The Bangkok Post is reporting that Thailand is likely to review its list of permitted countries under the Test & GO entry scheme later this week in an effort to thwart the spread of the Omicon variant of Covid-19.
Currently travellers from countries are permitted to visiot under the scheme but the reports suggest that the country will imminently review that list to reduce the risk of more imported cases.
Currently there is no further update that the Test & GO scheme may be suspended completely.
The latest reports suggest that the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA) will identify “high-risk” countries before a scheduled meeting on Friday (24th December) to discuss any changes.
“We’re monitoring the spread of Omicron in other countries, not just the UK. The situation is alarming and we must take necessary precautions.”
“We have to be more stringent and Covid-19 screening of travellers.”Gen Supoj Malaniyom, Chief of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration operations base
Any changes to the Test & GO scheme would harm the already fragile tourism industry and the confidence of foreign travellers visiting Thailand as the country faces potentially another difficult high season.
Demand in at risk countries, such as the UK, has been relatively strong but would be severely impacted by the removal of Test & GO status.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hopeful that changes will not be made, however many other countries around the world have heightened restrictions in light of Omicron.
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