Thailand changed its mind about imposing restrictions on tourists

Thailand has lifted a policy announced over the weekend requiring visitors to show evidence of COVID-19 vaccinations, Thailand's health minister said on Monday, according to local media.

On Monday, January 9, the Thai media, citing Thai Minister of Health Anutin Charnvirakul, reported that Thailand would not impose the restrictions previously announced for the entry of tourists (vaccination certificates).

“Proof of vaccination is not required, because there is sufficient immunization throughout the world. The unvaccinated will be allowed to enter without restrictions,” the Thai health minister was quoted as saying.

These data are confirmed by the observations of tourists who arrived in Thailand today. They did not ask for any documents, except for a passport, at the border at Thai airports. and editorial offices in Thailand itself also report that a document is about to be released where there will be no restrictions in the entry rules.

Obviously, the considerations not to lose significant money from a sharp drop in tourist traffic (most vaccination certificates ended not only for Russians, but also for citizens of other countries) outweighed the irrational fear of the omicron.

Especially , as has been repeatedly proven during the course of the pandemic itself, the presence of vaccinations, testing and quarantines does not in any way affect the spread of respiratory viruses, which include covid. The most striking examples can be found here.


The final figures for the tourist flow to Thailand for 2022 will be published soon. We already have data for the first week of 2023.

According to fresh Thai statistics, which were provided to Vestnik ATOR at the Moscow office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in the first six days of January, the kingdom received 39,406 tourists from Russia.

Alexandra Polyanskaya

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