Chinese tourists on the way

Chinese tourists on the way

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has hinted that a group of Chinese tourists might travel on the same special flight arranged to repatriate Thai people to Thailand on Oct 26.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand sent a list of the first group of STV (special tourist visa) Chinese tourists to the Thai consulate in Guangzhou on Oct 5. Foreign Affairs Ministry deputy spokesman Natapanu Nopakun, however, said no Chinese tourists had been to the consulate to apply for an STV.

But repatriation flights to bring Thais in China back to the kingdom might be used to transport STV Chinese tourists to Thailand, he said. The ministry would discuss the matter with China. Mr Natapanu confirmed the ministry's repatriation of Thais and foreigners complies with the Emergency Decree and public health measures.

Since late September, the ministry has allowed five groups of foreigners to gain entry to Thailand, comprising long-stay tourists, travellers with Apec cards, business travellers, long and short-stay visitors, and tourists with an STV.

The ministry has issued a certificate of entry to more than 22,000 foreign visitors on humanitarian and business grounds since Thailand restricted international travel, he said.

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