Thailand to allow quarantine-free travel from 46 countries, PM says – .

Thailand to allow quarantine-free travel from 46 countries, PM says – .

Hotel drivers wait for passengers at the airport, as Phuket reopens its doors to foreign tourists, allowing foreigners fully vaccinated against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to visit the resort island without quarantine, in Phuket , Thailand, July 1, 2021. REUTERS / Jorge Silva

BANGKOK, Oct.21 (Reuters) – Thailand will let vaccinated visitors from 46 countries waive COVID-19 quarantine starting next month, up from 10 previously announced, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Thursday.

The Southeast Asian country is set to introduce the new non-quarantine travel arrangements on November 1 as it seeks to revive its vital tourism industry.

The 46 countries include Britain, the United States, China, Singapore, Germany and Australia, according to the Foreign Office.

Prayuth said visitors can skip the mandatory quarantine as long as they arrive by air, have been fully vaccinated and have a document proving they are virus-free.

Thailand will reopen the capital Bangkok and other key tourist destinations, including Hua Hin and Pattaya, where curfews will be lifted at the end of the month, according to the Royal Gazette published Thursday evening.

Strict entry requirements and quarantine measures have helped bring coronavirus outbreaks in Thailand under control until recent months, but restrictions have seen the number of arrivals drop to a fraction of the nearly 40 million visitors seen in 2019.

Thailand lost around $ 50 billion in tourism revenue last year, a drop of 82%.

It all started with a pilot reopening that began on July 1 on its most popular island, Phuket, which has vaccinated most of its local population.

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

Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Orathai Sriring; Writing by John Geddie; Editing by Nick Macfie and Andrew Heavens

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