Vaccinated? Thailand plans to reduce your quarantine period


Tourism-reliant Thailand plans to reduce the obligatory quarantine time for vaccinated overseas travelers to seven days in order to promote its economy since a low vaccination rate is expected to postpone a wider reopening.
According to Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, the decrease of quarantine from the existing 14 days will assist Thailand’s economy and tourism.
If the nation’s Covid-19 task committee approves a shorter isolation time, he added that it might go into effect on October 1. According to Dr. Opas, overseas travelers with vaccination certificates will still be required to be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival and before exiting the quarantine.
Visitors arriving by air without vaccination certificates will be subjected to a 10-day quarantine, while those arriving by land will be exposed to a 14-day quarantine.
Thai officials have indicated that plans to lift the quarantine for tourists to numerous regions, including Bangkok and Chiang Mai, from October 1 have been postponed, citing a failure to achieve the 70% immunization requirement for local inhabitants.
Some tourist locations, such as the resort island of Phuket, already allow tourists who have been vaccinated to enter without being quarantined.
Thailand is banking on the return of foreign tourists to boost its economy, with the industry bringing in more than US$60 billion (S$81 billion) in revenue in 2019.


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