Thailand, which was one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, is gearing up to welcome foreign visitors without requiring them to quarantine for the first time in 18 months.

From Monday, fully vaccinated tourists from over 40 countries that are considered low-risk, including the United Kingdom, Singapore, Germany, China, Spain and the United States, will be allowed to travel to the Southeast Asian country if they present a negative test without needing to quarantine.

While Thai prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha admitted this month that the move “comes with some risk,” the decision has been forced on authorities who are desperate to revive the country’s lucrative tourism sector and its economy as a whole.

Before the pandemic, tourism accounted for between 12 and 20% of Thailand's GDP.