Thailand allows vaccinated tourists from over 40 countries, PM says

Thailand allows vaccinated tourists from over 40 countries, PM says


Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha announced Thursday that vaccinated travelers from more than 40 countries will be allowed to enter the kingdom without quarantine from November 1 as it prepares for a much-anticipated reopening.

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Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha announced Thursday that vaccinated travelers from more than 40 countries will be allowed to enter the kingdom without quarantine from November 1 as it prepares for a much-anticipated reopening.

The 46 countries and territories are a significant jump from the 10 Prayuth originally announced last week when he revealed plans to reopen the country next month.

The balloon flight list was due to Thailand’s urgent need to “stimulate the tourism sector and other related industries,” said Prayuth.

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“We have to move faster and do it now,” he wrote in a post on his official Facebook page.

“That’s because it will be too late to wait for everything to be perfect.”

In addition to the US, UK and China, vaccinated tourists from a number of European countries including France and Germany will be admitted if they can present a negative Covid RT-PCR test.

The neighbors Cambodia and Malaysia are also on the “low-risk” list, as are Singore, Jan, South Korea and Hong Kong.

After landing in Thailand, travelers will have to take another Covid test and book a single night at a state-approved hotel while they wait for the results – before being allowed to travel freely.

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“We know this is a radical acceleration and there is a risk that the number of infected people will increase, but we have to accept that risk,” said Prayuth.

Before the pandemic, Thailand attracted nearly 40 million visitors, with tourism accounting for nearly 20 percent of its national income.

Last year, the country lost roughly $ 50 billion in tourism revenue as overseas arrivals fell 83 percent to 6.7 million.

Prayuth originally said earlier this year that 70 percent of all Thais must be vaccinated before the kingdom fully reopens its borders. To date, almost 40 percent have received two doses of the vaccine.

Thailand, too, is still registering around 10,000 cases per day – mainly driven by the highly contagious Delta variant.

The country has more than 1.8 million cases to date and has recorded 18,559 deaths.

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