BANGKOK, April 22 (TNA) – The Public Health Ministry will propose revocation of a compulsory RT-PCR test upon arrival on foreign visitors at the the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration meeting and recommend they do an antigen test for COVID-19 in 24 hours instead.
Dr Udom Kachintorn, advisor to CCSA, said the Ministry of Public Health proposed an end to RT-PCR tests on arrival but visitors must have received three shots of COVID-19 vaccination which the World Health Organization defined as “full vaccination”.
Instead, visitors will conduct an antigen test within 24 hours and register their arrival in the Thailand Pass system so that they can report the test result via the system.
The new measure will take effect on May 1.
The arrivals who have not received the full vaccination must be quarantined for five days and the quarantine for those who have not got a single jab will be 14 days.
Besides, CCSA resolved to reduce COVID-19 insurance coverage required from visitors to US$10,000 to stimulate tourism.
Data showed that only 0.5% of foreign arrivals were infected with COVID-19, so the restriction should be eased. Otherwise, the country would lose its economic recovery opportunities, Dr Udom said. (TNA)