Thailand is taking steps to make traveling there more feasible, lifting quarantine requirements for vaccinated travelers on the island of Phuket.
On Friday, the country’s COVID-19 task force gave the island the green light to start receiving vaccinated travelers restriction-free starting in July, Reuters reported. The expectation is that, by then, the island will have vaccinated 70 percent of its own residents. As more Thai citizens become vaccinated over this year, more holiday destinations will have their quarantine requirements lifted.
To expedite this process, Thailand has ordered an additional five million AstraZeneca vaccine doses, as well as five million more Sinovac Biotech vaccines, bringing its overall vaccine total to 73 million doses. With the main vaccination drive slated to start in June, the country hopes to immunize half of its total population by the end of the year.
Thailand health official Kaittiphum Wongraijit told Reuters, “If we can inoculate 50% to 60% of the population we can open the country safely and move the economy and tourism forward.”
For now entry requirements remain strict, including mandatory quarantine for incoming international visitors.
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