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Thailand returns to nightmare covid rules applying to all travellers


Link Here10th January 2023
Thailand has taken a number of knee jerk responses to China's re-opening of its boarders to foreign travel even though there is a significant surge in covid cases in China.

Thailand is desperate to see the return of Chinese tourists and is also desperate to keep in China's good books. So instead of imposing border restrictions on Chinese visitors bring in covid, Thailand decided to avoid seeming to discriminate against Chinese visitors by applying covid based restrictions to all foreign inbound travellers.

And ludicrously Thailand decided to impose restrictions with hardly any advance notice. On Saturday Thailand announced that it would bar all incoming travellers that had not received a full dose of covid vaccination (typically 2 shots). It sent round a communication to all airlines to stop unvaccinated people from boarding flights arriving from Monday.

This lead to significant holiday cancellations, particularly from Russia, where vaccination coverage is low. Thai hoteliers loudly protested their loss of trade and seem to have persuaded Thai authorities to change their stance. So on Sunday Thailand changes its rules again and said unvaccinated people could board flights but would be tested on arrival.

Of course Thailand has not specified how such testing would take place, and what are the nightmare consequences should a traveller test positive for covid.

No doubt there will be further developments to follow.

Update: Total policy failure

10th January 2023. See article from thepattayanews.com

Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul stated on January 9th, 2023 that a controversial rule to require proof of documentation of Covid vaccination to fly to Thailand will be canceled.

 

Offsite Comment: Nobody Won After the Recent Debacle

10th January 2023. See article from thepattayanews.com


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