Further Blow To Thailand Tourism Hopes

The suspension of the Test & GO entry scheme for fully vaccinated travellers has been a hammer blow to the Thailand tourism industry and the prospects of another ruined high-season.

The country has today raised its COVID-19 alert level as the Omicron variant fuels increasing numbers of infections.

Raising the alert level from three to four could result in additional measures being put into place which could include the closure of high-risk areas, restrictions on domestic travel and banning alcohol sales in restaurants, a move designed to reduce numbers.

“Thailand has entered a new wave of infections, where new cases will be rising fast,” said Kiattiphum Wongrajit, permanent secretary of the health ministry.

“Level four means we may close high-risk places and announce more measures.”

Thailand has reported 5,775 new cases today, a 48% rise on yesterday and nearly double the number on the 1st January.

There are increasing concerns that new infections could increase to the “tens of thousands in the next two weeks,” if control measures were not followed.

A further update on measures and also the Test & GO scheme is expected in the coming days. Currently foreigh visitors can only visit via the Phuket Sandbox without undergoing a full quarantine.

Thailand has so far fully vaccinated around 69% of the population but less than 11% have so far received boosters.


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