To attract rich tourists, Thailand has launched yacht quarantine

Traveling amid the pandemic is a whole new ball game. It calls for social distancing and a two-week, mandatory isolation period in most cases. However, making it a lot less hassled is Thailand with its unique yacht quarantine plan.

Called the “Digital Yacht Quarantine”, the program could bring 1.8 billion baht ($80 million) into the country. It has been launched by the Thai government’s Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa) and will allow visitors with proof of a negative Covid-19 to spend quarantine cruising around Phuket.

Commenting on it, Depa director Natthaphon Nimmanphatcharin said, “The coronavirus crisis has severely affected Thailand’s tourism industry and is causing a lot of economic damage.” In addition to the yacht quarantine plan, the country allows tourists to undertake their mandatory 14-day quarantine period quarantine in popular tourist areas, including beach resorts.

It had also announced a scheme to allow visitors to spend their quarantine on a golf course in January this year. Such initiatives are mainly being introduced to help the country’s economy recover from the blow of COVID.

The yacht quarantine plan will initially be trialed on a flotilla of 100 small boats and cruise ships and will become operational soon after. So, how does a getaway to Thailand sound?

[Via: Lonely Planet]

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