Thailand to welcome tourists onboard cruise ships and yachts

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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.