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Thailand Reduces Quarantine, Paperwork For Vaccinated

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A surfer carries his board ashore as the sun sets over Kata Beach on the resort island of Phuket, Thailand on Sunday, May 26, 2019. Thailand hopes to first fully reopen the island of Phuket, its most popular destination, by July 1 for vaccinated visitors without quarantine. But they will be required to spend a certain time, possibly up to a week, on Phuket before they are allowed to travel elsewhere in Thailand. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck)

(AP) — Thailand has begun halving the quarantine time for vaccinated visitors as a first step to allowing inoculated people into the country without the need to isolate.

The pandemic has devastated Thailand’s tourism industry but strict border measures have left the country relatively unscathed. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson says travelers are no longer required to have fit-to-fly documents issued by Thai consulates from Thursday.

Foreigners still have to show a negative test result. Those who are certified to have been vaccinated will be allowed to spend seven days in special quarantine hotels, compared to the previous 14 days. Unvaccinated people must spend 10 days. Thailand hopes to first fully reopen the island of Phuket, its most popular destination, by July.

 

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