Plans for 14-day quarantine at Thailand’s many golf courses have been given the green light.
A notice under the name of Dr Kiatphoom Wongradit of the Thai public health ministry has appeared in the Government Gazette.
Foreign golfers and their dependents will be allowed to quarantine and play golf as a means of “exercise” at golf courses. All CCSA, the Covid steering committee, regulations and measures would need to be followed, said the announcement.
Golfers will need to abide by coronavirus prevention measures, like social distancing, while playing rounds. Along with approving quarantine at golf courses, the Cabinet also approved to allow foreigners from any country to apply for the Special Tourist Visa which allows a 90 day stay that can be extended twice, adding up to about 9 months. The visa was initially only open to those from “low risk” countries.
Here’s the official order for golf quarantine:
Golf Quarantine means the detention of people entering the Kingdom of Thailand for the purpose of exercising by playing golf. Playing rounds and doing health activities during quarantine is according to a service program scheduled in advance by the golf business. It is a quarantine, surveillance, prevention and control facility for Covid-19, along with playing golf and doing health activities for a period of time according to the Infectious Disease Situation Management Center.
Previous reports have described the potential for thousands of golfers – mainly those from South Korea – wanted to come and spend possibly months in Thailand practicing golf.
The Thai authorities had been prompted to the idea from officials at the South Korean embassy.
Locally there have been online discussions taking place with golf course management taking part as a number of courses have on-site accommodation currently lying dormant. There may be the potential for these golf courses to take part in such a scheme if they are given official approval.