Tourists will be able to travel within the five designated areas under the new plan, which will likely come into effect in April
The Thailand government has announced its newest “area quarantine” plan, aimed at opening the country to foreign tourists from the next month onwards.
The quarantine plan will be implemented in five different provinces that are popular with foreign tourists: Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Surat Thani (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan), and Chon Buri (Pattaya), Singapore-based online lifestyle news platform AsiaOne reported.
Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn disclosed the details of the plan on Thursday, after a meeting with 216 different tourism operators, as well as the Public Health Ministry in Thailand.
The plan comes as the Southeast Asian nation also launches its “golf quarantine” scheme, where tourists from countries considered low-risk for Covid-19 can visit for a golf holiday across approved golf resorts in the country.
According to the plan’s timeline, tourists will have to quarantine in their hotel rooms for the first three days of their trip, and will then be tested for Covid-19. They will also require a certificate of entry, negative Covid-19 test and health insurance prior to entering the country.
If the test results are negative after the three day duration, they will be able to travel freely throughout the whole hotel or resort until their 14-day quarantine period ends.
After the two-week quarantine, they will need to test for the virus again. If they successfully test negative, they will be given access to the entire quarantine area.
Twenty-nine travel agencies will organize and manage the plan, supervised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
In 2019, the foreign tourism industry contributed two trillion bahts (S$88 billion) of Thailand’s total 3.01-trillion-baht tourism revenue.
Tourism also made up 17% of Thailand’s GDP in 2019.