Thailand wants to shorten quarantine period for foreign visitors

Thailand wants to shorten quarantine period for foreign visitors

Amid all the commotion over whether or not to open Thailand to foreign tourists, the Thai Disease Control Commission has proposed halving the two-week hotel isolation requirement for vaccinated arrivals.

Thailand is happy to welcome foreign visitors back after nearly 18 months of strict entry policies caused a collapse in tourism, a key sector that attracted 40 million visitors in 2019.

“Reducing the quarantine is not just about tourism, but will also help with business trips and foreign students,” senior health official Opas Karnkawinpong told a news conference held yesterday, which would also require adding tests.

Under the proposal, to be presented to the government on Monday, those without proof of vaccination would be isolated for 10 days if arriving by air, and 14 days if arriving by land.

As you know, Thai authorities this week postponed plans until November to allow vaccinated visitors access without quarantine, due to the country’s low vaccination rate.

Only the islands of Phuket and Samui are currently waiving quarantine for vaccinated tourists, which should be seen as part of a pilot project.

Less than a quarter of Thailand’s estimated 72 million people have been fully vaccinated.

The country is still battling the worst wave of infections, accounting for about 99% of the 1.5 million cases and 15,884 deaths.

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