No plans to reverse re-opening, regardless of Omicron variant – Tourism Ministry

Thailand’s Tourism Minister says there will be no going back for the country’s re-opening plans, regardless of the emergence of the Omicron variant. According to a Bangkok Post report, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn says closing the borders is not an option anymore.
“Nobody needs another border closure because it was actually difficult for us to re-open the country. Our financial system nonetheless suffers from the disaster, so there might be no extra border seals unless we are in a very critical scenario.”

Phiphat says the primary 29 days of the country’s re-opening saw more than 100,000 foreign travellers arrive. This is double the numbers seen throughout 3 months of the Phuket sandbox scheme. The tourism minister says this reveals that quarantine-free is the way to go if the country wants to welcome extra worldwide vacationers. He’s optimistic that Thailand may obtain between 300,000 and four hundred,000 overseas arrivals by the tip of the 12 months.
However, the invention of the Omicron Covid-19 variant in South Africa means the plan to introduce antigen take a look at kits to exchange PCR testing on arrival is likely to be postponed. Last chance adds that Covid-19 vaccination additionally must be accelerated for these who are still unvaccinated, to find a way to defend them from serious sickness.
“We need to speed up the vaccination plan for residents which might help guard ourselves against the attainable new wave. By December, our country will full 110 – a hundred and twenty million doses for the whole population and such safety will no much less than keep away from extreme circumstances for many who are contaminated.”

Meanwhile, the cut-off time for the sale of alcohol in Bangkok restaurants has been prolonged from 9pm to 11pm from tomorrow, while Phuket has been given the green gentle to serve booze all night on New Year’s Eve. The Bangkok Post stories that, along with Phuket, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is organising countdown occasions in Ayutthaya, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chiang Mai, and Chon Buri.
A summary of what we all know up to now concerning the Omicron variant may be found HERE.
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