Travelers infected with COVID-19 are no longer barred from entering Thailand


Thailand will soon allow entry for foreign travelers infected with the COVID-19 virus. This was after the Cabinet approved the removal of the disease from the list of diseases barred from entry for visitors.

Government deputy spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek said on Tuesday that the changes would come into effect after being published in the Royal Gazette. bangkok post.

However, she said, visitors with dangerous stages of tuberculosis, leprosy, elephantiasis, tertiary syphilis, chronic alcoholism, and substance abuse-related illnesses are still barred from entering Thailand.

The move comes as Thailand’s tourism sector rebounds, with 3.78 million tourists arriving between January and August, with the majority coming from Malaysia, India and Singapore.

Thailand COVID-19 Situation Control Center (CCSA) said on Tuesday With the number of daily instances of COVID-19 dropping and 774 new cases reported on Tuesday, it plans to implement measures to boost the tourism sector.

“The government is working on a plan to come up with tourism promotion measures to receive more tourists. [coming] It’s peak season,” said deputy government spokesperson Trisree Taisaranakul.

The Thai cabinet also approved a move to extend the visa-on-arrival period applicable to nationals of 19 countries, including India, China and Saudi Arabia, from October 15 to 30.

In addition, the maximum length of stay for visa waiver travelers will also be extended from 30 days to 45 days. Thai Salanakul, Prime Minister of Thailand, told local media that the change in visa validity period will be effective from 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023. tiger report.

CCSA spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the tourism sector generated revenue of 176 billion baht ($4.7 billion) as of August. This year, Thailand is forecasting 10 million visitors for her, beating his previous forecast of 7 million.

“We are considering extending the stay as it will help increase tourist spending, revive the economy and mitigate the impact of the pandemic,” said Taweesilp.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Aldogra Fredry

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer covering Asia Pacific news for The Epoch Times.