Spas could be used for quarantine
A proposal is being studied to turn traditional Thai massage and spa venues into quarantine facilities, the Department of Health Service Support says.
The move, being looked at by an ad hoc sub-committee under the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), will be forwarded to the CSSA's main committee for approval in two weeks, said Dr Thares Krasnairawiwong, director-general of the department.
If the proposal gets the green light, a pilot project will be launched in Krabi, he said.
He said the CCSA has agreed in principle to the proposal, which was made after the government unveiled a plan for a Special Tourist Visa (STV) to be issued to foreign tourists intending to stay in Thailand for at least a month.
Holders of this specific tourist visa are required to give their consent to undergo a 14-day Covid-19 quarantine at specially certified hotels, during which time they will be tested at least twice for Covid-19 before being allowed to travel freely within the country.
Dr Thares said users of the wellness quarantine venues must pass a Covid-19 check within 72 hours of arriving and pay for the full cost of quarantine plus have a health insurance policy from their country of origin.