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Thailand reopen quarantine-free travel from 46 nations from Nov 1

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Thailand will let vaccinated visitors from 46 countries forgo Covid-19 quarantine from next month, up from 10 previously announced, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Thursday.

The South-east Asian country is poised to introduce the new quarantine-free journey arrangements on Nov 1 as it seeks to revive its vital tourism industry.

The 46 nations consist of Britain, the United States, China, Singapore, Germany and Australia, according to the ministry of foreign affairs.

Mr Prayut said the visitors should skip mandatory quarantine as long as they arrive via air, have been totally vaccinated and have a document to exhibit they are virus-free.

Thailand will reopen the capital Bangkok and different key traveller destinations, inclusive of Hua Hin and Pattaya, where curfews will be lifted at the end of the month, in accordance to the Royal Gazette released late on Thursday.

Strict entry requirements and quarantine measures helped hold Thailand’s coronavirus outbreaks under control till current months, however the curbs noticed arrival numbers plummet to a fraction of the nearly 40 million site visitors seen in 2019.

Thailand lost about US$50 billion (S$67 billion) in tourism income last year, an 82 per cent plunge.

It started out with a pilot reopening that began on July 1 on its most famous island, Phuket, which has been vaccinating most of its nearby population.

Just 100,000 foreign visitors are anticipated this year, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

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