Thailand is considering opening up to vaccinated tourists this summer.
The Southeast Asian nation, which is highly dependent on tourism, has signalled that it is thinking about axing the two-week quarantine requirement for travellers that have been vaccinated.
Today, the tourism minister announced that Thailand will open five provinces for international tourists: the island of Phuket; Surat Thani (which includes the islands of Ko Samui, Ko Phangan and Ko Tao); capital Bangkok; Chiang Mai; and Chonburi.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha has asked his government to look into vaccine certificates, reports Bloomberg, which could open up the country to inoculated visitors as early as 1 July.
In 2019, almost 40 million international tourists travelled to Thailand.
Currently, all visitors to Thailand have to quarantine for two weeks at a government facility.
Earlier this week, leading hospitality businesses across Thailand launched a campaign to reopen the borders to international tourism from July.
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The campaign, #OpenThailandSafely, is supported by more than 15 major hospitality companies across the country…