Thailand resumes tourist quarantine exemption program in February


Thailand plans to resume a quarantine exemption program for fully vaccinated foreign visitors in February, the Coronavirus Task Force said Thursday.

The country’s “test and go” quarantine exemption program has been reopened due to the low number of viral deaths and hospitalizations, according to Task Force spokesman Taweesilp Bisanuyoshin.

“In the event of further infections or changes in circumstances, we will reassess inbound travelers and adapt to the sandbox scheme,” Visanuyothin told reporters. report..

The Test and Go scheme allows foreign visitors who have been fully vaccinated with the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus (commonly known as coronavirus) to enter Thailand without quarantine. ..

You will need to undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on arrival and stay at a pre-booked hotel while waiting for the results. After that, the traveler will have to take a second PCR test 5 days later and stay in the hotel room to wait for the results. All costs are the responsibility of the traveler.

The government had previously suspended the quarantine exemption program until January 4th to curb the spread of Omicron variants in the country. The outage was subsequently extended indefinitely as the country’s CCP virus alert level was raised to level 4.

Health Minister Anutin Charnviracle said Tuesday that the government had agreed to reduce the alert level to 3 due to lower infections, but nightclubs and bars would remain closed for the foreseeable future.

The government has also expanded its “sandbox” program to a total of six states, including Krabi, Panna, Phuket, Surat Thani, Chonburi and Trat. This program allows travelers to enter the state without quarantine and move freely within the island, but they must stay there for seven days before traveling to other parts of the country.

Thailand report On Thursday, there were 8,129 new infections, including 7,915 local transmissions. On January 16, the first Omicron-related death involving an 86-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease was confirmed, but officials said deaths were expected given the country’s more than 10,000 Omicron cases. ..

Approximately 66% of the country’s estimated 72 million population is vaccinated twice with the coronavirus vaccine, of which approximately 14.9% are boosted.

The central bank said on January 11 that Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy, which should be managed by the first half of this year, will be hit by 0.3 percent from Omicron.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.