Prayuth Chan-Ocha, the Prime Minister of Thailand on Monday announced that the country will end the quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated visitors from low-risk countries starting November 1.
The announcement comes as the Southeast Asian nation tries to revive its Covid-19 pandemic-hit economy.
Its worth mentioning that last year the country has suffered its deepest economic contraction in more than two decades, with the key tourism sector still struggling.
As per the announcement made by PM Prayuth Chan-Ocha, fully vaccinated travelers from 10 countries will be exempted from quarantine on arrival in Thailand. The list of exempted countries includes;
- United Kingdom
- China and
- The United States
More countries will later be added to the list, said PM Prayuth Chan-Ocha
“I know this decision comes with some risk. It is almost certain that we will see a temporary rise in serious cases as we relax these restrictions,” Prayuth said.
“We will have to track the situation very carefully and see how to contain and live with that situation because I do not think that the many millions who depend on the income generated by the travel, leisure, and entertainment sector can possibly afford the devastating blow of a second lost new year holiday period,” he added further.
But if there is an unexpected emergence of a highly dangerous new variant of the virus in the months ahead, Thailand will act accordingly.