Thailand — like many tourism-dependent destinations — has been hit hard by Covid, so lifting quarantine requirements for large numbers of vaccinated visitors will undoubtedly provide a significant boost to its economy.
Thailand will allow visitors from 46 countries vaccinated against COVID-19 to forgo quarantine from next month, up from 10 previously announced, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Thursday.
The Southeast Asian country is poised to introduce the new quarantine-free travel arrangements on Nov. 1 as it seeks to revive its vital tourism industry.
Last week, Prayuth said that at least 10 countries, including Britain, Singapore, Germany, China and the United States, would be exempt from quarantine.
He did not name the extra countries in a Facebook post on Thursday but said the visitors could skip mandatory quarantine providing they arrive via air, have been fully vaccinated and have a document to show they are virus-free.
(Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Orathai Sriring; Writing by John Geddie; Editing by Nick Macfie)
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