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Thailand cuts quarantine to seven days for vaccinated visitors. It has been announced that from next month, Thailand will reduce its mandatory quarantine from fourteen days to seven days for foreigners arriving in the country. This will be for those who have been vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus. This announcement has come from The health minister on Monday

However, the vaccination will have to had been administered within three months of the travel period and any visitors will still need to show a negative Covid-19 test result within 3 days of their depature.

Those visitors that have not yet been vaccinated but show a negative certificate will still have to undergo quarentine for 10 days.

“Foreigners traveling to Thailand with vaccination certificates in accordance with the requirements of each brands, will need to quarantine for only seven days,” Anutin said, referring to the doses needed to be effective.

Thailand’s flight limits, its strict entry requirements and mandatory quarantine for all arrivals have been central to its success in limiting the spread of the virus to just over 26,000 cases and 85 deaths.

Those curbs have decimated its vital tourism sector, however, prompting widespread jobs losses and business closures and contributing to the country’s deepest economic traction in over two decades.

Thailand had close to 40 million visitors in 2019

These news measure that have been put in place will not apply to those travelling from Africa, who will still be subject for quarentine for 14 days due to concerns regarding the other strains of the virus.

Thai nationals that have been vaccinated that can not show a certificate will need to spend a week in quaretine after two negative tests in the country.

After October, if Thailand inoculates 70% of medical personnel and at-risk groups, there could be more easing of restriction, Anutin said, adding it was possible quarantine could be waived completely.

So far Thailand has vaccinated 27,497 people, mostly have been medical workers, using the Sinovac Biotech vaccine. It has ordered 61 million doses in total of the AstraZeneca vaccine with mass vaccinations slated to begin in June

Anutin said the country may need to order an additional 10 to 20 million doses, which it could source from other producers.

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