About 6,700 hotel rooms in five tourist hotspots of Thailand have been prepared for use as an area quarantine for inoculated foreigners, Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said Monday.

The area quarantine program, which shortens the compulsory quarantine from 14 days to three days, allows foreign visitors to spend time in the hotel’s premises after three days of self-isolation in their rooms, Phiphat said.

FILE PHOTO: People walk past festival lanterns in Iconsiam shopping center in Bangkok, Thailand, Feb. 7, 2021. Image: Xinhua

Those hotel rooms include 2,752 in Phuket province, 2,522 in Chonburi of which Pattaya is part, 1,024 in Krabi, 288 on Koh Samui island off Surat Thani and 130 in Chiang Mai.

Foreign visitors who are vaccinated against COVID-19 will be obliged to undergo the area quarantine immediately after they arrived in Thailand, Phiphat said.

He quoted travel firms as saying that Russian tourists would be among the first foreign visitors to Phuket under such area quarantine measures.

XINHUA | BANGKOK

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