According to the DDC, a rise in the number of Chinese visitors will not result in an increase in new Covid-19 infections.
DDC Director-General Dr. Tares Krassanairawiwong said the agency would examine the situation with coronavirus infections in two weeks. Currently, the average daily caseload is 900, and the number of critical Covid-19 patients requiring a respirator is decreasing.
According to the DDC’s director-general, tourism enterprises have also been preparing for a potential flood of Chinese tourists, with many being completely vaccinated and employing universal preventative measures. The DDC is currently collaborating with the Ministry of Culture and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to guarantee that religious sites remain secure. Temperature scanners have been placed in international airports, and disease control personnel have been sent to give travelers with health information.
Dr. Tares confirmed that the same Covid-19 measures imposed on air travelers will apply to other foreign and Thai nationals entering Thailand by land through border provinces such as Chiang Rai, and that tourists from countries such as India and China who require a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test before returning home must still have health insurance covering at least $10,000 in Covid-19 treatment costs before entering Thailand.
Suksan Kittisupakorn, Deputy Clerk of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, has stated that the city hall has also prepared over 10,000 hospital beds for new Covid-19 patients in preparation of the arrival of over 300,000 Chinese visitors in the next three months.