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wasn't this addressed yesterday?/  Unless there is a cynical twist 24hrs later......

 

Deputy government spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul said on Tuesday (September 15) that the Cabinet has agreed to allow foreigners to live in Thailand for up to nine months per trip, provided they can prove they have spent 14 days in quarantine.

The first visit will allow 90 days of stay, which can then be extended twice totalling nine months.

This measure will start from next month, and up to 1,200 tourists per month will be granted this extended visa.      

 

Source: Thaivisa.com news The Nation.

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

There are 24 hotels ready to accept foreign tourists and if his plans are passed at the end of this month he thinks that foreign tourism could resume mid-November under the plan. 

about as much chance as Louis Armstrong  being a founding member of the sex pistols

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Easier to get pigs flying over the moon than to get a viable plan for Western tourists to want to go through the hurdles to visit Thailand. Dream on Thailand in 1980 was a dream holiday place open 24 hours a day. Now in tourist resorts half the shops, bars and restaurants are closed some probably forever. 

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4 hours ago, Tropicalevo said:

I can just see Bangkok Airways allowing that one. Not.

Samui already has non-Bangkok Airways Flights coming in.  All that Bangkok Airways does is charge them a fee for landing at their Airport.  Not a big problem.

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24 minutes ago, robertson468 said:

Samui already has non-Bangkok Airways Flights coming in.  All that Bangkok Airways does is charge them a fee for landing at their Airport.  Not a big problem.

And it’s not a cheap fee which is why Thai airways stopped their flights there .

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

Samui Bubble" latest plan to rescue foreign tourism on devastated holiday island

Normal run of the mill Tourist ain't going to go in 14 day self pay Quarantine and getting Ripped of for an Stupid Extra Covid Insurance what Should be Covered in a Proper Travel Insurance and Jump through all the Hoops that come with the Drama.

The only People that Will come to Los are the Well connected Hi So Rich and Well of Business People/Traveling for the Job

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The Inane nonsense continues. The administration ministers are simply not smart enough, nor humble enough to realize that Thailand and it's people need foreigners infinitely more than foreigners need them. Thailand will soon be a tourism footnote, at this rate. And the trillions of baht spent on hotels and other tourist related facilities will become a historically huge investment failure. 

 

Note to the Thai army. Your people are counting on you, and you are letting them down. Do something. Do anything. Do not continue doing nothing. Your people are starving for tourism income. 

 

Lethargy and extreme incompetence can be very ugly qualities.

 

These images were taken in Chaweng on Samui, this week. Utter devastation. And the baht billionaires continue to diddle daddle and propose this and that. Such ugly indifference. Such a sad failure. 

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10 hours ago, webfact said:

...he thinks that foreign tourism could resume mid-November under the plan.

Mid-November is monsoon high season and tourist extremely low season. In older times the resorts on Samui closed from November 1st till just before Christmas, not because the weather changed by Christmas, but because visitors came to celebrate Christmas and New Year.

 

There might be great weather in November-December, and there might be two weeks – and some years even more the two weeks – of very stormy weather from the north-eastern monsoon. The problem is that we don't know in advance which weeks will be good, and which weeks will be awful.

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31 minutes ago, dirtybirty said:

Direct international flights from Europe ect don't think so. Some how.  But i bet Bangkok airways rubbing their greedy little hands together 

The runway of Samui Airport (USM) is 2100 meters long.

 

A long range airplane, like B777 would need from 2,440 meter to 3,380 meter take off run at sea-level with MTOW (Max Take Off Weight). A B787 from 2,600 meter and an Airbus 330 needs 2,770 meter.

 

I can imagine that the length of the runway – and perhaps also weight – would limit a number of long-range destinations for direct charter flights.

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8 hours ago, spidermike007 said:

Your people are starving for tourism income. 

There are not enough foreigners going to go to Thailand to make any difference. They could open the borders without restrictions and tourists are just not going to arrive to welcome anyway. It's not just quarantine in LOS, it's also quarantine on return home.

 

If they really want foreigners, issue a one year visa, renewable for ever, without the idiocy that is in force at present, at a reasonable cost like Cambodia and other SEA countries do. I have zero confidence they would do that, no matter how bad things are.

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1 hour ago, thaibeachlovers said:

There are not enough foreigners going to go to Thailand to make any difference. They could open the borders without restrictions and tourists are just not going to arrive to welcome anyway. It's not just quarantine in LOS, it's also quarantine on return home.

 

If they really want foreigners, issue a one year visa, renewable for ever, without the idiocy that is in force at present, at a reasonable cost like Cambodia and other SEA countries do. I have zero confidence they would do that, no matter how bad things are.

They should not only issue free one year visas, they should pay for half of quarantine costs. If they were serious. 

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19 hours ago, ronaldo0 said:

And it’s not a cheap fee which is why Thai airways stopped their flights there .

Sea planes - there should be sea plane flights to Koh Samui from Bangkok/Samut Prakan. Not entirely relevant to this thread, but a fun way to bypass the airport issue. Also: "Samui, the Maldives of the Bay of Siam"🙂

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1 hour ago, androokery said:

Sea planes - there should be sea plane flights to Koh Samui from Bangkok/Samut Prakan. Not entirely relevant to this thread, but a fun way to bypass the airport issue. Also: "Samui, the Maldives of the Bay of Siam"🙂

I have also been seriously considering the possibility.

 

I don't think people would fly slow small Twin Otter planes from Bangkok today – that's how the air traffic to Samui originally started – but from Nakhon Si Thammarat or Surat Thani, to Phangan and even Tao, could be a possibility. The shorter range could also increase the passenger payload to it's maximum; i.e. up to 19 passengers. The runway need is only 400 meters, which might be of more interest than sea plane to for example Phangan.

 

However, it's quite costly per seat to fly with these planes compared to modern jets. Perhaps people that could afford to use them, would prefer a Bangkok Airways flight to Samui, and instead more comfortably commute the 10-11 kilometers sea-ride by boat...🤔

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1 hour ago, khunPer said:
3 hours ago, androokery said:

Sea planes - there should be sea plane flights to Koh Samui from Bangkok/Samut Prakan. Not entirely relevant to this thread, but a fun way to bypass the airport issue. Also: "Samui, the Maldives of the Bay of Siam"🙂

I have also been seriously considering the possibility.

Ahh the good old days of visa trips to the Andaman Club in Burma with Alan Sadd and his sea plane.

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On 9/17/2020 at 7:49 AM, spidermike007 said:

They should not only issue free one year visas, they should pay for half of quarantine costs. If they were serious. 

not going to happen - even if quarantine is 100% free "real" tourists are not going to arrive in any numbers if they face time in quarantine hotels.

 

i base this on what has recently happened in europe - even faced with quarantine at their own homes on return it was a no-no, the tap immediately ran dry. maybe the chinese are more tolerant, i don't know, but westerners? forget about it.

 

and take quarantine away? well we can now see how that pans out: france, spain, uk, italy, germany

 

second wave.

 

there will be no saviour for the foreseeable future - best case would be a full return of expats and retirees, otherwise known as low season.

 

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