Thailand: PM mulls quarantine ‘bypass’

  • Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has agreed to consider a proposal by the Phuket business community to allow foreign visitors to the island province who have already been vaccinated against Covid-19 bypass regular quarantine.
  • Those who have been inoculated, however, must still be quarantined, although the mandatory isolation period has been reduced from 14 to seven days.
  • As Thailand has to compete with other nations in luring back foreign tourists while Phuket has been designated the country’s first tourist destination to fully reopen to vaccinated foreign visitors, the government now needs to ensure its massive inoculation programme runs smoothly and proceeds as planned, said Gen Prayut on 30 Mar 21 after the weekly cabinet meeting.
  • “Phuket, for instance, has proposed that vaccinated tourists should be exempted from the mandatory quarantine. Well, if possible, I’m ready to take care of that,” he said.

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