Picture Phuket, Thailand. Credit Arkady Lukashov on Unsplash
Next Monday the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) board will consider proposals to reduce quarantine from 1st October for vaccinated arrivals. Today more news is coming out of Thailand in regards to changes to quarantine.
Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has said that the ministry will ask the government to reduce the mandatory quarantine period from 14-days to 7-10 days from as early as next month for vaccinated travellers. It is our understanding that a decision has not yet been made despite reports in some areas of the media that it will be reduced to 7-days from next month.
The proposal would see:
- Non-Thai citizens who have received a Covid-19 vaccine between 14 days and 3 months before their arrival in Thailand and have tested negative would be required to quarantine for 7 days
- Thai citizens ho have received a Covid-19 vaccine between 14 days and 3 months before their arrival in Thailand would be required to quarantine for 7 days
- Non-Thai citizens who have not received a Covid-19 vaccine but have tested negative would be required to quarantine for 10 days
- Any arrivals from Africa would still be required to quarantine for 14 days due to concern regarding more contagious Covid-19 variants
There has so far been no indication on the rationalisation of limiting the changes for people who have received the vaccine in the last 3 months.
Meanwhile the Association of Thai Travel Agents (Atta) is calling for quarantine to be removed for vaccinated tourists from June and for a clear timeline for the reopening of borders and introduction of vaccine passports.
The association is concerned that without the timeline it will take up to 6 months for tourist numbers to increase significantly due to limited availability of international flights and potential visitors being reluctant to book without a clear idea of opening.
“Reopening helps tourism workers get back to work after 1 million jobs were lost in the sector, while another 2 million are on unpaid leave.”
“As vaccine rollouts gather pace in many parts of the world, we have to skip quarantine and find an effective solution to welcome vaccinated tourists.”Vichit Prakobgosol, President Atta
There are concerns that tourist numbers could be as low as 2 million in 2021 without a clear roadmap. This could increase to 8 million if vaccinated tourists are allowed entry from the middle of the year. Numbers are unlikely to recover to pre-pandemic levels until 2023.
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