Hotels and hospitals to offer an alternative to state quarantine

The government said on Thursday that apart from local and state quarantine, an alternative quarantine option will be made available to people returning from abroad.

The government said that hospitals and hotels have partnered together to provide a third option for citizens.

It will have to be approved by the health ministry but individuals who choose this option will pay for the costs themselves. 

“We have tested this option for quite some time now and it has proven to be very popular, so the scheme will be further developed and expanded,” Government spokesman Dr Thaweesin Visanuyothin said. 

The option is already available for people who can afford it; however, the hotels must already be approved by the health ministry.

The Department of Health Service Support said on Thursday that there are now four hotels approved by the ministry, including 100 rooms at Movenpick Wellness BDMS Resort Hotel, 79 rooms in Qiu Hotel, 64 rooms in the Idle Residence and 60 rooms at Grand Richmond Hotel. 

In total, there are 303 rooms available, prompting the CCSA to announce the expansion of the alternative state quarantine option.

To use these accommodations, passengers will have to state their intention and the place they wish to be quarantined in to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before being granted permission to enter Thailand. 

They must provide a letter of intent for an alternative state quarantine at the airport. Hotels and hospitals will have to arrange transport for these individuals. 

As the passengers are covering all of the expenses, it is advisable for citizens and visitors to contact these hotels before flying into Thailand.

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