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Quarantine in Thailand: What Are "Low Risk Countries"?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing quarantine in Thailand. Somebody recently sent me an email. I am going to quote directly from it: "Good day. I am a faithful follower of the Integrity Legal channel and I really appreciate the work you do in answering the many questions that many of us have about life and travel in Thailand." Thank you very much. "I am a retired US citizen. I have been planning to move to Thailand for over a year but obviously COVID put a hold on those plans. It appears that the Thai Government is now in the process of cautiously opening the borders to foreigners without quarantine which for most tourists is a prerequisite to returning to the Kingdom" Now to clarify on that. We have done a number of videos. It is not quarantine free yet. We are hoping to see that sooner rather than later but as of now they are just mitigating or reducing certain aspects of quarantine.

"It seems that the recent talk about “no” quarantine has been about fully vaccinated visitors, more specifically, fully vaccinated visitors from "low risk countries". I am not sure if that list includes the USA but my question is this. If one is fully vaccinated with - (and they name a specific vaccine, I am going to redact it; I don't like to mention brand names) - with this type of vaccine which I am, or any of the approved vaccines, why should it matter where they are from? I know this is not a question that you as a news source can answer," let me be clear, I am not a news source. I don't think of myself as that. I am just trying to provide some information and analysis for folks out there but I appreciate that. I never really think of myself as News exactly, "but it would be nice to have someone raise that question to the Government and see what their response is." Well I don't know if the Government ever watches any of these videos; maybe they do, maybe they don't. It wouldn't shock me one way or the other. I think they are probably kind of ambivalent about me at best but I think these questions do get raised at cabinet meetings and things. Quoting further: "The science says that my vaccination is over 90% effective in both preventing and spreading the virus and it makes no difference if I am from USA, Asia, UK or wherever. There are many American tourists who are anxious to return to the Kingdom ASAP so any answers we could get would be much appreciated. Thanks for your time and keep up the good work." Well thank you for the email. 

As to the science behind the vaccines I definitely can't get into that. I don't know with respect to efficacy. I think it is probably too soon to tell exactly where we are at regarding efficacy but it is a good question, this notion of "low risk countries" and why does it matter with respect to a vaccinated person. It is not a question for me. It is probably a question for the Ministry of Public Health. It would be interesting to see if there is any clarification on that. It does seem a little counterintuitive that if the focus is upon those who have been vaccinated, why does it matter where they are originating from? 

That said, again I am not really someone who is an expert on the science here but yeah I can see where that confusion arises. Perhaps we will get some clarification on those issues as this situation evolves moving through 2021.