A collaboration between the Public Health Ministry and private hotels has created an “alternative state quarantine” option for any foreigner who is returning to Thailand and wishes to avail of additional luxury during their 14-day mandatory quarantine on arrival.
A letter sent by the Thai Foreign Ministry to all Foreign Chambers of Commerce on May 28th has paved the way for foreign citizens who hold a valid work permit or who have been granted permission from a Thai Government agency to work in the country to apply for a reentry certificate from their local Thai embassy or consulate.
One of the steps mentioned in the process of entering Thailand is that of the mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival into the country.
The same process has been undertaken by hundreds of Thai citizens who have come back to Thailand on repatriation flights. However, while Thai citizens must enter state quarantine facilities, foreigners will be provided with an alternative.
Deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Natapanu Nopakun, explained:
“They (returning foreigners) must have health insurance and a health certificate, and will also be subject to 14 days quarantine in Thailand, either at a state facility or in a private facility at their own cost.”
If a state quarantine facility doesn’t take your fancy, five hotels across Bangkok, Nonthaburi, and Pathum Thani are willing to offer a luxurious alternative – at a price.
The hotels currently in the alternative state quarantine program are:
- Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok
- Qiu Hotel Sukhumvit
- The Idle Residence
- Grand Richmond Hotel
- Royal Benja Hotel Bangkok
To qualify for the program, hotels must meet certain guidelines including a contract with a local hospital so that quarantined guests can be taken care of throughout the 14-day period.
The qualifying hotels must also pass an assessment performed by both the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Defense.
However, any returning foreigner who wishes to avail of the luxurious alternative to state quarantine will find themselves paying anywhere between 30,000 and 60,000 for the two week period.
Despite the high prices, the service is already proving popular with Qui Hotel Sukhumvit claiming they have already received around 700 inquiries with 90 bookings over the past couple of days.
The alternative state quarantine facilities can be booked in advance of arrival via the individual hotel websites or by calling 1667 or 1426 within Thailand.
Source: The Nation