Thailand plans to relax quarantine rules for foreign visitors starting next month as part of a series of steps being considered to revitalize the country’s tourism sector, the Bangkok Post reported.

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration will be considering a proposal on Monday that would allow foreign visitors to leave their hotel rooms after three days of mandatory two-week quarantine, the newspaper reported. The so-called hotel quarantine in the region will continue to oblige tourists to limit themselves to real estate, it said.

The Quarantine relaxationDiscussed at a meeting chaired by Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn on Saturday, is initially being considered for top five travel destinations such as Phuket and Krabi, the Post reported. The Covid Panel will also discuss a proposal to lift the quarantine requirement for vaccinated visitors.

Thailand is betting on a revitalization of tourism, which accounted for around a fifth of the country’s gross domestic product before the pandemic, in order to bring Southeast Asia’s second largest economy back on a growth path. The local tourism industry has called for the mandatory quarantines to be lifted as early as July 1 so that they can potentially be made accessible to millions of vaccinated visitors.

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