BANGKOK (AP)– Thailand’s traveler industry took a modest action toward restoring its coronavirus-battered fortunes Tuesday by inviting 39 visitors who flew in from Shanghai, the very first such arrivals given that routine travelers were prohibited practically seven months ago.The visitors who reached Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport are leaders in a “Unique Tourist Visa” program created by Thai authorities to bring back action by action a sector of the economy that invited practically 40 million foreign visitors last year and by some estimates accounts for more than 10% of the country’s GDP.China was a natural choice for rebooting tourist. Thailand was among the top abroad destinations for Chinese tourists in 2019, when they represented by far the biggest number of visitors to Thailand by nationality. Just as important is that China has actually mainly included the infection locally, in sharp contrast to other countries.Thailand has had just
a handful of domestic cases since June, and China’s few regional break outs have dissipated rapidly after authorities took steps such as testing whole cities and quarantining communities with possible exposure.Thailand’s newest visitors can not easily traipse around the country,
however. Under the program authorized by the Thai Cabinet in September, foreign travelers who devote to a stay of at least 1 month are provided 90-day visas that can be restored twice. After getting here, they must remain in government-approved quarantine at a hotel or healthcare facility for 14 days and prove they have long-lasting accommodations. They need to have special insurance plan, undergo pre-departure screening for the virus and download an official coronavirus-tracking application for use throughout their stay.An operations supervisor at Suvarnabhumi Airport said it is all set for tourists with a screening system that offers the outcome within
90 minutes. He stated arrivals have to go through three thermal scans as they make their way through the airport.”We can ensure everyone that all our steps are systematic and meet international requirements,” the supervisor, Kittipong Kittikachorn, told The Associated Press.Members of the media
were not enabled to meet the showing up tourists.At least 2 other flights from China are anticipated later on this month, and Thailand’s tourist ministry anticipates about 400 foreign visitors in early November. Future flights might land in locations aside from Bangkok, such as the southern
resort island of Phuket.