Offbeat Thailand gently reopens its borders to tourists vaccinated from 1 November
Covid threat looms over Thailand's plans to open
A lack of vaccines and hospital beds are marring Thailand's attempts to reopen to the world.The time had come, he said, to take that calculated risk.
Thailand will progressively reopen its borders to foreign visitors vaccinated from November 1, announced Monday Prime Minister Prayut Chan -O-Cha, while the kingdom seeks to save a tourist industry heavily struck by the pandemic.
As a first step, Thailand will accept tourists from ten "low risk countries", said the head of government during a television address - including the States. -Unis, China, the United Kingdom, Germany and Singapore. The list, which is not yet fixed precisely, can be expanded in the coming months.A PCR test before leaving and arriving
Visitors will have to present on their arrival a negative Covid test and make a new one on site. "They can then travel freely like Thai," welcomed the Prime Minister.
Phuket opens to all vaccinated travellers
Fully vaccinated travellers from any country can now book holidays to tourism haven Phuket, the Thai government has announced, under tweaks to a struggling quarantine-free travel scheme. The kingdom launched a "sandbox" scheme in July, which allowed fully vaccinated travellers from countries considered low-to-medium risk to roam free on the popular beach island for a fortnight, and then afterwards travel to the mainland without quarantine. © Lillian SUWANRUMPHA Travel operators have been pleading for the government to simplify entry requirements to increase visitor numbers Last week, authorities cut the required stay to a week, in line with n
So far, only the "sandbox" program allowed. But they were forced to stay for a week in a hotel on the island before being able to venture into other parts of the kingdom.
Tourism accounted for one-fifth of Thai GDP before the pandemic. The severe restrictions on travelers to fight against the virus have collapsed the number of foreign visitors. In 2020, arrivals plunged from 83% to 6.7 million, against a record of $ 39.9 million in 2019. Result, Thailand has recorded last year its worst economic performance for more than two decades, losing about 50 billions of dollars of tourist recipes.
the country was relatively spared by CVIV-19 in 2020. But since April, contaminations have risen: in total, More than 1.7 million cases and nearly 18,000 deaths have been recorded. More than 30% of the population received two doses of vaccine and the situation tends to improve in recent weeks.
India reopens for foreign tourists as virus infections ebb .
NEW DELHI (AP) — India reopened to fully vaccinated foreign tourists traveling on chartered flights on Friday in the latest easing of its coronavirus restrictions as infection numbers decline. Foreign tourists on regular flights will be able to enter India starting Nov. 15. It is the first time India has allowed foreign tourists to enter the country since March 2020 when it imposed its first nationwide coronavirus lockdown. It is unclear whetherForeign tourists on regular flights will be able to enter India starting Nov. 15.