Passengers from cruise ships, yachts allowed to disembark in Thailand


  • Thailand
  • Thursday, 12 Nov 2020

BANGKOK, Nov 12 (Xinhua): Thailand's Immigration Bureau has released a report announcing that it will allow passengers from cruise ships and yachts to disembark on Thai soil, however, passengers will have to go through similar stringent screening procedure like air passengers.

The Immigration Bureau had since November 1 granted 10 yacht operators to allow their passengers to disembark and enter Thai soil, said the bureau.

For now, the passengers were mostly from Singapore and Malaysia, said deputy commissioner of the Immigration Bureau Pol. Maj. Gen. Archayon Kraithong.

"Like any air passengers, cruise passengers are allowed to enter Thailand under the Special Tourist Visa (STV) arrangement," said Archayon, adding that entry will be granted once the passengers can present documents of their quarantine hotels.

"However, we are currently allowing tourists to come from Covid-19 low-risk countries," said Archayon.

Meanwhile, Thailand's Ministry of Justice on Wednesday published a report, stating that Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn had donated 128 million baht (US$4.2 million) for the purchase of medical equipment and supplies for 19 prisons' healthcare division.

The royal donation is aimed at improving medical cars for inmates, the department published on the Ministry of Justice's website.

The 128 million baht donation has been the second phase after the last one in Dec. 28 at 217 million baht (7.1 million U.S. dollars).

That donation was spent on buying 756 items of medical equipment and supplies for medical facilities at 25 prisons, five of them high-security ones, according to the website. - Xinhua
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