The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is set to debate a proposal from a sub-committee tomorrow, November 18th, 2020, on reducing quarantine from fourteen days to ten days for low risk countries.
This comes as some prominent Thai doctors have warned that cases could “spiral out of control” with the policy with as many as 700 cases a day if the policy is implemented, despite reassurances by the Department of Disease Control and the Ministry of Public Health. These doctors have urged the government to wait until upcoming vaccines are widely available and distributed, likely in the next six months.
The Minister of Public Health, Anutin Charnvirakul, spoke to the press late yesterday and stated that while he understood the fears and concerns of doctors and prominent Thai citizens they were unfounded and the CCSA would only be considering the lowest of the low risk countries for the policy, such as Taiwan and New Zealand.
Anutin was also asked about a proposal to allow in Chinese visitors from 22 provinces with no quarantine that had zero to no cases of Covid-19 officially in five months or longer. The Minister stated that this proposal was still being discussed and in the early stages and no final decisions were being made on any such so-called “travel bubble”.
The Thai Tourism Authority as well as several significant tourism related organizations are urging the government to consider letting in Chinese tourists from low risk provinces. The Pattaya News notes that China has “banned” Chinese based organized tour groups, however individual Chinese citizens are still allowed to leave the country.