Thailand considers waiving quarantine for COVID-19 vaccinated tourists

March 09, 2021 Travel
Thailand is considering to withdraw its two-week mandatory quarantine insurance policy for foreign tourists with proof of Covid-19 vaccination as the country seeks to regenerate its pandemic-hit tourism market.

The plan to ease rules for tourists signals a shift in Thailand’s stance after months of insisting all visitors must stay static in quarantine in the absence of enough evidence that inoculations can prevent virus transmission. If implemented, the move could bolster Thailand’s tourism sector that contributed about one-5th to the nation’s pre-pandemic economy.         travel media bd

Thailand’s central lender has designated an uncertain recovery in tourist arrivals as “a significant risk” to the medium-term progress outlook, with Governor  saying it will be very difficult for the economy to return to pre-pandemic amounts without tourism. The overall economy, which shrank the virtually all since 1998 this past year, will expand this season “at somewhat less rate” compared to the central bank’s December projection of 3.2 %, it stated this month.

While Thailand has reopened its borders to many foreign visitors since October, strict quarantine rules have kept most travelers away. The local sector has been phoning for relaxed quarantine guidelines to attract travelers from countries that contain began vaccine rollouts, such as China, Singapore and the U.K.                                    travel reports bd

Shares of Thai hotel and restaurant operators and Airports of Thailand gained on Tuesday as investors cheered the relaxation of restrictions which were put in destination to curb a good flare-up in new attacks and the authorization for vaccine created by Sinovac Biotech Ltd. Thailand is defined to receive its first doses of vaccines on Wednesday which will allow it start a national inoculation program within a week.

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