Thailand: Bangkok gets ready to welcome foreign visitors from Feb 1 as Covid-19 cases are getting lesser


BANGKOK, Jan 24 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): Thailand is reopening to foreign travellers under the “Test & Go” scheme from February 1, though this time some changes have been made.

Under the new set-up, tourists will have to isolate for five days and take RT-PCR tests on the first and the fifth day. They also have to provide proof of prepayment for the tests as well as payment for five days accommodation in a government-approved SHA hotel or alternative quarantine (AQ).

Tourists arriving under the Test & Go scheme are also required to show proof of medical insurance.

Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said on Sunday that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has inspected restaurants and entertainment venues that have turned into eateries. BMA is also looking for night venues that may be operating illegally.

The authorities have also ordered district offices to allow entertainment venues, pubs, bars and karaoke joints that want to operate as restaurants to put in place all prevention measures and receive the SHA+ or Thai Stop Covid 2 Plus certification.

These establishments will first be evaluated by relevant district offices before being allowed to operate.

Menawhile, Ministry of Public Health reported on Monday (January 24) morning that in the past 24 hours there are 7,139 new patients who tested positive for Covid-19, 195 of whom have arrived in Thailand from abroad.

Death toll increased by 13, while 8,100 patients were cured and allowed to leave hospitals.

The country’s total caseload from Covid-19 stands at 2,384,639 – 2,280,109 of whom have recovered, 82,485 are still in hospitals and 22,045 have died.

Separately, another 49,456 people were given their first Covid-19 shot in the last 24 hours, 101,051 their second shot and 438,401 a booster, bringing the total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered nationwide to 112,471,503.

According to Worldometer, confirmed cases globally had risen to 352.13 million on Monday, 279.85 million of whom have recovered, 66.67 million are active cases (95,653 in severe condition) and 5.61 million have died (up by 4,627).

Thailand ranks 26th in the global list of most cases, which is topped by the US with 71.93 million, followed by India with 39.54 million, Brazil with 24.04 million, France with 16.69 million and the UK with 15.78 million. - The Nation Thailand/ANN

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