Thailand has decided to adjust some COVID-19 prevention regulations for foreign visitors, but in the spirit of “non-discrimination” for visitors from any country.
After an inter-ministerial meeting on January 5, the Thai authorities decided to adjust a number of COVID-19 prevention regulations for foreign tourists, in the spirit of “non-discrimination” towards tourists. from any country.
Measures approved by the authorities include requiring all travelers to present proof of receipt of at least two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, for travelers traveling from Thailand to a country that requires a test result. If the PCR test result is negative, you must prove that you have purchased health insurance.
Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul explained that this will ensure travelers can cover the cost of treatment if their COVID-19 test in Thailand comes back positive. According to him, new measures are necessary because Thailand is the main destination for tourists from many countries, including China.
However, he emphasized the principle that there will not be any discrimination against a particular country because COVID-19 is spreading in all countries and the strains are the same.
During their stay in Thailand, travelers will be advised to protect themselves by wearing a mask in public places and on public transport, washing hands frequently, conducting antigen testing if necessary. have any symptoms and go to the hospital if symptoms get worse.
Minister Anutin Charnvirakul did not say when the new measures would take effect, but officials said the adjustments should start to be applied soon as China will ease COVID-19 travel restrictions. -19 from January 8 to.
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Thailand’s target to welcome foreign tourists this year has increased from 20 million to 25 million after China announced easing travel restrictions from January 8. However, Thai officials also said that Chinese tourists will increase gradually, not massively because flights are still limited and it takes time to apply for a visa. In addition, the Chinese government does not currently allow travel companies to organize groups of foreign tourists.
Meanwhile, Germany is changing its entry rules for people coming from China, according to which Germany requires visitors from the Asian country to take at least one rapid test to enter the country. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach made this announcement on January 5 and said that Germany will also conduct random checks and expand wastewater testing.
These measures are in line with recommendations made by European Union (EU) government officials on January 4.
Sweden will also require visitors from China to present a certificate of negative test for COVID-19 before they can enter the Nordic country. Swedish Health Minister Jakob Forssmed on January 5 made the above announcement and said that the Swedish government had decided to temporarily restrict the entry of people from China.
Previously, the US, Canada, Japan and France were also among the countries to impose new regulations, requiring people coming from China to present a certificate of negative test due to concerns about the number of COVID-19 cases increase.
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