BANGKOK, October 21 (TNA) – The first group of foreign tourists has arrived in Thailand under a special program aimed at reviving the tourism industry.
Forty one Chinese tourists from Shanghai have become the first foreign visitors to return to Suvarnabhumi Airport since the lockdown in March.
Arriving in a special Spring Airlines flight Tuesday evening, they are holders of Special Tourist Visa (STV) which is designed to restart the country’s pandemic-battered tourism industry, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
STV is issued to tourists who agree to enter 14-day mandatory quarantine in Bangkok. They are required to download a tracking app on their smartphones during they stay in the kingdom for up to 90 days.
According to TAT, another group of 147 Chinese visitors are due to arrive from Guangzhou on October 26.
Meanwhile, Thai Airways International (THAI) announced it will fly 120 Chinese visitors with STVs from Shanghai to Thailand on October 28. The national flag carrier has said it is ready to operate special flights to accommodate the program. (TNA)