From July 1, Thai nationals who return from abroad by air or sea will have to pay the full cost of their 14-day Covid-19 quarantine.
That is the date when the government will step back from providing state quarantine as a matter of course to all Thai nationals. Instead, alternative quarantine (AQ) facilities operated by the private sector, such as hotels certified by the government, will be the only option available, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced yesterday.
Covid-19 testing will remain covered by the government while free state quarantine will continue for civil servants returning from work-related assignments, and also "vulnerable" Thais coming home from overseas, said Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the CCSA.
For land entry, the government will continue funding the cost of quarantine facilities in border provinces.
"Many Thai people travelling abroad and returning to the country have enjoyed the free quarantine provision over the past year, so it is about time now to adopt a new normal way of life," he said.
State quarantine facilities will be scaled down until just those on the border remain, he said.