There are many things about Thailand that look strange to outsiders but to locals are simply ‘very Thai’. And while there’s increasing pushback against the monarchy (despite lese majeste laws) and against a military junta that last year had to clarify they wouldn’t actually execute tourists for taking selfies at the Phuket airport there’s still much acceptance of things as they are, without reason or justification.
It may even seem perfectly normal that as Thailand looks at how they can re-open to tourism amidst the global pandemic that putting potential visitors through a 31 step process that involves prepaying a 90 day hotel stay can seem perfectly normal. (HT: God Save the Points)
In the draft proposal Thailand is considering, there are (4) different agencies involved in the process of approving a visit to the country: the Immigration Bureau, Foreign Ministry, Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration and Tourism Ministry.
- Everyone must have at least $100,000 in health insurance
- And a negative Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours of arrival
- Prepay both a 14 day quarantine and a 90 day hotel stay
- Travel only by charter or private flight
Even with a “fit-to-fly certificate” and a health certificate, along with health screening on arrival, tourists would be required to quarantine for 14 days – after which they must wear a wristband or activate a tracing app before heading to their hotel.
👉 You have to pay for accommodation in advance for not only the quarantine hotel, but your hotel afterwards. But for how long? Pay for 90 days in advance? In this graphic, they showed a potential income of ฿372,000 from hotel stay. I guess that’s the amount if you stay 270 days. pic.twitter.com/UeWMXku8pp
— Richard Barrow in Thailand 🇹🇭🇬🇧 (@RichardBarrow) September 16, 2020
That’s a lot to go through even for 90 days, but visas are extendable out to 270 days. Without tourism in Thailand, though, the monkeys are running amok.