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Tourism organisations bullish on return of "Test and Go"; THA predict 300,000 foreign tourists in February


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Looking around social media its entry rules have gone down like a lead baloon not seeing 1 positive comment, especially now everyone knows about 10 day forced hotel/hospital isolation if testing positive and if they deem you as imunocompromised/aged its hospital.

 

A clear "we dont want tourists message".

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with mandatory masks, forced testing for street access, restaurants, and even islands, and nightlife completely banned?

 

good luck

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49 minutes ago, Metapod said:

with mandatory masks, forced testing for street access, restaurants, and even islands, and nightlife completely banned?

 

good luck

Masks are only an issue for westerners. Other Asians think nothing of wearing a mask. “Forced” testing is a worldwide thing and people are well used to it by now. Nightlife, yes you’re right, people on holiday want nightlife.

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9 hours ago, Pmbkk said:

 

What are you trying to say in English - non text speak please...

This is not text speak, it is simply poor English writing, however, he makes a good point, even without the use of apostrophes.

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15 hours ago, ezzra said:

Indeed, the less hassles and cumbersome procedures one has to go trough just to come for a holiday, the more tourists will come, simple commonsense really...

Yes, i agree. But finding common sense in Thailand isnt very common ?

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I will look forward to seeing what the real numbers amount to after the end of February. Me thinks they are being a tad optimistic. Maybe they should look at all the hoops tourists have to jump through, all the added costs, and all of the extra hassle just to get there along with the risk of being sent to hospital/hospitel to be paid out of pocket if tested positive. If they did, maybe they would understand why we cancelled our plans and decided not to come again this winter. Probably not though.

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14 hours ago, Shocked farang said:

Test and go is still too much hassle for many people, like me. The sweet spot for tourists to come back to Thailand is:

1) Only fully vaccinated people are allowed. 

2) You take a PCR at least 72 hours before arrival. 

3) You get your normal Visa and are free to go anywhere you want in Thailand. 

That's it! Just stop asking for things that will make people's lives miserable. 

Nobody wants to travel to destinations that gives them hassles. 

When Test and Go was first introduced, it looked attractive to many who had been sitting out in the wings, desperate to get back to Thailand... at that time, an expensive sandbox stay in Phuket was the alternative. There were also many Europeans who were used to spending the Xmas and New Year season in Thailand.... wanting to do it again. Now, a quick test, and off you go anywhere, a few hours later... looks good. Then reality sank in, see the big picture, people were arriving and testing positive.....do you really expect Thailand to let those people in to roam!

 

It is not up to you or I what requirements Thailand makes on people arriving from other countries, particularly from what appears to be highly infected ones. The requirements are laid down.....

Hopefully we enter the end-game now....

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5 hours ago, it is what it is said:

tbh wherever you are in the world you can say that...

Sure you can say that. But for you and the : "it happens everywhere" crowd the point ya all are missing is the greater frequency, the mass quantaties here.

 

 

 

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i am working in Singapore at the moment and overdue for a paid trip back to Thailand as part of my contract. I will wait a bit longer thanks. Coming back to Singapore there is a PCR test before flying into Singapore and on arrival and multiple ATK (ART) tests of which 2 are supervised. Also covid insurance for USD30,000. So I can sort of see where the inspiration for the Thai scheme comes from, just have to gouge a couple of extra days of expensive approved hotel and overdo the insurance etc, the Thai way. Oh and the bars are open in Singapore, only to 10:30pm, but that is ok, almost back to normal, Thailand used to have bars that opened, from memory.

 

Cheers

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15 hours ago, Fairynuff said:

Masks are only an issue for westerners. Other Asians think nothing of wearing a mask.

The "Asian" I'm married to hates them.

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15 hours ago, Fairynuff said:

“Forced” testing is a worldwide thing and people are well used to it by now.

Testing is 'worldwide.'  Forced incarceration into a Covid Prison is not.  Most testing positive worldwide are required to isolate but are not forced by police to isolate in a high-priced Covid hospital or quarantine facilities.  That seems to be relatively unique to Thailand as it's a money maker for certain connected industries.
For whatever reason, this fact seems to go right over people's heads until they pop positive on a PCR and are escorted to their prison for 10 days and handed an inflated bill on the way out the door. 
"We didn't know!!!" 
Well, people should have done their due diligence before booking the vacation.

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1 hour ago, connda said:

The "Asian" I'm married to hates them.

I didn’t say they like wearing them. But they don’t  whinge about them and bang on about civil rights, they just wear them. Of course there’ll be exceptions, perhaps you’re married to one.

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2 hours ago, connda said:


For whatever reason, this fact seems to go right over people's heads until they pop positive on a PCR and are escorted to their prison for 10 days and handed an inflated bill on the way out the door. 
"We didn't know!!!" 
Well, people should have done their due diligence before booking the vacation.

Why isn't it written out clearly on the thailandpass website?  Wouldn't it help if tourists knew the potential risks before applying for entry?  Is there any kind of disclaimer on the TAT website?

 

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1 hour ago, Fairynuff said:

I didn’t say they like wearing them. But they don’t  whinge about them and bang on about civil rights, they just wear them. Of course there’ll be exceptions, perhaps you’re married to one.

They don't whinge about them because they are sheeple.

 

Albert Z, ( not Zorro )

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On 1/22/2022 at 10:34 AM, webfact said:

While a meeting at the Economic Situation Management Center sang the praises of the "Thailand Riviera" - centered around Hua Hin and Cha-Am - as a world class area for health and wellness tourism.

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What sense does it make to keep the Sandbox program in Phuket ect?

 

Now that test and go started for all countries also with 2 PCT Tests in Thailand, same as the Sandbox, but only with 2 needed hotel bookings, why should someone want to book 7 days in the Phuket sandbox instead of only 2 days with Test and Go in Phuket?

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Easiest thing to get tourists back: kick out the clowns wearing tinsel and pretending to be elected.

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