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Thailand Plans Re-Opening for Long-Stay Visitors This Winter

  • Government to grant visas with Phuket quarantine requirement
  • Targeting European senior citizens looking for winter options
Thais Flock to Beaches As Nation Considers Protocols for Return of Foreign Tourists
Photographer: Andre Malerba/Bloomberg
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Thailand is finalizing a plan that would make it possible for retired, sun-seeking Europeans to spend the upcoming winter months in the country in an effort to save its ailing tourism industry.

Although the Asian nation’s borders have been closed to most foreigners since late March to fight the pandemic, the government is now planning to grant visas to foreigners who want to stay in Thailand for up to nine months, said Boon Vanasin, chairman of Thonburi Healthcare Group Pcl, the nation’s third largest private hospital firm, which runs hospitals and retirement homes.