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The new Test & Go scheme received more than 100,000 tourist applications in the first 5 days

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More than 105,000 foreign tourists have applied for Thailand Pass in the first five days after the resumption of quarantine-free under Test & Go scheme on Feb. 1, Thailand’s tourism authorities told the TAT.

So far, 86,500 Thailand Passes have been issued to tourists during that period, TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said. On February 5 alone, 14,527 applications and 8,906 passes were issued, he added.

The Test & Go schedule has resumed with stricter conditions including pre-booked stays at government-approved hotels on Day 1 and Day 5 for mandatory RT-PCR testing.

The Thailand Pass has been awarded to 71,984 foreign visitors under Test & Go, 13,039 under the Sandbox scheme and 1497 under the quarantine scheme.

The capital Bangkok tops the list for hotel bookings, followed by Phuket, Chonburi, Samut Prakan and Surat Thani.

Meanwhile, Marisa Sukosol-Nunbhakdi, president of the Thai Hotel Association, has urged the government to waive the land tax on hotels for two years to ease the financial strain of the pandemic.

She said income for hotels still operating fell 70 per cent from pre-Covid levels. Meanwhile, more than three per cent had been closed for more than six months and would have to wait at least until the second half of this year to reopen, it added.

khu. Marisa also asked the government to co-pay the suspended staff’s wages, pay off bank loans in a grace period and increase funding for the “We Travel Together” tourism grant scheme.

She also called for a grant to reduce ATK testing costs, as well as other government support, including a health guarantee for vaccinated travellers and greater convenience in RT-PCR screening of foreign tourists.

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