Thailand Opens Doors With Health Capability to Handle More Visitors
July 10, 2020
The Royal Thai Government Is Considering Local Tours for Medical and Wellness Tourists From Overseas From Next Month. A restart of Inbound Tourism Under a “travel Bubbles” Concept in September.
Thailand has announced its health capability to manage the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The kingdom is opening doors for 11 groups of Thai and non-Thai nationals this month.
The Royal Thai Government is considering local tours for medical and wellness tourists from overseas from next month. To restart inbound tourism under a “travel bubbles” concept in September.
The 11 groups of Thai and non-Thai nationals, in present, allowed entering Thailand with “Certificate of Entry” from a Thai embassy or consulate overseas. They include foreigners who require medical treatment – except for COVID-19 – in Thailand, and their attendants, and foreigners permitted to enter the kingdom under a special arrangement.
Thus far, Thailand has recorded no new local cases of COVID-19 infection for over a month. There is a green light to resume normal operations including phase one from 3 May, phase two from 17 May, phase three from 1 June, phase four from 15 June, and phase five from 1 July.
According to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), Thailand is well-equipped with health capabilities to manage the pandemic. It includes an adequate number of hospital beds in Bangkok and other places in the country. A total of 568 beds at hotels designated as state quarantine locations have been assigned nationwide.
Thailand at present has 1,127,970 N95 surgical masks, 511,578 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE), 11,096 ventilators, and 319,994 tablets of Favipiravir. These can be used for approximate 4,571 patients.
Thailand is implementing its screening, quarantine, and reporting measures for international arrivals to the country per the traveler’s destination.
The isolation and quarantine approaches include:
- Local quarantine for interprovincial travelers, state quarantine for international arrivals, and alternative state quarantine for international arrivals at their own expense.
- Home (self-monitoring).
- Organizational quarantine.
- Hospital quarantine for close observation.
According to the CCSA, Thailand’s health capability and unprecedented measures on the COVID-19 prevention will allow the country to maintain the “zero local case”. This is for the health and safety of the over 67 million citizens of Thailand, especially as the country is opening doors for more international arrivals.
In the meantime, the CCSA recommends that everyone remain on guard by observing the social distancing rules, wearing masks and washing hands often to protect themselves and others.