Forget doing yoga in a tiny hotel room, eating the same food day in and day out. Instead you could be spending your quarantine playing golf, on a yacht or in a gorgeous villa. I miss Thailand.
The first group of 42 golfers from South Korea and Japan who arrived in Thailand and entered golf quarantine on 19 February, 2021, have successfully completed their 14-day golf quarantine and have been travelling around the country.
Thailand’s golf quarantine was created in line with the government’s strict COVID-19 prevention and control measures that required golfers to follow a set of Standard Operating Procedures from the Thai Department of Health Service Support. These are supervised by a golf course COVID-19 Commander, supported by medical staff from a partner hospital who are on standby 24/7.
Golfers must remain in their rooms for the first three days until they receive their first COVID-19 RT-PCR and Coronavirus Antibody tests. Provided that the test results come out negative, quarantined golfers will be allowed to play golf from Day 4, but only within their own group, as well as use resort facilities; such as, fitness centre, spa, and swimming pool as per the quarantine rules while also following the government COVID-19 prevention and control measures.
In addition, when playing, quarantined golfers are responsible for their own golf equipment. A course Marshall is responsible for making sure all maintain a two-metre social distancing radius when playing.
There are currently five golf clubs in Thailand that are government certified to host golf quarantine. These include the Artitaya Golf and Resort in Nakhon Nayok where the first group stayed, Sawang Resort and Golf Club in Phetchaburi and three in Kanchanaburi: Mida Golf Club, Evergreen Hills Golf Club and Resort and Blue Star Golf Course.
Likewise, Thailand also just successfully completed its Villa quarantine pilot program.
Thailand has also recently launched it’s first ‘Digital Yacht Quarantine’ project, allowing visitors to conveniently complete their 14-day quarantine requirement in the comfort on their own yacht, while having their health monitored by smart watches.
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