Tourists will arrive on more than 10 luxury yachts as the government continues to ease disease-control measures for visitors arriving by sea.
Deputy Immigration Bureau chief Pol. Maj. Gen. Achayon Kraithong said Thursday that operators of the yachts contacted the bureau to request permission for visits. They are mostly from Singapore and Malaysia.
The requests were filed as the government has been granting Special Tourist Visas to tourists on cruise ships and yachts since Nov. 1, he said.
According to the deputy commissioner, officials are checking relevant documents including long-term accommodation reservations of the tourists. With entry permission, the ships will dock in Phuket and Pattaya.
Visitors on ships from countries with low risks of the novel coronavirus can also contact Thai embassies and consulates in the respective countries to seek permission for their visits to Thailand. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will then issue certificates of entry for the visitors to present to the Immigration Bureau.
Achayon also said that 268 foreign tourists arrived by air in three groups on Oct. 20, 26 and 28. They passed health examinations and quarantine and were allowed to tour in Thailand.
Immigration police are monitoring their movements and they will have to show their health certificates when they seek their visa extension after staying in the country for 90 days, he said.