TAT confirms special tourist visa scheme

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Pailin Chuchottaworn, head of a panel assigned to steer economic management measures, questions government’s Covid-19 austere measures.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has confirmed that the initiative to welcome foreign tourists back to Thailand under the Special Tourist Visa (STV) scheme will proceed as planned, though it might be delayed due to paperwork procedures.

TAT governor Yutthasak Supasorn said that despite the delay, the first group of tourists from China will arrive in Phuket under the STV scheme within this month.

Previously, Phuket had prepared to receive its first group of tourists from China who were expected to arrive next week under the STV scheme aimed at supporting Thailand’s economic recovery.

In the initial stage of reopening, the first flight, scheduled to land on Oct 8, is expected to carry 120 tourists from Guangzhou.

However, Pilot Officer Thani Chuangchoo, director of Phuket international airport, said a check with the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has found no confirmation of chartered flights from China.

“As far as I know, just as in the news, the flights will be chartered flights with a limited number of passengers, and they must follow the measures as considered by the Thai government and Ministry of Foreign Affairs from their point of origin,” he said.

According to the airport’s flight schedule from Oct 26 onwards, international inbound and outbound commercial flights have not yet been approved, Plt Off Thani said, adding that the airport has yet to take any action and is waiting for orders from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Read the full article aT Bangkok Post: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1995027/tat-confirms-special-tourist-visa-scheme

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