BANGKOK (Oct 28): Thailand’s cabinet today approved the entry of cruise ships and yachts with foreign passengers onboard into the kingdom, in a bid to boost its tourism sector battered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Deputy government spokesperson, Traisuree Taisaranakul said the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan o-cha today agreed to allow cruise ship and yacht passengers from low- and middle-risk countries to enter the kingdom.
She said all passengers onboard must adhere to the strict health measures imposed by the Thai government including undergoing a 14-day quarantine period and obtaining health insurance that covers Covid-19 treatment and other diseases for the amount of US$100,000 or equivalent.
“Cruise ship and yacht passengers will be granted a Special Tourist Visa (STV) that costs 2,000 baht. They are allowed to extend the 90-day visa twice,” she said at a press conference here today.
However, she did not say when the initiative will kick-off.
Last week, Thailand welcomed the first group of tourists from Shanghai after a ban on regular travellers since April this year.
Meanwhile, the cabinet today approved a one-month extension of the state of emergency to the end of November.
Government spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri said the eighth extension aimed to effectively curb the spread of Covid-19 in the kingdom.
To date, Thailand has recorded 3,759 Covid-19 cases with 59 fatalities.