RESTRICTIONS STILL IN PLACE
Emergency decree extended until 15 January.
- The Thai government extended the state of emergency to 15 January to prevent increase in infections during the New Year festival and the international badminton tournament. The extension allows the authorities to make decision, such as enforcement of mandatory quarantines and streamlining of disease-control plans.
- The authorities have been relaxing control measures to allow businesses to fully reopen and some travelers to enter the border.
- The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has also approved “in-principle” to reduce quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days.
- In preparation for the reopening of borders, the country is planning to introduce a COVID-19 tracing app for overseas tourists. The country is also in discussion with China to build a quarantine-free travel bubble by January to revive the tourism industry. Under the travel bubble, tourists will need to take a coronavirus test and enable mobile tracking but do not need to go through mandatory quarantine.