The first travellers to have almost obtained their Special Tourist Visas are ready to head to Thailand in October.  The group is described as ‘wealthy people from China” who are ready to board a private jet, with seven people as a self-travel group, coordinated by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Mr. Pipat Ratchakitprakarn, Minister of Tourism and Sports said that the various processes have been completed and now only the Ministry of Foreign Affairs needs to approve the special tourist visas (STV). “We will try to manage it in time for October 1st, as the goal of the Ministry of Tourism”, said Pipat. He says the idea to reduce the quarantine period from 14 to 7 days is yet to be approved

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said that the various operating processes of the relevant departments has been completed apart from the special tourist visa (STV) process being published in the Gazette, with a number of tourists confirming their travel.  This is expected to be implemented in time for early October.

Prof. Dr. Trisulee Traisanakul, Deputy spokesperson for the Office of the Prime Minister, says that the country is ready for Special Tourist VISA (STV) travellers with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Public Health and other related agencies prepared and able to accept foreign tourists.  She said that small charter or private plane flights must first be approved.

Ms. Trisulee said she would like people to be confident in in the Thai COVID-19 prevention system.  She believes that the government can prevent and control the spread of the COVID-19 virus effectively with Thailand being one of the safest countries in the world.

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports estimate of revenue from the expected 1,200 tourists per month is 1,030,732,800 baht and over 12 months there will be 14,400 tourists with an estimated income 12,368,793,600 Baht.  Thailand will use this as an opportunity to help restore the economy.