Thailand is striving to reopen the borders in the coming weeks after a long pandemic-related closure. For the time being, however, this only applies to long-term vacationers who are staying in the country for at least three months. In addition, a 14-day quarantine is required after arrival. However, this can be a luxury isolation.
Thailand opens its borders to tourists
The corona pandemic hit the holiday destination Thailand, which is popular with tourists, relatively weakly. The country has reported relatively low numbers of infections since the outbreak of the pandemic. Nevertheless, all tourism was stopped in March and the borders – as in many other countries – closed to holidaymakers.
This regulation is to be lifted again in the next few weeks, at least for those who want to stay in the country for a period of several months. To make this possible, long-term tourists have to go into a 14-day quarantine after entry.
This mandatory quarantine, however, is not just any ordinary quarantine in which the tourist is transported to a lonely chamber. Rather, the hotels have focused on making the insulation as comfortable as possible.
Isolation in paradise
After the country had not allowed tourism for the past six months, the hotels are now making the best possible use of the upcoming border openings. They attract long-term vacationers with luxury quarantines and all-round carefree packages during the two-week isolation.
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Private pools, room service with culinary specialties and private health checks await the future (and wealthy) tourists during the quarantine in Thailand. The otherwise strict corona measures in the country are presented to the holidaymakers in an attractive way.
In the popular resort of Phuket, for example, the hotel ?? The Senses Resort ?? a total of 16 villas for the quarantine in order to implement the planned measures in the best possible way.
Each villa covers around 220 square meters, which have been adapted to the circumstances of the pandemic. For example, upholstered furniture has largely been exchanged for more easy-care furniture. In addition, the staff was specially trained in the symptoms and how to deal with potential infections so that the room service can also be implemented in the best possible way.
In addition, CCTV cameras monitor the entrance area of each villa in order to be able to restrict the group of people as best as possible after a possible virus outbreak.
Thailand’s economy depends on tourism
The Thai government has allowed a total of nine luxury hotels in Phuket to offer this special type of quarantine for tourists. As soon as a tourist has served the luxury quarantine, he can freely travel the country for a minimum of three and a maximum of nine months. For this, however, a special visa must first be applied for, which was brought into being due to the pandemic.
If the hygiene concept works in Phuket, the government is willing to implement this model throughout the country. The border openings are an important step for hoteliers and the economy in Thailand’s holiday regions, because before the Corona crisis, tourism was responsible for 93 percent of total income in Phuket, according to the Bangkok Post.
The country’s tourism sector hopes to be able to stimulate the economy again through this.
However, quarantine in luxury has its price, as a family of four can expect costs of $ 5,300 to $ 18,700 for a 14-day hotel stay. Suppachoke Laongphet, hotel owner in Phuket, assured the Bangkok Post, “We won’t make much profit from these special guests because of the high costs.” Henry Ely / finanzen.net editors