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actually i have been living and working in Thailand for 10 years. I am a teacher ,I have family , that means my lifestyle is as the same as thai's totally even i pay 2500 Baht for my rental home ,monthly in rural area, after short period in Turkey , i try to return Thailand but MFA listed ASQhotels with awful prices compared to my life expenses in Thailand (my monthly rent = daily ASQ hotel)

 

so , Is there anybody knowing cheaper ASQ options that MFA listed. Because if it is compulsory , i don't expect any luxury options , i can stay anywhere for 14 days 

 

meanwhile, how can thai returnees pay these amounts for ASQ , are they exempted from ASQ or are ASQ hotels for thais different than farang

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Thais can choose between free quarantine in state facilities or ASQ. Foreigners have only the ASQ option.

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2 hours ago, Pravda said:

Paying for quarantine would be the least of your problems if you want to get back to Thailand.

least or largest ? because after i return Thailand , my job is ready , i will start to teach in a new public school and the term has already started , they are waiting for me to start ASAP , i would continue my life at the point i left in Thailand if there was no ASQ   

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Thailand is focusing on allowing "essential workers" back in, those persons will usually have a higher salary and in many cases the company will pay for it, so the prices are not a big deal.

I guess teachers on 30k salary aren't considered as essential, so there are no hotels for their budget

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OP, you mention family. I'm guessing Thai wife. The good news is that foreigners married to Thai are on the list to make application to enter Thailand.

The 14 day quarantine is the least of your problems. (cost start ~40k). 

The list of requirements is extensive and not straight forwarded. 

Threads running about all the requirements with good advice how to return to Thailand.

This guy has posted lot of good info on your situation. Check out his post/threads for advice

@richard_smith237

 

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The Thai "authorities" have no concern you deem their requirements as cost prohibitive.  They are very politely telling you to stay where you are.

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Prices range from 28,000 to 144,000 they include 3 meals per day + 2 COVID tests, the 28,000, considering the nurse attending and the rest is hardly excessive. If you can’t afford that then you should get a better job.

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7 hours ago, jimmya123 said:

least or largest ?

The largest problem at the moment is the actual approval.

Some of us have been waiting for 3 weeks by now after the date of submitting the application.

I'm aware of just one approval notification so far (still unconfirmed) on the basis of joining the family.

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So, I di some looking into these ASQ's and have decided that I really need to buy a hotel and get on this list!! Couple of factors (and I didn't check EVERY hotel on the list, just the first 6 for figures, the rest I scanned through to look at the prices.)

that they all seem to have in common is:

Transfer from the airport to the hotel. (In the case of one the transfer is to its affiliated hospital for 24 hours then to the hotel.)

Between 2 and 4 Covid tests over the 14 day period.

As for other things offered, well maid service every 2 or 3 days as opposed to the usual daily maid service. Discounts for room service and laundry. One location offers use of the gym facilities. MOST have an on call nurse 24 hours a day.

Now, a couple of the hotels are still accepting bookings by tourists (obviously domestic) on Trip.com and Booking.com so they are not exclusively for quarantine, which is a little disconcerting. On the whole, however, the additional factors being put in place as part of the Covid quarantine are pretty standard across the range. What you pay, on the other hand, for those extra factors is not. It ranges from the lowest at 16,200 baht up to 39,840 baht. And the standard of hotel doesn't seem to play much of a part in the pricing for the Covid care with 3 and 4 star hotels charging the same, if not more than the more expensive hotels. So yeah, being a hotel owner on the ASQ list looks pretty lucrative right now. 

One thing I should add is that the prices they quote for the ASQ are, in the main, for 1 person, so if both you and your partner are returning you can pretty much double the profit margin as most of the places are priced for single occupancy.

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57 minutes ago, flinc2020 said:

So, I di some looking into these ASQ's and have decided that I really need to buy a hotel and get on this list!!

I just had a look at Movenpick, about 60k for the 14 day package.

They cooperate with Bangkok Hospital, a Covid test costs 5900THB with them, two are included.

This leaves the hotel with about 48k, or about 3400THB per day, which is about the rate which they charged in normal times for a room.

But it doesn't take into account the extra costs for food, transport, nurse, and probably the biggest chunk the backhander to be on this list.

I think in normal times they make more money per night than with the ASQ now.

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6 minutes ago, jackdd said:

They cooperate with Bangkok Hospital, a Covid test costs 5900THB with them, two are included.

Is that really what they charge for a test?

No way hotels are paying those prices.

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3 hours ago, unheard said:

The largest problem at the moment is the actual approval.

Some of us have been waiting for 3 weeks by now after the date of submitting the application.

I'm aware of just one approval notification so far (still unconfirmed) on the basis of joining the family.

Agreed been waiting almost 4 weeks now . Called embassy the other day to notify its been more than their "15 business days" they told me only 1 person got approved for the COE and he applied weeks before I did they told me to check my email diligently... 

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10 hours ago, jackdd said:

Thailand is focusing on allowing "essential workers" back in, those persons will usually have a higher salary and in many cases the company will pay for it, so the prices are not a big deal.

I guess teachers on 30k salary aren't considered as essential, so there are no hotels for their budget

How have you come up with this rubbish?

 

WP holders are allowed back in - check the CAAT site - there is nothing mentioned about salary

 

From the CAAT site

 

(8) Non-Thai nationals who have work permit or have been granted permission from government agencies to work in the Kingdom,

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