Thailand prepares to open borders

A beach in Thailand | Photo: Splash World Limited

Bangkok, Thailand — Thailand is set to reopen its borders to welcome tourists from next week onwards, after the country suspended international flights to stop the spread of Covid-19.

As tourism plays an important role in the economy of Thailand, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has introduced a new scheme called, Special tourist Visa (STV) in order to revive the economy.

“Despite the delay, the first group of tourists from China will arrive in Phuket within this month,” said TAT governor Yutthasak Supasorn.

Thailand is set to attract visitors from low risk countries, which comes as a requirement under the STV scheme. Tourists who intend to visit Thailand will also have to get quarantined for 14 days in appointed hotels.

The first batch of tourists to arrive to Thailand after the borders reopen will be 120 visitors from Guangzhou, China. This batch is considered to be a low-risk group as no new cases have been found in Guangzhou recently. The first 120 visitors are expected to arrive by the 8th of this month.

Thailand has reported 3,575 coronavirus cases including 59 deaths.