Thailand to reopen to some vaccinated visitors

Thailand will re-open to fully vaccinated foreign visitors from at least 10 low-risk countries at the beginning of November.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced that such travelers, who still need to show a negative PCR test, will be exempted from quarantine on arrival.

In a televised speech on Monday, Prayut said the selected countries would include China, Germany, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and the United States.

The announcement came as the government is hoping to boost its struggling tourism industry for the new year holiday season. The industry was badly damaged after foreign tourists were barred in April of last year.

But as the country is still seeing around 10,000 daily COVID infections, some are voicing concern about such plans.