As part of efforts to revive its tourism industry, Thailand will be easing travel restrictions for citizens from over 50 countries subject to a quarantine period.

In a report on the Bangkok Post on December 18, Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin stated travelers from 56 countries including Australia, France, and the United States can enter the country without a visa. While entry will be visa-free, travelers will need to show proof they are free of COVID-19 72 hours before departure and a booking at a quarantine hotel.

Visitors will be subject to a 14-day quarantine. To accommodate the quarantine period, the 30-day visa will be extended to 45 days.

Upon arrival, travelers will take three COVID-19 tests during the 14-day quarantine period. Arrivals to Thailand are currently tested twice.

According to Taweesilp, more testing could lead to a shorter quaratine period in the future. The Thai government will assess the change through December 31 to determine if the quarantine period could be reduced to 10 days.

Travelers from other countries not included on the announcement could still be eligible for a 90-day special tourist visa and a certificate of entry.

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