Thailand will begin allowing foreigners to enter the country again from July 1st following months of international travel lockdown.
The decision was confirmed today by Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesperson for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). He announced that some groups of foreigners may enter Thailand from next week.
The first groups who will gain entry to the country are businessmen and investors who have applied and been placed on a waiting list. They have also agreed to stay in alternative state quarantine on arrival to Thailand for 14 days.
The second group who may enter Thailand from July 1st consists of highly skilled laborers and experts in their fields, foreign nationals married to Thai nationals, permanent residents in Thailand, and educations personnel, including teachers and students.
All entries to Thailand from the second group of people must also undergo 14 days quarantine in an alternative facility.
The third group, including short-stay business people, are expected to gain exemption from quarantine rules. Officials are still discussing options for this group with an announcement about how they can enter the country anticipated on Monday.
The fourth group consists of people coming to Thailand for medical tourism. This group may be delayed in gaining entry to Thailand until hospitals and health clinics declare themselves ready to receive medical tourists.
Each facility must receive the Amazing Thailand Safety & Health Administration standard before accepting patients from abroad. Medical tourism will be limited to Bangkok, Phuket, Hat Yai, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai only.
Thousands of people have already registered to enter Thailand, including 700 business people and investors, more than 15,000 skilled laborers, 2,000 foreign nationals married to Thai nationals and permanent residents, 2,000 educational personnel, and 30,000 medical tourists.
Discussions are continuing about when Thailand will allow general tourists into the country via “travel bubbles.”
The latest update suggests that tourists may begin to arrive in August if the global virus situation improves.
Anyone who is part of the groups that may enter Thailand from July 1st can contact their local Royal Thai Embassy for full requirements and to gain a place on the waiting list.
Source: The Nation