Thailand reopens to vaccinated tourists

Thailand reopens to vaccinated tourists

Tens of thousands of travellers are expected to arrive in Thailand as the country reopens to tourists after 18 months of Covid-19 restrictions.

Vaccinated tourists from more than 60 "low-risk" nations are allowed to enter the country and avoid hotel quarantine.

Tourist numbers are forecast to jump to as much as 15 million next year, bringing in more than $30bn.

However, much of country still faces restrictions, with only around 42% of the population fully-vaccinated.

Thailand is still registering almost 10,000 Covid infections a day, BBC reported.

The coronavirus pandemic hammered Thailand's economy, which would previously attract 40m tourists a year. Last year, tourist arrivals were down more than 80%.

Airports serving Bangkok and Phuket are among those opening to countries including UK, China, Japan, the US and most of Europe.

The Thai government predicts revenues to rebound to their pre-pandemic levels by 2023, although many industry experts say China's ongoing border closures will hamper the sector's recovery.