Holiday boost as popular hotspot backtracks on new Covid rules | The Sun

A POPULAR holiday hotspot has backtracked just days after they claimed they would be bringing Covid rules back.

Last week, Thailand said they would be reintroducing entry rules from the pandemic following the situation in China.

The country's Public Health Minister Anutin Charnviraku confirmed that tourists would have to show proof of vaccination to enter Thailand.

This would apply to all tourists, so they wouldn't be discriminating between countries.

Charnviraku previously told the Bangkok Post: “New measures are necessary because Thailand is a major destination for travellers from many countries including China but the measures must be non-discriminatory.

“The principle is there will not be any discrimination against a particular country because Covid-19 is spreading in all countries and the strains are similar.”

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However, Thailand has since made a u-turn on this, due to "sufficiant immunity levels" in both China and globally.

Charnviraku, along with a number of other health experts confirmed that they would be withdrawing the rule.

This means anyone who is not vaccinated can still visit Thailand without any restrictions.

He told reporters: "Showing proof of vaccination would be cumbersome and inconvenient, and so the group’s decision is that it is unnecessary".

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Other countries in Europe are reintroducing Covid measures for visitors from China.

Passengers arriving at Spanish airports from China will now also be screened for Covid as well as need to be vaccinated or have a negative Covid test.

All arrivals will also need to have a negative Covid test or proof of vaccination.

France requires travellers to provide a negative COVID test result less than 48 hours before departure, along with the US, Canada and Australia.

Italy is also screening passengers after more than half of the passengers on one flight from China to Italy were positive for Covid.

Passengers arriving in the UK from China must also have a negative Covid test before travelling.


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