The Thai government announced on Monday that seven groups of foreigners would gain access to Thailand when it reopens its borders.
As expected, business people, investors, and medical tourists are among those who will be allowed in when the borders reopen after a lengthy ban on incoming international flights.
The spokesman for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, said that seven groups of foreigners could enter Thailand. Those seven groups are then further divided into two broad groups with different rules for each group.
The groups are as follows:
Group 1 – Not necessarily included in “travel bubbles” and will need to undergo a 14-day quarantine on arrival
- People in business and investors – 700 have already registered to enter Thailand.
- Highly-skilled workers and experts in their fields/industries – 22,000 have already registered to enter Thailand.
- Foreign nationals who are married to Thai nationals or have permanent residency – 2,000 have already registered to enter Thailand.
- Medical tourists – 30,000 have already registered to enter Thailand.
Group 2 – Visitors who are part of the “travel bubbles” and will not need to undergo a 14-day quarantine on arrival
- Short-stay business people, including entry to the country for business meetings.
- Guests of the Thai government for ceremonies.
- General tourists under bilateral or “travel bubble” agreements.
The government is currently considering specific rules for groups of people. For example, medical tourists would need to go directly to the hospital, where they will remain under quarantine and receive medical treatment at the same time.
When reporting about which countries are expected to sign bilateral agreements with Thailand, Dr. Visanuyothin specifically mentioned China, Japan, and South Korea as those among the first groups who are expected to gain entry as tourists into Thailand.
Details are expected to be finalized and announced by Friday.
Source: The Nation