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“No new Covid rules needed” – Thailand can handle return of Chinese tourists, PM

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Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha

The Thai PM has spoken over his confidence that Thailand “can handle the return of Chinese tourists and any potential Covid-19 risk”. According to a Nation Thailand report, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says he doesn’t see the need for any special rules to be applied to visitors from China. China re-opens its borders from this coming Sunday, following nearly 3 years of some of the world’s tightest travel restrictions.

The PM went on to say China’s decision to end restrictions is a positive development for Thailand’s tourism sector. He adds that the kingdom has adequate measures in place to protect the public healthcare system and these measures have been recognised as some of the best.

Asked about other countries imposing restrictions on arrivals from China, such as requiring a negative Covid-19 test result, the PM says he’s confident Thailand can manage without such rules and the return of Chinese tourists will be a welcome revenue-generator for the country.

To date, the US, Japan, India, Italy, Malaysia, South Korea, UK, France, Spain, Morocco and Taiwan have all introduced tighter controls on arrivals from China.

China is currently experiencing a surge in Covid-19 infections, following Beijing’s recent and sudden decision to drop all restrictions.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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