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Phuket Prepared to host international visitors

27 Sep 2020

In Phuket, the southern resort district, the authorities adopt the 5T COVID-19 screening model, have already set up a COVID-19 research laboratory at the airport, and are now ready to accept international visitors.

Dr. Thanit Sermkaew, Phuket's health officer, said the 5T Model consisted of Targeting, Testing, Tracing, Treating, and Trusting.

Targeting includes visitor focus groups. The testing applies to the 2019 coronavirus disease examinations, including entry assessments right at Phuket airport.

Tracing stands for device tools for monitoring visitor movements. Treating indicates that medical care and services are ready, and Reliable portrays relations that establish trust between all entities and foreigners.

A COVID-19 laboratory container module was mounted at Terminal X of Phuket Airport by the Office of Disease Prevention and Control 11 in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province on Sept 24. The device will be checked on Sept 28, and the facility is expected to begin operations on Sept 30. The facility can examine 96 individuals at a time, and in six hours, the test results would be identified. Dr. Thanit said that its capability to accommodate visitor's arrivals should be sufficient.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday will approve a Special Tourist Visa (STV) to draw foreign tourists.

1,200 STV travelers are expected to enter Thailand each month after the country reopens, bringing in more than 1.03 billion baht each month. In one year, the number of STV Travellers will likely reach 14,400 people, generating tourism revenue of about 12.4 billion baht, the deputy government spokeswoman said.

Foreign travelers with STV visa must still be quarantined for 14 days, she said. The tourism and sports minister's idea to reduce the quarantine period for foreign tourists to seven days has not been considered yet.

She added that every flight carrying them must receive permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or CCSA operation centers. The number of STV travelers is expected to reach 14,400 people in one year.

Source Pattaya Mail