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In a new development that even the most optimistic did not see coming, Thailand will overtake the vast majority of Asia, and even the Western Hemisphere, in treating Covid as an endemic disease. From October, the once ultra-strict country will relegate the pathogen to the same category as the flu viruseffectively treating both the same.
After more than two years of enforcing strict regulations aimed at curbing the spread of the virus, Thailand has gradually eased its stance this year, ditching the highly controversial Thailand Pass, which was seen as a barrier to most foreign visitors. , and removing all mask requirements. now, will take another big step in restoring normality.
Here’s everything you need to know about Thailand’s Covid reclassification and what it means for tourists:
Thailand close to fully restoring normality
Unlike other popular tourist spots, such as Germany and Cyprus, which have recently made a U-turn and tightened the pandemic rules once again, Thailand is following a different path despite the rise of new subvariants of Omicron. You might wonder why, seeing as it stood among some of the most conservative Asian states not long ago.
In short, the Ministry of Public Health, responsible for the response against Covid, has finally admitted that the situation has begun to ‘stabilize’ and the virus, although still ‘dangerous’. it no longer justifies the state of emergency. Interestingly, cases in Thailand have remained stable while other neighboring countries have seen new increases.
According to data shared by Worldometers, the moving average of new reported cases is 2,190 for the 7-day period ending August 11 – r.almost the same as a month ago on July 11, when the average was 2,134. There has been a slight increase, yes, but it has not strained the local health sector, nor has it led to an increase in deaths.
For this reason, Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, a central figure in Thai politics during the pandemic years, has confirmed that Covid will join other viruses such as influenza, the author of influenza and dengue, responsible for dengue fever, in list of communicable diseases. that just need ‘monitoring’.
Visiting Thailand is easier than it has been since 2020
This will happen in October and will ‘reflect reality‘ of the pandemic in Thailand, according to Charnvirakul himself. Previously, Thailand had used multiple lockdowns and social restrictions to contain the virus, going so far as to ban foreigners from multiple destinations in an effort to keep out new variants.
Until recently, tourists had also been subject to strict vaccination, testing and isolation mandates, as well as Thailand’s notoriously confusing quarantine entry schemes. While it has not yet imitated those like Mexico, or even its Asian partner, Vietnam fully removal of entry requirements, visiting Thailand is now easier than it has been since 2020.
Basically, foreigners must provide one of the following documents to be allowed entry without quarantine:
- An active vaccination certificate, or
- A negative Covid test (RT-PCR or Side Flow) within 72 hours of boarding their flight
Is Covid finally on the back burner?
By effectively declaring the disease endemic, as previously indicated it would, Thailand is reasserting itself as a friendly tourist destination and completely changing their Covid strategy. Not our words, the Minister of Health’s: he believes it is now it is up to the public to take care of their healthinstead of being closely guarded by the national government.
In his statement, the minister listed the ‘readiness’ of Thailand’s healthcare system, as well as access to treatment, as reasons why Covid is no longer as disruptive as it once was. Before this update, the virus had the same status as plague and smallpoxtwo other conditions that really threaten the lives and functioning of society.
In fact, monkeypox, an entity closely related to the latter, has been making the rounds recently and has caused many destinations, even the World Health Organization, to sound the alarm. like new, more pressing issues confront travelersincluding new health concerns, Covid looks set to finally take a back seat.
In Thailand, this will be official starting this fall.
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