Thailand is considering scrapping its mandatory quarantine for vaccinated visitors to its capital Bangkok and other top tourist destinations from October, as it looks to rebuild its coronavirus-battered tourism industry.
Among the 10 provinces planned to welcome vaccinated tourists from October 1 are Pattaya, Phang Nga, Koh Samui, Krabi, and Bangkok, deputy government spokeswoman Traisulee Traisoranakul said on Friday (May 7), according to a Channel NewsAsia report.
The report also quoted Traisulee as saying in a statement that the new plan is expected to attract 3.5 million tourists this year, and generate 298 billion baht (US$9.5 billion) in revenue. However, she added, at least 70 per cent of residents in each of the 10 provinces must first be vaccinated for the plan to proceed.
Under current regulations, all foreign visitors to Thailand are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine in government-approved facilities.