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The following is my account of the arrival process and the ASQ hotel.   Previously: CoE applied for (as per the other threads on this topic).  Notification came in from the Thai Embassy

They’re very strict - I’ve been in the ASQ for 3 days - I haven’t even seen anyone since arrival !!! That said, they didn’t check my baggage, so I could have brought in a bottle of whisky if I wa

I want to place your comments in a genuine perspective of someone who has gone through the process and is currently in ASQ, while avoiding resorting to the emotive wording of someone who hasn’t but ha

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Yesterday the result for my 2nd covid test came back negative. So for the first time I was allowed to leave the room and enjoy the outdoor area "The Grand Park" 

Nothing spectacular but good to get some fresh air. A few other guests where out and also playing Tennis. 

 

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ASQ guests can use the Gym by booking it in advance. 

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On 10/13/2020 at 2:35 AM, Lammbock said:

Yesterday the result for my 2nd covid test came back negative. So for the first time I was allowed to leave the room and enjoy the outdoor area "The Grand Park" 

Nothing spectacular but good to get some fresh air. A few other guests where out and also playing Tennis. 

 

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ASQ guests can use the Gym by booking it in advance. 

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Wouldn't risk touching any of that gym. 

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53 minutes ago, at15 said:

How are the swab tests done? Do  they knock and do it at the door or can you schedule when you want to do it? I will be working on the computer, dont want to be disturbed unannounced.

I was informed the day before what time they'd be done. At the hotel i was at they have a couple of desks set up in the car park where the nurses took the test, one throat and 2 nose swabs = 1 test.

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On 7/23/2020 at 10:11 AM, Destined said:

Useful info for people thinking of going but my word... £2500 for a flight to Thailand. I'll wait until it blows over and things are back to normal.😆

And round 5,000Baht for an extra covid 19 test - pure rip off.

 

In Australia all Covid tests are free at the many announced test points, clinics, hospitals etc. And it's been mentioned that the overall actual cost to the gov't (staff to take the swab, the actual swab and processing costs, the administration/sending an e.mail are around AUD10- total = approx. 220Baht.

 

5,000Baht in Thailand pure rip off.   

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3 minutes ago, scorecard said:

And round 5,000Baht for an extra covid 19 test - pure rip off.

 

In Australia all Covid tests are free at the many announced test points, clinics, hospitals etc. And it's been mentioned that the overall actual cost to the gov't (staff to take the swab, the actual swab and processing costs, the administration/sending an e.mail are around AUD10- total = approx. 220Baht.

 

5,000Baht in Thailand pure rip off.   

Flights to thailand are not £2500 from uk.

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Thanks to all that have posted here.  My wife and I are looking to travel to Thailand as soon as possible after May 1st, 2021 from the United States.

 

Has anyone here seen any couples staying at the ASQ hotels?  Double occupancy is higher and I see that they allow married couples together but was wondering if anyone has info about it first hand.

 

Thanks,  excited to get back to Thailand.  

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On 7/23/2020 at 10:30 PM, SVC Porter said:

Anyone got any idea of the ASQ hotels in Pattaya......is there a list?

 Here https://thaiest.com/blog/thailand-alternative-local-state-quarantine-alsq-hotels#chonburi

 

Scroll down a tiny bit and you can see a link for ALQ in Pattaya/Chonburi.

 

I have booked Best Bella. Booked on their website, but to get an ALQ package to show up you have to put length of stay as 15 nights!

 

They only accept full payment up front by either bank transfer or Paypal. 

 

39,000 baht + 2,000 baht for transfer from Bangkok airport to hotel.

 

 

 

 

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On 7/22/2020 at 12:28 PM, jasonr3255 said:

Just thought I would add some info to this topic, my wife’s friend who is a Thai national has just returned from the UK and arrived in Thailand on the 20th July and has been placed under state quarantine in a hotel in Pattaya. She has been on the phone to her in tears at the treatment she has been put under from arrival in BKK to the transportation to state quarantine.

