On 15 September, the cabinet approved a scheme to allow foreign tourists to stay for 90 days to revitalize Thailand’s tourism. The catch is, the visitors must agree to a 14-day quarantine period.
According to the Bangkok Post, Deputy Government Spokeswoman Traisulee Traisaranakul said the plan will target 100 to 300 visitors per week, at a maximum of 1,200 tourists per month, and generate around one billion baht per month in tourism revenue.
Furthermore, the Finance Ministry’s permanent secretary Prasong Pootaneat cited the example of 20 Chinese provinces freed of COVID-19. With a population of around 800 million people, one percent, or eight million people, could boost Thailand’s tourism sector.
What does it mean?
While the 90-day visa is good news, the plan also means Thailand’s government expects 1,200 tourists, mostly from China, to spend 833,333 baht each in one month. The 1,200 visitors would also need to take four weeks off from work, with two weeks for quarantine and two weeks for vacation.
The obvious question
How many Chinese, Taiwanese, or even European tourists will spend nearly one million baht per person and 14 days in quarantine for a vacation in Thailand amidst a worldwide virus pandemic and the global economy sinking?
The answer from the cabinet of General Prayut Chan-o-cha is 1,200 visitors per month.