The government of Thailand is planning to remove mandatory quarantine for vaccinated travellers under the recently proposed plan, “Welcome Back to Thailand Again”. With the plan, the country hopes to see travellers return by the third quarter of this year.
The tourist arrivals in the country fell by over 80% in 2020 due to the pandemic, battering the local economy.
Welcome Back to Thailand Again
Under a proposed plan “Welcome Back to Thailand Again,” the country hopes to resume international tourism which was shut down due to the pandemic.
As per a report, the Tourism Council of Thailand has already begun reaching out to agencies in neighboring markets like China to draw up plans for tourism and marketing.
- To enter the kingdom, travellers will simply need proof of completed COVID-19 vaccinations, along with the usual visa requirements.
- The travellers with the proof of vaccination can skip the mandatory 14-day quarantines which are currently in place for all arrivals to Thailand.
If the plan goes successful, Thailand would be one of the first major tourist markets to fully reopen.
According to reports, the Thai government is interested in having immunity passports or vaccination certificates as part of travel documents.
Organizations like IATA have developed “Travel Pass” or digital health passports that contain important test and vaccine details.
Airlines like American Airlines and Singapore Airlines have tested digital passports but as part of their contactless program.
Thailand is heavily dependent on tourism, but tourist arrivals decreased by over 80% in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Recent reports suggest that more than a million jobs have been lost in the outbreak. The government agrees and supports that resuming travel is the only way to prevent widespread job losses.