PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha this evening (Oct. 21) said in a Facebook post that he is increasing the number of low-risk countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter Thailand without the necessity of quarantine from 10 to 46 starting November 1, Siam Rath said.
However to enjoy this benefit these tourists may only travel to Thailand by air, be fully vaccinated and present evidence of a negative result from a Covid test before departure and undergo a test upon arrival.
Prayut said while he had earlier decided to initially open the door to 10 low-risk countries and slowly allow more nations to likewise enjoy this benefit, the situation had changed because other countries such as the Philippines, Australia and Malaysia are also relaxing entry measures and Covid regulations to draw tourists from several nations that are now permitting their citizens to travel overseas.
In light of this development Thailand has to move faster and do so right now because waiting for the perfect moment would be too slow with the tourists possibly deciding to go elsewhere.
The Prime Minister however cautioned that these low-risk countries also have to reciprocate and allow their citizens to travel to Thailand.
He added that there is a risk that this rapid acceration could lead to the number of infected people increasing but it is a risk this country has to accept.
Both Thailand and the rest of the world are now better able to cope with Covid-19 and we have to learn to live with this infection, he pointed out.
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