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Thailand accepts Taiwan’s Medigen COVID vaccine for visitors

  • 11 January, 2022
  • Emma Benack
Thailand accepts Taiwan’s Medigen COVID vaccine for visitors
Thailand's beautiful Wiang Kum Kam. (Photo by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash)

Thailand is now accepting the Taiwan-made Medigen vaccine to its list of approved COVID-19 vaccines for incoming travelers. The Thai foreign ministry announced this change on Monday, saying that visitors who are fully vaccinated with the Medigen vaccine will have a shortened quarantine period after their arrival in Thailand.

Taiwan's foreign affairs ministry spokesperson Joanne Ou said on Tuesday that Taiwan has continued to discuss the scientific evidence of Medigen's efficacy as a COVID-19 vaccine with countries around the world. The ministry hopes that more nations will accept Medigen's validity.

Ou also says that this new policy means that visitors who are fully vaccinated with Medigen only need to quarantine for seven days in Thailand. Visitors who fly directly to Phuket, Krabi, Phang-na, or Surat Thani and present a negative PCR test upon arrival do not need to undergo quarantine. However, they cannot travel to other parts of Thailand until after spending at least seven nights in the city they arrived in.

Ou says that in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the face of the highly contagious Omicron variant, Thailand has already halted its Test & Go program that allowed visitors with a negative PCR test to immediately travel freely throughout the country. Other countries that have included Medigen on their approved vaccine list for visitors include New Zealand, Palau, Indonesia, and Belize.

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