates the gradual restart of a major tourism sector ravaged by coronavirus travel edges, a senior official said Tuesday.

The first flight will have around 120 tourists from Guangzhou flying directly to the holiday island of Phuket, Thai tourism governor Yuthasak Supasorn told Reuters.

Entrants are from countries that are classified by the government as low risk and that they keep an eye on.

“We are not opening the country, we are limiting the number of entries and will get along with wristbands and apps to follow them,” Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters.


Thailand became the first country outside of China to discover the coronavirus in a visitor from Wuhan in January.

“Tourists will have a long-stay visa starting October 8 and will be in an alternative state quarantine for 14 days,” Yuthasak said.

Visitors must have health insurance and a negative coronavirus test 72 hours prior to travel, and will be tested twice in quarantine.

“Thailand’s protection system can prevent a second wave,” said government spokeswoman Traisulee.


“We prevented local transmission 100 days ago,” she said, adding that Thailand had become attractive to visitors who wanted to avoid infection.

Thailand has kept coronavirus infections low with only 3,559 cases and 59 deaths, but its economy has been hit by a ban on foreign visitors since April and is expected to shrink 8.5% this year.

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