Published on : Monday, May 3, 2021
The pandemic has posed unexpected challenges and risks for every country depending heavily on tourism. Hence, these countries found it increasingly tough to strike a stable balance between sustaining the country, keeping people safe and restarting businesses. Unfortunately, it seems that Thailand after several attempts, still cannot get things right.
The Thai authorities recently announced reduced quarantine for visitors and shorter quarantine for vaccinated visitors. Preparing for quarantine- free travel to Phuket, Thailand seems to have changed its mind again.
Thailand had been preparing to accept vaccinated visitors to Phuket by July, without any quarantine requirements. However, there’s still a last-minute chance that could come true; but meantime, the country is making travelers incensed. Thailand has made overnight changes without any advanced warning, to end reduced quarantine, vaccinated or not, and is considering a full 14-day quarantine.
This means, all arrivals from the 6th of May, will require a longer stay, and up to another week before visitors can get out and enjoy the country. All visitors are required a supervised hotel quarantine.
Thailand is dealing with increasing Covid-19 cases, especially in hotspots including Bangkok, with slow rollout of the vaccine.
The news has left travelers who were willing to go through the 7-to-10-day quarantine, but not 14 days, struggling to cancel non-refundable trips.
Other tourism-dependent nations are reopening gradually, with either zero, or reduced quarantine for all vaccinated visitors, with exceptions for travelers who test negative.
The Maldives has remained open since July, with a negative PCR test required before traveling, fully vaccinating majority of its population.
In Thailand, plans keep changing, making travelers irate.