Thirty-nine Chinese tourists on the new special tourist visas arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport from Shanghai on Tuesday evening. They will be put in quarantine for 14 days before they can go out and about. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)
The first group of Chinese visitors since the Covid-19 outbreak forced the closure of Thailand’s borders in March arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport from Shanghai on Tuesday, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). The 41 Chinese visitors on a Special Tourist Visa (STV) — which was recently approved by the cabinet to restart the country’s pandemic-battered tourism industry — arrived on a special Spring Airlines flight at 5.10pm yesterday, TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn said.
Mr Yuthasak said more Chinese visitors are on their way, with 147 due to arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport from Guangzhou on Oct 26. TAT estimated that each tourist would spend around 800,000 baht during their stay in Thailand. A group of 120 visitors from Guangzhou were supposed to arrive in Phuket on Oct 8, but their trip was postponed as the island’s authorities were concerned they might not have the manpower to deal with the tourists’ arrival, which coincided with Phuket’s annual vegetarian festival, according to the Sports and Tourism Ministry.