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Thailand Officially Reopens For Some Vaccinated Travelers On 1st November

Good news for travel enthusiasts and to restart the country’s tourism industry, Thailand has officially announced a notice on freedom of movement and tourism in Thailand starting from 1st November 2021.

On November 1, Thailand will officially allow international travelers who have had 2 doses of covid vaccine with a passport to reside from one of the 46 countries and territories for at least 21 days without quarantine. . These countries and territories include Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Korea, UK, USA and Hong Kong.

For now, vaccinated travelers flying into Bangkok must quarantine for seven days in an Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility. Travelers who have not been fully vaccinated are required to quarantine in an approved hotel for 10 days.

On July 1 the island of Phuket reopened to vaccinated foreign visitors without quarantine requirements in the “Phuket Sandbox” scheme. On July 15, the country launched a similar program on the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao, dubbed “Samui Plus.”

What’s on offer

Tropical beaches with picture-perfect landscape and swaying palm. Thailand has long been the go-to destination for those after a no-nonsense, easy-on-the-eyes tropical break.

Who can go

Travelers with US, Canada, UK and Australia nationality belong to the group of visitors who do not require a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes and will be allowed to stay in Thailand for no more than 45 days per visit.

Tourists from countries not on the visa exemption list can apply for a Special Tourist Visa (STV), which allows for 90-day stays, and can be renewed twice. You must apply for an STV via the Thai consulate or embassy in your own country.

What are the entry restrictions?

From November 1, fully vaccinated travelers residing in one of the approved 46 countries/territories wishing to enter Thailand without quarantine restrictions must provide proof of an insurance policy that covers treatment for Covid-19 up to the cost of $50,000 and a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

Upon arrival, they will need to undergo a second PCR test and check into a Thailand Safety and Health Administration accredited (SHA+) hotel for one night to await the results of their test.

Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine at government-approved quarantine facilities or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facilities. This can include luxury hotels, some of which have developed quarantine packages.

At the moment, all travelers need to apply for a Certificate of Entry before their flight, but the government has announced plans to replace this with a new system called the “Thailand Pass” to shorten the process.

As noted, on July 1, Phuket reopened to vaccinated travelers without quarantine restrictions. Vaccinated travelers arriving in Thailand from countries/territories not on the approved list are still able to enter the country via the “Phuket sandbox” program.

Visitors need to stay in a Thailand Safety and Health Administration accredited (SHA+) hotel on the island for 7 days before they are allowed to travel elsewhere in the country.

Phuket visitors need to apply for a Certificate of Entry before traveling. They will also need to provide proof of an insurance policy that covers treatment for Covid-19 up to the cost of $100,000, a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure and a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 with an approved vaccine administered no less than 14 days before their travel date.

At the end of seven days, they will be permitted to travel elsewhere in the country. Find out more on entry requirements and movement restrictions on the Tourism Authority of Thailand website.

What’s the Covid situation?

For months, Thailand reported few locally transmitted Covid-19 cases thanks to strict quarantine on arrival rules.

However, the country is now coming out of its third and worst wave of infections, which emerged from outbreak clusters in several Bangkok nightclubs in early April.

A nationwide vaccine program officially kicked off on June 7. Thailand aims to vaccinate 70% of the population by the end of 2021.

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