Thailand government has launched a new policy in an attempt to improve the pandemic-hit tourism industry across the country.
In an effort to improve the country’s pandemic-hit tourism industry, Thailand has relaxed travel restrictions for citizens of 56 countries, while tourists will be expected to undertake compulsory isolation for 14 days at the hotel.
Taweesin Visanuyothin, a spokesman for Thailand’s COVID-19 task force, said on Thursday that travelers from visa-free countries such as United States, Australia, and France can still travel without a visa but not without the COVID-19 free test. Moreover, the test should not be more than 72 hours.
He also added that tourists will have to stay at a hotel to complete the quarantine period of 14 days. In this way, their usual 30-day visa will be extended to 45 days.
Although visitors will experience three COVID-19 tests in quarantine, up from two previously needed, Taweesin said, adding that an increased number of tests with the intention of shortening the future quarantine time period.
The amendments in the decision came after it became hard to continue the domestic activity through the economy based on the tourism industry as the travel bans continue to keep the tourists away from the country.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanee Sangrat said, “The entry of tourists will stimulate the economy.
However, the tourists coming from the countries not listed in the notification can still acquire the 90-day special visa and COVID-19 free certificate.
The restrictions on Thailand’s entry helped keep its COVID-19 cases low at 4,281, but created huge financial damage and many job losses.
Tanee said, “We are confident in the Thai public health system, before this we were not sure, but now we are confident in the system”.