Thailand has announced a plan to lift the mandatory quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated visitors arriving from November to the capital Bangkok and other tourist hot spots in nine regions, as part of efforts to revive the sector. affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Southeast Asian country now plans to reopen Bangkok, Krabi, Hua Hin, Pattaya and Koh Phayam, after the islands of Phuket and Samui have reopened on pilot projects since July, according to the Center for Covid -19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
Nationally, the CCSA has plans to halve the mandatory quarantine period for fully vaccinated visitors arriving Friday to seven days, and reduce it to 10 days for those who have not completed their vaccinations, reports the Xinhua News Agency.
The CCSA also decided to further ease restrictions from Friday in 29 regions under maximum control, including Bangkok, to allow more businesses and places such as spas, cinemas, libraries and gyms. indoor sports to reopen with certain requirements, and shortened the night curfews by one hour.
These measures came as the government worked to revive the economy of the country affected by the pandemic.
The tourism sector, which accounted for about a fifth of the country’s GDP growth before the pandemic, has been hit hard after more than a year of border control.
Foreign tourist arrivals plunged to 6.7 million in 2020 from a peak of nearly 40 million in 2019.
The country is accelerating the deployment of vaccines to prepare for a wider reopening.
It has administered around 53.7 million doses of vaccine, with more than 28% of its nearly 70 million population having been fully immunized.
Bangkok and 10 other provinces have vaccinated more than 50% of their residents, according to data from the Department of Disease Control.
Bangkok’s metropolitan administration has promised to reopen the city to fully vaccinated travelers after 70% of its residents have been vaccinated.