Top News Thailand welcomes first tourists on villa quarantine scheme By TTG Asia / Posted on 23 February, 2021 17:32 Fifty-nine tourists from the UK, US, France and Finland have arrived in Phuket, becoming the first participants of Thailand’s villa quarantine scheme. They arrived in two batches, via chartered flight from Indonesia, and are staying at the Sri Panwa Hotel, according to authorities as reported by The Bangkok Post. Sri Panwa Hotel welcomes Thailand’s first group of villa quarantine tourists Under the scheme, these tourists are required to complete immigration and customs procedures before undergoing Covid-19 screening at the X-Terminal building inside the airport complex. Afterwards, they are conveyed to the hotel where they will serve the first five days of their 14-day quarantine within their room. After that, they can make use of the facilities within the grounds of the hotel, according to Phuket’s deputy governor Pichet Panapong. Last Thursday, Thailand welcomed its first batch of tourists participating in a golf quarantine. The group of 41 tourists from South Korea are staying at Artitaya Golf & Resort in Nakhon Nayok, under arrangements made by the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s office in Seoul, South Korea after their disease control measures were approved by Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Similar to villa quarantine, under golf quarantine tourists must stay at approved golf resorts for 14 days, during which they can play golf and engage in other outdoor activities under strict disease control measures, explained CCSA assistant spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangson.