According to the Bangkok Post Thailand may be considering removing the mandatory 14-day quarantine for all foreign visitors for travellers with proof of a Covid-19 vaccination.
Thailand has allowed visitors from most countries to enter the country for a number of months but take up has been very low due to the restrictions in place, especially the mandatory quarantine.
On 20th January we reported that the Seychelles had made the decision to allow travellers with a negative PCR test and Covid vaccination to enter without quarantine. This was seen as a test case for many other countries with a significant tourism industry. A week later we reported that the “Welcome Back to Thailand Again” plan from the Tourism Council of Thailand was designed to work in a similar way. Last week we reported that the vice governor of Bali had proposed that a travel bubble could be created for vaccinated travellers allowing them to visit the island paradise
Finally we have an indication from the government that they may be looking to relax entry restrictions.
On Tuesday Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said that the government will consider allowing vaccinated travellers to skip quarantine although authorities will still look to track their stay.
If this goes ahead as planned, it will be a big boost to tourism and the economy.”Nattaporn Triratansirikul, economist at Kasikorn research Center in Bankok via Bangkok Post
One key difference between the Seychelles and Thailand is the rate of vaccinations. Thailand is hoping to start its vaccination programme next week, aiming to vaccinate 50% of the population by the end of the year. The Seychelles hope to have 70% of their population vaccinated by the end of March.
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