Thai durian

Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is set to loosen the country’s Covid-19 lockdown and will allow Chinese traders to enter and buy Thai fruit for export.

According to a report from the Straits Times, Thailand is closing in on 80 days without any Covid-19 cases from local transmission so on 8 August a CCSA panel announced plans to change the country's restrictions.

Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of CCSA, said in an effort to help Thai fruit growers, the CCSA panel had agreed to allow Chinese buyers to return to Thailand.

'However, the Chinese travellers will be subject to strict Covid-19 screening upon arrival and will have to go through 14 days mandatory quarantine at their own expense,' Taweesin said.

Taweesin said the CCSA panel will seek final approval for these changes from the CCSA, chaired by Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand, at a meeting scheduled on 21 August.