Offering pristine waters, tropical beaches and a new yacht quarantine program for foreign visitors, Thailand declares itself open for business.
If the monolithic limestone karst islets and emerald-green waters of Thailand’s famed Phang Nga Bay are on your cruising bucket list, then you’re in luck. Thailand has announced a new government program that now allows tourists to spend their mandatory two-week COVID-19 quarantine on a yacht.
Renowned for its tropical beaches and diverse cuisine, Thailand has been gradually reopening its borders since October 2020. As of March, visitors with a negative coronavirus test are able to isolate in comfort on board a yacht or small cruise ship in the south east region of Phuket. It’s hoped the move will boost international visitor numbers to the favored yachting destination.
Around 100 yachts are expected to take part in the program, which has already begun accepting yacht guests as part of a trial run. Guests will be free to cruise the Andaman Sea, but are required to wear a smart wristband that monitors vital signs, including temperature and blood pressure. The device will also track the wearer's location via GPS, and can transmit information, even at sea, within a 10km radius.
Thailand boasts some of the most thrilling sailing opportunities in the world, with untouched islands, sublime beaches and warm waters. Pristine coral reefs, diving with whale sharks and exploring the rainforest-covered Similan and Surin Islands are all within easy reach.
The scheme is currently not available to charter vessels, but for yacht owners looking to discover the region’s snorkeling, diving and famed golden sunsets this summer, little else can rival the opportunity to isolate in private and safety in a stunning environment with the ones you love.
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