  She explained to her that she has been locked in her room with poor A/C and is not allowed to open the window for ventilation despite having a few other medical issues.
     Contact is only at meal times and basic request are all but denied. While this might be an isolated case it is worth bearing in mind that those “spouses” of a Thai nationals or even a Thai nationals as in this case, that are thinking of returning to Thailand and are currently suffering any other underlying medical conditions may reconsider as two weeks locked inside a room with possibly poor ventilation might be a very unpleasant experience.

An Australian friend returned to Sydney earlier this year, he and others were taken by coach escorted by police to a hotel.

He was not allowed to leave the room or open the window.

 Meals were left outside the door.

He didn’t however mention any problems with the a/c

He was fortunate as it was before the $3000.00 charge was introduced.

It is called quarantine.

 

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On 7/24/2020 at 1:30 AM, SVC Porter said:

Anyone got any idea of the ASQ hotels in Pattaya......is there a list?

 

On 7/24/2020 at 1:43 AM, unheard said:

 

Are they taking the proverbial or what?

 

Bearing in mind the purpose of, and restrictions for, all ASQ's - many seem to think you can be persuaded by such selling points as :- 

 

"just steps away from the beach in Pattaya North'''.

 

 "this hotel is a 9-minute walk from the bars and restaurants on Walking Street".

 

"a short walk from Pattaya Beach"

 

"15-minute walk from the popular Pattaya Beach on the Gulf of Thailand".

 

"15-minute walk from Central Festival Pattaya Beach and a 10-minute drive from the nightlife on Walking Street". 

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My wife had no complaints about her State Quarantine hotel in Pattaya other than the transport home that was included in the price.  She boarded the bus at 7am thinking that 4 or 5 hours later she would arrive in Korat.  The driver announced that he was having to go to Bangkok to pick up some more passengers - then in Bangkok his company kept phoning him adding more hotels to his list.  My wife finally arrived in Korat around 4pm - a 9 hour journey!

 

Similarily, her friend arrived back from the US and the same thing happened but this time it took over 12 hours to get to Korat. Also, these drivers are instructed not to stop anywhere other than their designated drop off points.  My wife's friend was driven 20km past the road to her home, the driver refused to let her get off there - she had to get a bus back.  Minor matters but craziness all the same.

 

It would seem better to arrange your own transport home rather than saving a couple of hundred baht by using any free transport offered.

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I'm only on my second day of quarantine. Rather than tell my full story, the only advice I'd give is to make sure you get a room with a sizeable balcony - I booked one which overlooks the sea. Being able to sit out in the sun and fresh air and catch up on my reading and bits of work is making my two weeks' imprisonment much more bearable than if I was stuck in a hermetically-sealed room in some Bangkok hotel

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1 hour ago, davidcraig said:

I'm only on my second day of quarantine. Rather than tell my full story, the only advice I'd give is to make sure you get a room with a sizeable balcony - I booked one which overlooks the sea. Being able to sit out in the sun and fresh air and catch up on my reading and bits of work is making my two weeks' imprisonment much more bearable than if I was stuck in a hermetically-sealed room in some Bangkok hotel

 

Which hotel? Sea view with a balcony sounds ideal!

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Cheers for the replies chums but......I gave in and decided wild horses wouldn't get me near Thailand for the moment.

This has been a royal <deleted> up for me.  The cost of getting out and sorting out Quarantine was just so much that it wasn't worth the effort. That coupled with the fact that I wouldn't easily be able to hop around SE Asia at will kind of put me off.

Additionally the job I was heading to out there to teach became a complete headache when trying to sort out Visas, COE etc as no one seemed to have the first logical clue as to how it should proceed.

 

I'm now still here in wet and dull Ireland out of work for a year lol.  One of the conditions of me taking a career break from Teaching here is that I am not permitted to even supply teach in this jurisdiction for the year. No exceptions.

 

I doubt I'll even head out to Thailand when restrictions are lifted.....Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam yes for sure but this past year has taken the shine of the LOS for me.

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