Thailand makes U-turn on COVID vaccination rule for visitors

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Thailand has revoked an entry policy announced two days ago requiring visitors to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination, Thai health minister Anutin Charnvirakul said, citing sufficient immunisation levels in China and globally. Chinese visitors have been crucial for Thailand, accounting for about a quarter of its annual visitors before the pandemic. On Monday, minister Anutin said checking evidence of vaccinations was inconvenient and a panel of health experts had agreed to withdraw the new rule, which was announced on Saturday by aviation authorities ahead of an expected deluge of visitors from China, where COVID cases have surged. The first flight from China arrived in Thailand on Monday, the first of a group of 3,465 passengers expected on the first day. Al Jazeera’s Tony Cheng reports from Bangkok, Thailand. Subscribe to our channel: http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/ Check out our Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/aljazeeraenglish/ #Thailand #COVID19 #China #ChinaReopens #ChinaCovidCases #VisitThailand #ThailandTourism
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