Thailand has begun to ease restrictions on movement and gatherings, allowing restaurants, malls, hair salons, bars, pubs and open-air markets to re-open, provided that social distancing is maintained and subject to proprietors carrying out temperature checks. However, Thailand's State of Emergency has been extended until the end of August.
Thailand's rate of new infections enabled the Thai government to loosen restrictions while tightening movement tracking requirements. Shoppers must use the 'Thai Chana' app on their mobile phones to check-in and check-out of shops. The app has been created to collect visitor records in shops and also provide details such as opening hours and visitor limits among others. Shops must also register with Thai Chana.
There is keen interest in a push for Thailand to successfully develop a COVID-19 vaccine for medical tourism purposes, as well as to help in domestic healthcare. Manpower and resources have been dedicated to the effort, and Thai trials of an experimental vaccine using monkeys started last month. The Government is hopeful it will have a cost-effective vaccine ready for next year.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has defined 11 categories of persons who will be allowed to enter Thailand by aircraft beginning 1 July 2020. However, Thailand’s “travel bubble” scheme, which would allow limited numbers of certain groups of tourists from nations or areas deemed COVID-19 free by the World Health Organisation, is likely to be delayed. The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has announced the delay after several countries considered for the scheme saw resurgences of the virus.