The United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday removed Thailand and 88 other countries from its “Do Not Travel” list.
Thailand is now categorised as Level 3, or a country with a “high” level of COVID-19. Travellers who are not fully vaccinated are still advised not to travel to Level 3 countries, but the warning does not apply to fully vaccinated visitors. Travellers with weakened immune systems are also urged to check with doctors before visiting.
Countries with a low level of COVID-19 are categorised as Level 1, while countries with a moderate level are classified as Level 2.
Currently, there are no countries categorised as Level 4, which will now be reserved for special circumstances, where countries see a dangerous spike in COVID-19 cases, a new COVID-19 variant or a collapse of their health care infrastructure.
Meanwhile, Thailand recorded 16,891 new COVID-19 infections today, with 129 more deaths, which is now the highest daily death toll this year, despite declining daily infections.
24,927 patients have recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours, while 197,349 are still receiving treatment, with 2,104 patients being treated for lung inflammation.
Thailand has welcomed more than 730,000 international arrivals since February as of Tuesday, with the infection rate among the arrivals gradually decreasing from 2.25% in February to 0.47% in April, according to the Disease Control Department.