By THE NATION
The Public Health Ministry is scheduled to announce a list of hospitals that pass its criteria next week, and the first group of medical tourists will land in Thailand in the next two weeks.
The spokesman said this programme will be operated under strict guidelines, such as ensuring general patients are safe and visitors are not allowed to enter public spaces.
The visitors, arriving under a special visa, will be provided with massage and spa services, fitness programmes, healthy meals and herbal products.
According to an announcement on July 3, more than 1,700 medical tourists have registered for the programme. The first batch will come from 17 countries, including Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, China, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
These tourists will only be allowed to travel around Thailand once their 14-day quarantine and treatment has been completed.
Medical tourists who test positive for Covid-19 will be treated for the virus in special areas prepared for foreigners at private hospitals.
Medical tourists will undergo Covid-19 tests three times: before departing for Thailand, upon arrival and before returning home.
Only medical tourists travelling by air will be granted entry into Thailand, and they must all have a certificate of entry from a Thai embassy.