With the recent wave of Covid-19 reaching record levels and increasing demand for vaccines, some Thais are looking to get vaccinated abroad. There are now tourist packages that include a Covid-19 vaccination.
Unithai Trip is now advertising trips from Thailand to the United States that include a Covid-19 vaccine. Starting at $ 2,300, travelers can take a 10-day tour package to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas. During their trip, travelers would be vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine.
A few travelers have already gone on a trip. Travel agency general manager Rachphol Yamsaeng, who also traveled to the United States for the vaccine, said hundreds were interested, but most of those calling did not US visa.
Many have criticized the Thai government, saying the rollout of vaccinations is too slow. Since the end of February, around 780,000 people in Thailand have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The Thai government aims to vaccinate 50 million people by the end of the year.
Rachphol says many Thais no longer want to wait for a vaccine. If they can afford to travel and get vaccinated elsewhere, they will, he says. Many travelers who have booked a Covid-19 vaccine trip through Unithai Trip are families.
Prices per person range from US $ 2,300 to US $ 3,700 depending on the number of people. Racphol says “We take care of everything from start to finish,” including accommodation, transportation and entrance fees to attractions.
According to CNA, the United States has become a popular destination for Thais looking to get vaccinated abroad. Many states have administered Covid-19 vaccines to those who do not live in the area, including New York. The city government has announced that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available to tourists as a “take-home souvenir.”
THE SOURCE: ANC