The Department of Disease Control has advised the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to reduce the quarantine period for returnees from 14 to 10 days.
The department will formally submit the recommendation to the CCSA’s sub-committee tasked to oversee quarantining at a meeting next week.
The sub-committee then will forward the advice to the main body of the CCSA which will make a decision by the end of this month. If the CCSA approves the recommendation, the new quarantine duration is expected to be implemented next month.
The recommendation is based on the department’s monitoring of foreigners and returnees to Thailand, as well as research from Switzerland and the country’s own quarantine situation.
Dr Sophon Iamsirithavorn, chief of the Communicable Disease Division, said that four days less of quarantine would not affect the efficacy of Thailand’s coronavirus prevention measures. The results show the most effective time for controlling infection is from one to 10 days, and lower afterwards.