Bangkok again more difficult of access since December 21 because of the Omicron variant (Photo: Luc Citrinot)

After one month of quasi-total reopening to the visitors, Thailand decided in just 24 hours to reintroduce a quarantine to the travellers

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front of the fear of the Omicron variant. A revision of the conditions of entry is possible on January 4th announced the government.

If the Kingdom seems to control well the pandemic of covid, the appearance of the variant Omicron forces one of the rare countries of Asia again opened to the world to make a pause. After announcing on Monday 20 December that it was thinking of reinstating the quarantine, the decision was taken on Tuesday by the government.

The government decided to temporarily suspend the entry of Thais and foreigners under the “Test & Go” program. It reinstates the compulsory quarantine in order to keep the variant of the Omicron coronavirus at bay. Travellers must now undergo an RT-PCR test and will be quarantined for 7 to 10 days, depending on their country of origin and their status.

A temporary restriction according to the government

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the government would stop approving new entry applications under its so-called “Test & Go” program. Only the Phuket Sandbox will remain open to visitors. This program allows tourists travelling to Phuket to enjoy relative freedom on the island exclusively.

This restriction is in effect until January 4. However, it does not affect visitors whose applications were previously approved. They will still be able to travel to the country under the previous conditions. A government spokesman told the Bangkok Post newspaper that visitors who have been approved for the Test & Go programme undergo two RT-PCR tests on arrival and their health is monitored.

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The prime minister said about 200,000 visitors had applied to enter the country through the Test & Go and Sandbox programmes, and about 110,000 of them had already arrived. However, according to the government, there is no question of closing the country in the short term, insisting that the restriction is temporary.

Luc Citrinot