From November 1, fully vaccinated British tourists will be able to enter Thailand without having to quarantine, officials have said.
The Thai prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, has announced a reopening plan for travellers from 10 low-risk nations to Thailand, from the beginning of November. These include the UK, China, Germany and the US.
All arrivals will be required to show proof of a negative pre-departure PCR test, then take a second on-arrival Covid test.
So long as the on-arrival test is negative, travellers will be allowed to move freely around the country.
Half the Thai population has received one dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and 33% is fully vaccinated. It’s estimated that Thailand lost around £37 billion in tourism revenue in 2020.
The prime minister acknowledged that “the decision comes with some risk” and warned that the government would act decisively if the reopening of tourism led to a spike in infections of Covid-19.
Fiji is also preparing to reopen to vaccinated travellers, from December 1, and Sri Lanka has been open to vaccinated tourists since October 7.