May 20
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Thailand will resume a non-quarantine travel scheme from Feb. 1, officials said after the program was put on hold due to the rapidly expanding omicron variant, AFP reported.

Travel restrictions due to the pandemic have hit the tourism-dominated kingdom's economy, causing visitor numbers to drop to a trickle.

Fully vaccinated travelers will now be able to enter under the "test and travel" scheme. They must take Covid tests on the first and fifth days after arrival, Taweesin Visanuyothin, a spokesman for the country's Covid-19 task force, told reporters.

Visitors will have to self-isolate at the hotel while waiting for test results and download a tracking app to make sure they are following the rules.

Seeking to recover from its worst economic performance since the 1997 Asian financial crisis, Thailand launched a "test and travel" scheme in November as an alternative to a two-week hotel lockdown.

The program was suspended at the end of last month due to concerns about omicron, but because the number of deaths and hospitalizations did not increase.

In the event of an increase in the number of infections or a change in the situation, incoming travelers will be re-evaluated and adapted to the sandbox scheme, Visanuyothin said.

Under a sandbox program launched last year, fully vaccinated visitors spend seven nights at designated locations, such as the resort island of Phuket, before being allowed to travel to the rest of Thailand.

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