Taweeslip Visaniuyothin, a spokesperson for the Thai Covid-19 Situation Administration Center, said visitors to Thailand will not be required to have a negative certificate for Covid-19 from April 1. This regulation applies to all visitors entering Thailand in any form.
Current regulations require visitors entering Thailand to have a PCR test 48 hours in advance and have negative results. But from April 1, visitors will only need to take the PCR test on the first day after entry and the rapid test on the 5th day of travel.
This move to ease restrictions is one of the Golden Temple Country’s efforts to restore the tourism industry that was badly damaged after the pandemic.
Over the past two years, draconian travel restrictions have helped Thailand reduce the number of Covid-19 infections and deaths in the early stages of the pandemic. However, the impact of the epidemic has seriously affected the tourism industry, which accounts for about a fifth of the country’s economy, according to ABC News.
At the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration meeting, Thailand continued to relax epidemic prevention measures in 24 provinces, mainly in the north and northeast of the country.
The capital Bangkok and eight other provinces have fully reopened to become a tourism testing ground. In these destinations, mass gatherings are not restricted and restaurants with a certificate of epidemic prevention are allowed to sell alcohol.
Currently, Thailand is registering about 25,000 new cases of Covid-19 every day as the Omicron variant spreads. The Golden Temple tourism industry is estimated to welcome some 5 million foreign visitors this year.
@ Sing News