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Chinese tourist arrived Thailand with Special Visa
Oct 27, Bangkok - A second group of 147 Chinese tourists holding Special Tourist Visa (STV) arrived in Bangkok on Monday with China Southern airlines from Guangzhou, becoming the second batch of Chinese tourists after 39 Chinese travelled to the country on October 20.
The tourists are undergoing a 14-day quarantine at designated hotels and will install tracking apps on their smartphones, according to local government requirement. None of the Chinese have tested positive for COVID-19 and none had a fever.
Most of the arriving Chinese came to visit families or carry out business activities not as sightseers, the Global Times reporter learned.
A woman surnamed Duan from North China's Hebei Province said that she and her child came to visit her husband who is working in Bangkok. "We haven't been together since he returned to work in Bangkok in January," Duan told the Global Times.
She added the application process for the STV is complicated and the flights and hotels are expensive. "But at least I can reunite with my family," Duan said.
Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday suggested Chinese people try to avoid cross-border travels amid the pandemic. This followed Wednesday's announcement by the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism that China will continue the suspension of travel agencies' cross-border group tour services.
Thailand's STV allows tourists from low-risk countries to enter the country and stay for up to 270 days. Thai authorities said China is one of the key countries that STV targets.
China was the largest source of tourists for Thailand before the pandemic. About 11 million Chinese visited Thailand in 2019, contributing about $17 billion in revenue, according to official data.
Source: Global times, People's Daily, Bangkok Post