A woman walks through the arrivals area of Phuket International Airport in Thailand on November 1, 2021. (Photo: AFP / Mladen Antonov)
BANGKOK: Thailand will restore its mandatory COVID-19 quarantine for foreign visitors and abolish a quarantine waiver starting Tuesday (December 21), a government spokeswoman said amid concerns about the spread of Omicron -Variant of the coronavirus.
The decision to discontinue Thailand’s waiver of « Test and Go » means that visitors have to undergo a hotel quarantine that lasts between 7 and 10 days.
In the meantime, a so-called » Sandbox « program, which requires you to stay in a certain location, but allows you to move freely outside your accommodation, in all locations except on the holiday island of Phuket.
» After December 21, there will be no new registrations for ‘ Test and go ‘, only quarantine or Phuket sandbox, « said Deputy Government Spokeswoman Rachada Dhanadirek.
Thailand had back in November for foreigners Open to visitors, ending almost 18 months of strict entry regulations that contributed to a collapse in tourism, a major industrial and economic engine that attracted 40 million visitors in 2019.
Thailand has so far discovered 63 cases related to the Omicron- Variant infected, including one case with local transmission and the rest imported cases.
About 200,000 visitors who had previously registered for the quarantine waiver and sandbox program are still eligible, said government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana.
Singapore opened its vaccinated Thailand itinerary on December 14th, which will allow fully vaccinated passengers on designated flights from Thailand to enter Singapore without quarantine.
Authorities previously advised Singaporeans and residents to follow the latest measures in the area of public health and borders in the countries they visit and for No Plan ahead.
CNA has contacted the Thai authorities about the impact on Singapore visitors intending to travel to Thailand and then return to Singapore via the vaccinated itinerary.
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