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Thailand welcomes first rich-list tourists to luxury quarantine

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(stuff.co.nz) - Fifty-nine wealthy foreign tourists have arrived at a luxury Thai hotel for "villa quarantine".

The tourists are from the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Finland. They had converged in Indonesia before proceeding on chartered flights to Phuket.

All of them are staying at the Sri Panwa Hotel in villa quarantine. For the first five days of their 14-day quarantine, the visitors will be required to stay in their rooms. After that, they can make use of the facilities within the grounds of the hotel, deputy governor Pichet Panapong explained.

Their arrival marks the debut of Thailand's villa quarantine scheme.

Upon arriving at Phuket airport, the tourists completed immigration and customs procedures before they were taken to the X-Terminal building inside the airport complex for Covid-19 screening. Afterwards, they were taken to the hotel, Pichet said.

Meanwhile, Apisamai Srirangson, assistant spokeswoman at the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said the first group of 41 tourists from South Korea have gone into “golf quarantine”.

They are staying at Artitaya Golf & Resort, and under golf quarantine tourists must stay at approved golf resorts for 14 days, during which they can play golf and engage in other outdoor activities under strict disease control measures.

After completing their 14-day quarantine at the golf resort in Nakhon Nayok, the South Korean tourists will fly to Chiang Mai to play golf there.

They are expected to spend about 13 million baht (NZ$587,879) during their two-month stay in Thailand.

- Bangkok Post


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