Thailand may resume quarantine waiver for foreign travellers amid Omicron

Updated on Jan 17, 2022 08:01 PM IST

Thailand reopened to vaccinated international travellers in November to help a vital tourism industry that collapsed during nearly 18 months of strict entry policies. Now, it mulls resuming quarantine waiver for foreign visitors

Thailand may resume quarantine waiver for foreign travellers amid Omicron  (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo)
Thailand may resume quarantine waiver for foreign travellers amid Omicron  (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo)
Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Bangkok

Thailand is considering bringing back a quarantine waiver for vaccinated visitors, its health minister said on Monday, as part of a proposed easing of some Covid-19 measures later this week.

Thailand reopened to vaccinated foreign visitors in November to help a vital tourism industry that collapsed during nearly 18 months of strict entry policies. It saw about 200,000 arrivals last year, compared to nearly 40 million in 2019.

The 'Test and Go' policy, which allows visitors to skip the mandatory quarantine if they test negative on arrival, was suspended late in December over concerns about the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

"We will propose measures that can be done safely and are medically sound," Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told Reuters.

"If approved it can start by Feb. 1," he said of the quarantine waiver.

Thailand recorded 6,929 new Covid-19 infections and 13 deaths on Monday. More than 2.3 million people have been infected overall, with 22,000 deaths. 

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.
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