DestinationsUnder these pilot programmes, the pre-approved foreign visitors can move around and enjoy the amenities within the resort.

First villa and golf quarantine tourists arrive in Thailand

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Sri Panwa is set to receive its first batch of foreign tourists arriving from Indonesia under the villa quarantine programme.
Sri Panwa is set to receive its first batch of foreign tourists arriving from Indonesia under the villa quarantine programme. Photo Credit: Sri Panwa Phuket

This week looks to be a busier one for Thailand since the Covid-19 pandemic began, with various groups of international travellers reported to be making their way into the country.

The first group of golf quarantine visitors from South Korea arrived in Thailand on Thursday, announced Thapanee Kiatphaibool, deputy governor, tourism product and business, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on Twitter.

Thailand had earlier approved golf quarantine for foreign golfers at six approved golf resorts in the country. This list of government-approved golf resorts will allow foreign golfers with advance arrangements to move around in the resort environment and also play golf, rather than just having to isolate in their rooms.

Earlier this week, Bangkok Post reported that 70 wealthy foreign tourists travelling in a "bubble" will enter Thailand on Sunday and go into villa quarantine at Sri Panwa Hotel in Phuket.

According to a Thai government spokesperson, the foreign visitors hail from Brazil, Canada, France, Denmark, Ukraine and the US. They have been travelling together on a chartered aircraft, and have been repeatedly tested for Covid-19 in the countries they visited. They will be arriving from Indonesia.

These visitors will stay in their rooms for the first five days of their 14-day quarantine, after which they will permitted to leave their rooms and make use of the facilities within the resort grounds.

The Thai authorities said this group of tourists will mark the first tourists to make use of villa quarantine. If this initial programme works and ongoing Covid-19 testing is successful the pilot programme will be expanded after this proof of concept.

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