Thailand is lifting the quarantine requirement by opening the airspace for citizens of at least 10 countries who are at low risk of coronavirus infection.
Officials say the plan will take effect from November 1. “The government has taken this decision with some risk,” Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan Oocha acknowledged on Monday.
Still, the decision is seen as an important step in reviving the epidemic-ridden Thai tourism sector.
According to the BBC, the top 10 countries at risk are the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and China. Ocha also said that there are plans to introduce travel for more citizens of the country from December.
In a televised speech on Monday, he said visitors who had received the full dose of the vaccine from 10 low-risk countries would have to show a coronavirus “negative” certificate upon arrival in Thailand and be tested for coronavirus upon entry into Thailand.
Visitors will be able to travel freely in Thailand if they get a ‘negative’ result in this test. In that case, they do not have to enter Thailand and stay in quarantine.
Before the coronavirus epidemic, millions of tourists flocked to Thailand each year. But the Thai tourism sector has been hit hard by travel bans imposed to prevent coronavirus infections.
According to the data, only 60,000 tourists have visited Thailand in the first six months of this year. But in 2019 this number was 4 crore.