Thailand has agreed to halve its mandatory quarantine to seven days for fully vaccinated visitors starting next month, and will end any isolation period for those travelers in 10 key provinces, including Bangkok, in November to help revive its tourism dependent economy.
The country’s main Covid-19 task force has also approved the reopening of a variety of businesses and services, including theaters, sports venues and nail salons, effective October 1, when a Nighttime curfew in many parts of the country will be reduced by one hour, according to spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin. The new curfew hours will be from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
The Southeast Asian nation has previously delayed and adjusted its tourism reopening schedule on several occasions over low vaccination rates and fears that the easing of rules could allow a further surge in infections and hospitalizations. The program began in July on the resort island of Phuket, after a large number of vaccine doses were delivered and administered.
The latest decisions of the virus panel, chaired by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha, are part of its “living with Covid” strategy to restart the economy, while keeping infections at a level that does not overwhelm the system. thai health. These measures come after the rate of inoculations has increased in major population and economic centers, with up to 1 million doses administered daily over the past week.
Before the 2019 pandemic, Thailand’s tourism industry attracted nearly 40 million visitors per year and generated around $ 60 billion per year. Various plans to ease restrictions on domestic and international travel, as well as a range of businesses have been hampered by vaccine shortages and clusters of infections in markets and factories.
The final set of relaxations includes:
- Reopening of cinemas, museums and indoor sports halls from October 1
- Shortening of a curfew from one hour to 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
- Extension of the national state of emergency until November
- Shopping malls and department stores can extend their opening hours until 9 p.m.
- Quarantine days for unvaccinated air travelers reduced from 14 to 10 days
Source: The Indian Express / Bloomberg