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Thailand on your bucket list? Here’s some good news if you’re vaxxed

The country is bracing itself for a rush of tourists after introducing quarantine-free entry for the fully vaccinated

Suttinee Yuvejwattana and Prim Chuwiruch

Thailand expects to welcome hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers a month with the kickoff of a quarantine-free visa programme that’s set to serve as a model for tourism-reliant countries balancing safe border reopenings with economic revival. 

Visitors of any nationality can now apply for quarantine-free entry into Thailand, provided they are fully vaccinated. The government expects between 200,000 and 300,000 travellers to take advantage of the so-called Test & Go programme in February alone, with the numbers expected to swell in the following months.

The wider reopening — a previous quarantine-free programme was restricted to visitors from only about 60 countries — is part of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s push to adopt a “living with the Covid-19 strategy” to rescue the pandemic-battered economy. About a fifth of GDP before the virus came from tourism-related activities. ..

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