Additional airports outside Bangkok ready to welcome medical tourists

5 Oct 2020

"At least, 1,123 foreigners are quarantined in specially prepared medical facilities." 

The Department of Health Service Support Committee, which is working to draw foreign medical tourists at this period and grow Thailand into a foreign medical center, has granted tentative approval for the opening of four additional airports outside Bangkok for medical tourists to enter. 

Tares Krassanairawiwong, director-general of the Department of Health Service Help, has stated that U-Tapao (serving Pattaya and Rayong), Koh Samui, Chiang Mai and Phuket are the airports being considered. After April this year, the international portions of the airports have been disabled. 

Since the beginning of August, Suvarnabhumi (BKK) and Don Mueang (DMK) airports have been open for the entry of overseas medical tourists and have been authorised. 

Now, the committee is waiting for approval from the Centre for Covid-19 Condition Administration in the region. After its reopening for licensed medical tourism, thousands of medical tourists have arrived in Thailand, and there are currently 1,123 foreigners in specially prepared hospital quarantine facilities. 652 are patients and 471 are spouses or authorized travel companions to their spouses. National Thailand estimates that since the CCSA given clearance for the entry of foreign medical tourists, these special medical tourist arrivals have taken in 114 million baht in revenue. 

The wellness or spa quarantine definition has also recently been accepted by a CCSA sub-committee, and rules are now being prepared to enable a new group of visitors.