Thailand Considers Relaxing Travel Restrictions Further

Thailand has already been the quickest country in Southeast Asia to welcome back foreign tourists, then introduced quarantine-free travel and now is looking to relax travel restrictions further.

The Bangkok Post is reporting that the government is considering replacing the PCR test with other screening methods for fully-vaccinated tourists under the Test & G) scheme. They are also looking at easing high-risk close contact (HRC) rules which make airplane passengers undergo a mandatory quarantine if they were sat near Covid-19 positive passengers.

Currently all arrivals under Test & GO must travel to a certified location, usually their first night hotel, to take the PCR test and must remain there until a negative result is received, which takes at least 6 hours. This means that currently travellers cannot transit through Bangkok straight to another Thai destination as they must spend the first night in Bangkok.

Supporters of a change to the procedure argue that alternative methods like an antigen test, are more convenient and will help to attract more tourists and manage their flow on arrival, especially as numbers increase.

The relaxation to HRC rules would see just travellers sitting next to a Covid-19 person on a flight having to undergo quarantine, a maximum of 2 people. Currently anyone who sat two rows in front or behind the passenger are required to quarantine. There are hopes that the quarantine period could also be reduced.

The final decision on any changes would need to be agreed by the National Communicable Disease Control Committee and the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

As of 9th November just 28 travellers out of 28,021 arrivals have tested positive for Covid-19.

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