Thailand, which has an economy that depends heavily on tourism, is considering changing your current quarantine requirements for visitors, according to Anutin Charnvirakul, the country’s public health minister.
If this happens, most visitors will experience a significant reduction in how many days they would need to quarantine.
The proposal, which would go into effect in April, would result in the existing 14-day quarantine being reduced to seven for those who were vaccinated between two weeks and three months before arriving in Thailand and had a recent negative result from the COVID-19 test.
Meanwhile, those with COVID-19-free certificates instead of vaccination documents would experience a reduction from 14 to 10 days.
This proposal does not include any quarantine reduction for those coming from Africa. This is because Thai authorities are concerned about the most highly contagious variants that were initially detected on that continent, which could have a significant impact on their country.
The intention behind these proposals is to help stimulate Thailand’s tourism and economy as a whole. This is due to the fact that tourism represents 20% of the country’s economy and has been wiped out in the last year.
“We are prepared to open the country to help boost economic growth,” said Anutin. He added that Thailand’s long-term goal is to vaccinate 70% of its health professionals and members of at-risk groups by October and then remove all quarantine requirements for some visitors.
In the meantime, a related proposal to reduce the quarantine period has also been made. This would result in the shortening of your current period from 14 days to three, provided that a COVID-19 test that was administered after the third day was negative. At that time, tourists could leave their rooms, but they could not leave the hotel before the entire period had elapsed.
Travelers should note that all quarantine periods must be completed at the traveler’s expense and that the test that is carried out after the third day on the last proposal will not be the last one they will take. In addition, this proposal would initially be applied to facilities in Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Krabi, Phuket and Surat Thani, as they are provinces that attract significant numbers of tourists.
The Thai authorities are also considering arranging travel bubbles with other countries. This may occur as early as May.