Thailand moves together: drive tourist transport safely in an endemic era
Minister of Health chairs ‘Thailand Moving Together’ sits down with business sector to drive tourism and transport safely in endemic era
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul chaired the meeting session “Thailand Moving Together: Hug, Eat, Fly, Travel, Live Together” and organized a public hearing with operators from the tourism sectors and transport examining ways to transition to the endemic Covid-19 sentence, allowing increasing numbers of tourists to enter the kingdom. The easing of restrictions aims to stimulate the economy and allow the public to live safely with Covid backed by sufficient public health facilities and support.
Mr. Anutin was accompanied by: Saksayam Chidchob, Minister of Transport; Siraphop Duangsodsri, Advisor to the Minister of Tourism and Sports; Dr Kiattiphum Wongrachit, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health; Chayatham Promsorn, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport; and Chote Trachu, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.
“Thailand’s tourism and hospitality sector has been living with the adversity caused by Covid-19 and the country’s lockdown for more than two years,” the public health minister said. “The Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Ministry of Transport are working closely together to provide solutions to rebalance pandemic controls in order to facilitate the opening of the country. Currently, the Covid-19 situation is improving with a steady decrease in the number of cases and deaths. This is due to the cooperation of the public and business owners to follow preventive measures and other restrictions, including lockdown measures, closure of services, provision of social distancing areas, system improvements ventilation, the supply of vaccines for staff and Covid tests for staff. These collaborations allow the Ministry of Public Health to offer more other easing policies to facilitate tourism operators.
“As of May 1, 2022, the government has ended the Test & Go program allowing fully vaccinated tourists to freely enter the kingdom. Consequently, an increasing number of tourists are visiting Thailand, catalyzing a positive economic recovery.
“While the passage of the pandemic to the endemic should see an increase in the number of tourists in the kingdom, the Ministry of Public Health therefore organized a hearing with 22 representatives of associations and departments including tourism, the hotel industry , catering and hospitality.The hearing and solution session aims to identify appropriate public health measures to be offered at the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) conference to enable convenience and affirmation for the tourism and transport sectors and help Thai people get back to normalcy and live with Covid-19 without a hitch.”
“The hearing session shows an agreement between the government and business sectors to come up with guidelines for Thailand to overcome the crisis on the basis of public safety while boosting tourism and the economy. The unnecessary restrictions are relaxed to support the transition to the endemic phase Prior notification of the Ministry of Tourism policy is required for economic operators to prepare and adjust their plans The Ministry of Transport and other relevant agencies are requested to expeditiously facilitate the convenience of tourism. The Ministry of Public Health is required to provide medical and public services as well as relaxation measures and to keep the public informed and compliant with the current situation. For its part, the Ministry of Public Health has already provided full medical support, including beds, medication, medical professionals, medical devices medical and personal hygiene protection to deal with Covid epidemics.
“Although social measures have been relaxed, the most vital factor is the cooperation of business owners to understand and follow the 2 U policy which includes: universal prevention; infection prevention with social distancing, hand washing, wearing masks in indoor spaces and crowded areas, and testing when in contact with high-risk groups, and universal vaccination ensuring the availability of booster shots to raise safety levels When all conditions are met and that vaccinations are fully stepped up as advised, opening the country to tourists no longer needs to raise concerns of a repeat outbreak, even if infected, severe symptoms or death are not major threats.
“The Ministry of Public Health adheres to the HEALTH FOR WEALTH framework which includes the culture of the public health system to help Thailand develop and strengthen economically. The vision is not one-dimensional: Thailand’s public health system helps to stimulate and promote business and investment and the development of cannabis products is one of the models used to promote domestic medical treatment and exports while improving the country to become a medical hub that attracts health tourism travellers.
“The Ministry of Public Health believes that sound health care development is a key driver for positive economic and social development. The safety of Thais is ensured by quality public health.