Authorities in Thailand have announced that starting from next month, they will permit the entry of fully vaccinated travelers from countries that have recently reported low COVID-19 infection cases without being obliged to follow mandatory quarantine rules upon their arrival.
According to the authorities in Thailand, such a decision has been planned as an effort to revive the country’s most important industries, including the travel and tourism industry, VisaGuide.World reports.
In this regard, the country’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, has stressed that arrivals from at least ten countries that have recently reported a decrease in the number of COVID-19 infections would be permitted to enter the country without being subject to additional preventive measures such as compulsory quarantine rule.
The Prime Minister has stressed that travelers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Germany, and China would be permitted to enter Thailand, starting from next month quarantine-free, among others, as reported by the Associated Press.
“The time has come for us to ready ourselves to face the Coronavirus and live with it as with other endemic infections and diseases, much as we have learned to live with other diseases with treatments and vaccinations,” Thailand’s PM has emphasized in this regard.
Even though such a plan has not been officially approved yet, the Thai leader emphasized that he ordered the Ministry of the Public Health and Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration to take into consideration such a plan by the end of the week and to announced the complete list of countries, travelers of which will be excluded from the self-isolation rule.
However, the Prime Minister said that travelers from specific countries would be required to present a negative result of the Coronavirus test upon their arrival in Thailand.
“I know that such a decision has risk, and it is almost certain that the daily number of COVID cases will increase once we begin to relax measures, but we will closely monitor the situation. This is the high season, and we cannot miss this opportunity,” he pointed out.
Prayut has stressed that travelers from other territories will still be obliged to follow the existing quarantine rules when planning to enter the Southeast Asian country.
According to the figures published by the World Health Organization, Thailand has registered a total of 1,730,364 cases of COVID-19 infection and 17,835 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Based on the same source, Thailand has reported 9,445 new COVID-19 infection cases in the last 24 hours and 84 deaths.