At today’s meeting, the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration resolved to gradually relax COVID-19 controls for foreign arrivals beginning on 1st April, shortening or lifting quarantine periods and increasing the range of activities allowed them.
CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said that from 1st April visitors would not be required to show a fit-to-fly document.
From 1st April to 30th September, quarantine facilities of various forms would remain operative.
From 1st October on they would be replaced with “close observation” devices and “bubble and seal” measures would be imposed at airports, transport routes, tourist destinations and communities near tourist destinations.
From 1st April to 30th June, quarantined arrivals would be allowed to leave their rooms to go to a gymnasium, outdoor exercise area, swimming pool and controlled areas for cycling and outside shopping.
From 1st July to 30th September, they would be able to eat in restaurants at their hotels and have health massages.
From 1st October onwards, quarantine would be required only for people arriving from specified areas.
On the issue of quarantine duration, Dr Visanuyothin said, from 1st April to 30th September, arrivals without a vaccination certificate (VC) and COVID-19 free certificate (CFC) would be quarantined for 10 days, and be tested for the disease twice.
Arrivals with VCs and CFCs would be quarantined for seven days and tested once. Those with VCs but without CFCs would be tested twice.
The 14-day quarantine period would remain for arrivals from areas where the COVID-19 virus has mutated, which is of global concern, Dr Visanuyothin said.