Good news for travellers out there, it is with confidence that Thailand’s National Communicable Disease Committee (NCDC) has issued its agreement to reduce the average 14 day quarantine period to a more manageable 10 day period for new arrivals to the country who may be suspected of the COVID-19 and it has also agreed to tighten its safety precautions and increase the closeness of how it tracks those who have completed their quarantine.
Although this decision has been approved internally it has thus been submitted for review by the NCDC to the CCSA (Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration). The surety of this decision is that Thailand is more than well equipped to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic with its state of the art laboratories, medical care and medical personnel. The significant lack thereof and incident-free severe cases of COVID-19 in hospitals and across the country is testament to the care and quality of service as it is stated that the fatality rate is only 2%.
Therefore, the decision to push this forward is the relatively low 5% chance of symptoms showing post quarantine, compared to the 1% chance, of a 14 day vs a 10 day. The difference is minor and it will not waste too much of the foreign tourist’s time.