KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 21): Thailand is starting to receive foreign tourists after a ban of seven months, according to a report by Associated Press (AP).

Yesterday, 39 from Shanghai arrived at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport via the country’s Special Tourist Visa” programme in a “step-by-step” plan to revive Thailand’s Covid-19 impacted tourism industry. But there are still strict conditions to be met under this programme.

Foreign tourists who “commit” to a stay of at least 30 days and will then be issued 90-day visas that can be renewed twice, AP reported.

They then have to stay in government-approved quarantine in a hotel or hospital for 14 days, and also confirm that they have “arrangements for long-term accommodations”.

In addition, they must have “special insurance policies” and have tested negative for Covid-19 before departing from their countries.

As a further safety measure, Suvarnabhumi Airport stated in a media release the “airport is ready for tourists with a system that can test for the coronavirus and have result within 90 minutes”.

The tourists also have to “go through three thermal scans as they make their way through the airport”, said the release quoting operations managers, Kittipong Kittikachorn.

“We can assure everyone that all our measures are systematic and meet international standards,” Kittipong told AP.

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