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Thailand eases rules for foreign visitors to reboot tourism

Thailand will further relax entry rules for foreign visitors starting next month, bowing to demand from the local tourism industry to lower costs as more countries ease border controls to lure holiday-makers, reports The Business Times.

Vaccinated visitors to the Southeast Asian nation won’t be required to undergo a mandatory polymerase chain reaction test on the fifth day of the arrival starting March 1. Instead, they can do a self antigen test, scrapping the requirement to have a confirmed hotel reservation for the test.

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Thailand’s main virus task force chaired by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha, also lowered the minimum medical insurance coverage for visitors to USD 20,000 from USD 50,000.

Thailand is making it easier for travellers to its famed beaches, Buddhist temples and national parks after nearly two years of tight border curbs decimated its tourism industry.

 

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