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Thai tourism sector calls for easing of COVID-19 requirements to boost arrivals

BANGKOK: Tourism organisations in Thailand have known as on the federal government to ease the COVID-19 necessities for worldwide guests to boost arrivals in time for the Easter holidays in April.

Presidents of 20 tourism associations and councils submitted a letter to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and associated officers, asking for modifications within the authorities’s COVID-19 protocols for abroad travellers.

Gen Prayut heads the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), which determines Thailand’s instructions to manage the unfold of the coronavirus.

In a letter dated Feb 16, the business gamers requested CCSA to think about waiving the requirement for worldwide travellers to endure a second reverse transcription-polymerase chain response (RT-PCR) take a look at on the fifth day of their keep.

“This is because the rates of infection among tourists on Day 5 are lower than the rates of local infections at present. This will also reduce tourists’ expenses,” the letter stated.

Other requests embody a decreased quantity of journey insurance coverage protection from US$50,000 to US$25,000, and a shorter quarantine interval for travellers who take a look at optimistic for COVID-19 from 10 days to 5 days.

Currently, travellers whose COVID-19 take a look at end result returns as optimistic, are required to stay in isolation for 10 days for medical remedy at a hospital, a lodge or different quarantine amenities.

Besides, the tourism operators additionally known as on CCSA to calm down the quarantine requirement for high-risk contacts in case they take a look at detrimental for COVID-19 on the primary day.

“Countries which can be our opponents in tourism corresponding to Vietnam and Japan are making ready to announce the comfort of journey measures in April.

Such rest by varied international locations has made Thailand start to lose its competitiveness in tourism on the worldwide stage, that means vacationers would select to go to international locations with out such measures as a substitute of coming to Thailand,” the letter stated.




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