The Phuket Governor said on Wednesday that he had not been officially informed about the first group of 150 Chinese tourists that will be entering Phuket on October 8 through the Special Tourist VISA (STV).
Narong Woonciew, the Phuket Governor, told reporters that even though he was not informed by the Prayut Chan-ocha administration, he has prepared for the COVID-19 screening at the airport before he will be transferring the travelers into Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ).
The tourist group is on the list of approved by the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to enter the country to stimulate the economy.
According to Pipat Ratchakitprakarn, the Minister of Tourism and Sports, seven businessmen will enter Thailand via private jets along with the first set of tourists.
The next flight of 126 Chinese tourists from Guangzhou will be on October 25, while 120 tourists from Scandinavia and Schengen countries are set to arrive on November 1.
The government also provided more areas of Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) in Chonburi, Buriram, and Phuket to accommodate the coming travelers, Pipat said.
Calls to the CCSA and the Prime Minister’s Office over the foul-up were not returned.