CCSA to consider opening Thailand’s borders to limited entry by foreign visitors

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is to consider opening the country’s borders to allow a limited number of foreigners to enter the country under the proposed travel bubble tourism program.

CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said on Monday that the CCSA will divide foreign arrivals into categories. Namely those requiring quarantine for 14 days and those who will visit for a short period and, therefore, do not needed to be isolated.

The first category includes businessmen, skilled workers, those who have Thai families and those who have residences in Thailand. Dr. Taweesin said that there are already 700 foreign businessmen and investors, and some 22,000 skilled foreign workers and experts, who have applied to enter Thailand.

Moreover, there are 2,000 foreign expatriates who want to return to visit their families, he said, adding that these foreigners do not mind if they are asked to spend 14 days in quarantine, because they are long term stayers.

There are also people who seek medical services in Thailand. Dr. Taweesin said that there are about 30,000 such potential visitors, who do not have problem being quarantined in hospital.

Those who do not have to be quarantined include businessmen and investors who want to make short 3 to 5 day visits, foreigners who are guests of the Government and are attending conferences or meetings, and ordinary tourists from countries listed as low risk, such as Japan and South Korea.


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