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Thailand drops Covid vaccination requirement for tourists in surprise move

Web Desk 06:56 PM | 9 Jan, 2023
Thailand drops Covid vaccination requirement for tourists in surprise move
Source: https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/thailand-rescinds-entry-requirement-proof-covid-vaccination-minister-2023-01-09/

PATTAYA - In a surprising turn of events, the authorities in Thailand have dropped the restriction of showing Covid vaccination proof for incoming visitors.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul stated on Monday that the proof of vaccination was not needed as there was sufficient immunization globally, implying that those who are still not vaccinated against Covid-19 would be granted entry to the tourist hotspot without restriction.

Charnvirakul was of the opinion that requiring visitors to show proof of vaccination was 'cumbersome and inconvenient' and a panel of experts had resolved that it was unnecessary as enough vaccinations had been done globally.

The first flight of Chinese visitors since the Covid-19 pandemic started arrived in Thailand on Monday, carrying an initial group of an expected 3,465 passengers on the first day, Anutin said and added that the country was now expecting 7-10 million Chinese visitors, compared to an earlier estimate of 5 million.

Despite the apparent U-turn on the Covid vaccination proof, the minister clarified that the country will still require foreigners whose next destination is a country requiring a negative pre-entry COVID-19 test to show they have health insurance covering treatment for the disease.

The announcement comes days after Thailand announced that the visitors would be required to show evidence of Covid-19 vaccination. It was also announced that plans were underway to administer free Covid booster shots to the visitors.

Thailand attracts millions of tourists each year due to its serene beaches and attractions for globetrotters; however, there has been a sharp decline in the arrival of travelers in the backdrop of Covid-19 pandemic. 

The latest measures also confirm the resolve by authorities to enhance the revenue lost at the hands of the pandemic.

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 27, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 07:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 253.5 255.5
Euro EUR 274 276.7
UK Pound Sterling GBP 311 314
U.A.E Dirham AED 68.7 69.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 66.4 67
Australian Dollar AUD 176 178
Bahrain Dinar BHD 615.68 620.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 186 188
China Yuan CNY 34.12 34.37
Danish Krone DKK 33.83 34.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 29.52 29.87
Indian Rupee INR 2.81 2.89
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 756.69 761.69
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 52.59 53.04
New Zealand Dollar NZD 148.33 149.53
Norwegians Krone NOK 22.43 22.73
Omani Riyal OMR 600.37 604.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 63.5 64
Singapore Dollar SGD 178 179.3
Swedish Korona SEK 21.78 22.08
Swiss Franc CHF 250.23 251.98
Thai Bhat THB 6.98 7.08

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs197,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs168,000.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs150,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 173,200.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Karachi PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Islamabad PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Peshawar PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Quetta PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Sialkot PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Attock PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Gujranwala PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Jehlum PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Multan PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Bahawalpur PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Gujrat PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Nawabshah PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Chakwal PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Hyderabad PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Nowshehra PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Sargodha PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Faisalabad PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Mirpur PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100

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