Thailand might be reopening for international tourists soon

05-Mar-2021 Intellasia | HindustanTimes | 6:52 AM Print This Post

The authorities in Thailand have taken out a national inoculation programme and are looking into coronavirus vaccine passports so that they are able to welcome back international tourists soon.

Thailand’s tourism reopening plans are gaining momentum as authorities roll out a national inoculation programme and look into coronavirus vaccine passports and quarantine waivers.

Prime minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha this week ordered officials to study vaccine certificates for international travel after signaling the tourism-reliant nation is open to scrapping the two-week quarantine for inoculated visitors. The local tourism industry wants mandatory quarantines to be lifted from as early as July 1 so the nation can open to potentially millions of vaccinated travellers.

Thailand managed to contain a flareup in Covid-19 infections at the start of the year, and its overall caseload is relatively low at about 26,000, with 84 deaths. A successful reopening by Thailand could spur other tourism-dependent nations to follow suit, though the World Health Organization this week warned about the risks of countries easing restrictions too fast.

“A gradual reopening, with the appropriate cautionary steps taken, will undoubtedly save businesses, jobs and bolster the economy,” said John Blanco, general manager at luxury hotel Capella Bangkok. “Given the building global momentum of vaccination, it would make sense to begin planning for the necessary steps.”


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