Thailand shortens quarantine for international visitors

A passenger

Thailand will reduce the mandatory quarantine period for foreign travellers from next month, from two weeks to 10 days, starting from April 1.

In addition, the Kingdom is looking into ceasing all quarantine together starting from October 1. However, government authorities have deferred a decision in recognising vaccine certificates, and delayed a decision on an isolation period of seven days for vaccinated tourists.

Thailand to cut quarantine time for foreign travellers to 10 days from April 1; a lone passenger at a strangely empty Bangkok International Airport in February 2021 pictured

Officials hope that the shorter quarantine would appeal to more foreign visitors and is seen as a step towards reopening.

Thailand is heavily reliant on tourism, which the pandemic has devasted. In 2019, the industry provided more than US$60 billion in receipts from some 40 million international visitors.

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