Thailand wants visitors to quarantine at golf resorts

There'd be worse places to spend your 14-day lockdown than at an 18-hole golf course.

By Bloomberg News, January 15 2021
Thailand wants visitors to quarantine at golf resorts

Thailand is pitching half a dozen lush green golf courses as state quarantine centers to foreign tourists as the Southeast Asian seeks to gradually reopen its tourism industry.

The government approved six golf resorts, including three in Kanchanaburi province, where patrons can enjoy the game and roam freely within the premises rather than confining themselves in their rooms during a two-week mandatory quarantine, Tourism Authority of Thailand said.

The golf quarantine is the latest effort by Thai authorities to lure foreign travelers amid a new wave of Covid-19 infections after earlier offers of special long-stay visas evoked a lukewarm response.

The pandemic has devastated Thailand’s tourism industry, which netted more than US$60 billion in revenue from about 40 million visitors in 2019 and accounted for about a fifth of the nation’s gross domestic product.

Prospective golf aficionados planning trips to Thailand will need visas, medical and travel insurance and a certificate of entry, according to a government announcement.

“Thailand remains a golfer’s paradise even during the Covid-19 pandemic,” the tourism authority said. “With fewer players on the links, it is now easier to book tee times, and the pace of play is much faster than ever with less wear and tear over the last year as well.”

The approved resorts include a par-72 course in Mida Golf Club in Kanchanaburi and an 18-hole course at Artitaya Golf & Resort in Nakhon Nayok.

Thailand’s government plans to collect a US$10 'tourist fee' from each foreign visitor to start a new fund to provide insurance cover for any accidents or illnesses, Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said Thursday.

Authorities expect to garner 3 billion baht (US$100 million) this year from an estimated 10 million tourist arrivals, he said.

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20 Jun 2020

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All you need is a day one quarantine patron that is covid positive to mingle with a day thirteen covid negative patron to make this whole operation pointless. This is exactly why people are confined to their rooms in hotel isolation.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 Aug 2013

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Thailand are doing hotel quarantine different to AUS, last check there was about 170hotel  to choose from in BKK ranging from 1 star to 5 star and you book direct with the hotel and choose the room type from the options they offer.  After the first test on day 4 if you are negative you get 30 minutes a day outside your room by the pool in garden ( supervised) and then a little more freedom after a second negative test on day 9 or 10.  I believe you room gets a basic clean every few days after the first negative test as well.

Each hotels ISO in managed by one of the BKK hospitals with on site nurses.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Oct 2012

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.... a US$10 per person with 10 million arrivals when I went to school would equal $100m in funds (not US$100,000 as reported)...  though it wouldn't surprise me that there's a few people in Thailand 'trousering' the money...!   

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