Thai Cabinet approves long-stay vacationer visas amid plans to reopen

Bangkok, September 15

Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday authorised visas of as much as 270 days for long-stay vacationers as the federal government prepares to reopen to international guests from as early as subsequent month to assist help a key sector battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Visitors will have the ability to prolong 90-day visas that value 2,000 baht ($64.14) two extra occasions, deputy authorities spokesperson Traisulee Traisoranakul advised a Cabinet briefing.

The authorities goals to permit international guests from low-risk or no-risk international locations to go to the nation from subsequent month, Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the official Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), advised Reuters.

“I want to see this happen quickly. I will try to do it in October or the fourth quarter at the latest,” he mentioned.

Several hundred guests who agreed to 14-day quarantine will likely be allowed monthly and “we also want them to fly direct to reduce risks”.

The plan is to start out with provinces that present various state quarantine, Yuthasak mentioned.

By sealing off the nation to all however returning Thai nationals and authorised foreigners, and requiring all arrivals to quarantine, Thailand has restricted coronavirus circumstances to simply 3,480, the overwhelming majority of which have recovered. The nation has reported 58 deaths.

But Thailand has beforehand shelved plans to reopen to international vacationers because of issues about new outbreaks, together with an East Asia journey bubble and a proposal to designate resorts corresponding to Phuket for holidays that embrace necessary quarantine and motion restrictions.

The tourism-reliant nation has recorded no international vacationers since April when it imposed a journey ban.

The state planning company expects solely 6.7 million international vacationers this 12 months after final 12 months’s document 39.eight million guests whose spending made up 11.4% of GDP.

($1 = 31.18 baht)


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