Thailand will reintroduce a quarantine-free visa programme for vaccinated tourists from next month. This tourism-dependent country shifts its focus to economic recovery following a drop in new Covid-19 infections.
International travellers from all countries will be able to apply for visas under Test & Go entry programme beginning on February 1. Following their arrival, visitors will be subjected to two Covid tests: one upon entry and another on the fifth day. Over the last two years, Thailand has experimented with many visa, quarantine, and tourism programmes to support a sector that contributed roughly one-fifth of GDP prior to the pandemic.
After spikes in the omicron variant were detected among foreign arrivals and in several local communities, the Southeast Asian nation suspended its quarantine-free programme in late December. The decision to restart the quarantine-free travel programme is consistent with the government’s call to treat Covid-19 as an endemic, as well as efforts to revitalize an industry that employs millions of people.