As part of plans to stimulate a rebound in tourism, some countries have moved to waive compulsory quarantine for international travellers who have received a coronavirus vaccine.

In late March it was announced that, as of July 1, foreigners visiting the popular Thai holiday island of Phuket will be exempt from quarantine upon arrival if they have received two vaccine doses.

  • – As of July 1, vaccinated travellers to Phuket will be exempt from mandatory quarantine
  • – The strategy is being combined with mass vaccinations to trigger a recovery in tourism
  • – The plan could provide a blueprint for the successful resumption of international travel
  • – Governments are increasingly looking towards travel bubbles and quarantine exemptions

Local officials also stated that after one week in Phuket without showing symptoms – and testing negative – tourists would then be able to travel to the rest of the country.

A significant turnaround in Thailand’s pandemic strategy.

The decision marks a significant turnaround in Thailand’s pandemic strategy. The implementation of strict two-week quarantine measures for overseas visitors and Thais returning from abroad has been central to the country successfully limiting the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths to 30,000 and 95, respectively.

Restrictions were already eased somewhat in April, with the…

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