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Travelers from 63 countries, including the United States, can now enter Thailand without facing a lengthy hotel quarantine.

Now, vaccinated travelers coming from low-risk countries will only need to spend one night in isolation while waiting for their test results.

This post will look at the new entry requirements for Thailand and how it’s impacting the economy.

Thailand Now Open For Tourism To 63 Countries With Only 1 Night Isolation

What Are The Entry Requirements For Thailand?

As of today, vaccinated travelers who have stayed a minimum of 21 days in one of 63 approved “low risk” countries and territories– including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada – will only have to face one night in quarantine.

Travelers will have a Covid-19 test administrated upon arrival and then stay one night in a government-approved hotel while they await the results. If negative, visitors are free to travel around the country.

Vaccinated travelers arriving from countries not on the eligible list can still enter through the sandbox scheme.

temple in thailand

This requires them to stay in a government-approved hotel or resort in one of 17 destinations, including Phuket, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui, for seven nights before they can travel throughout Thailand.

Unvaccinated tourists must quarantine in a pre-booked, government-approved hotel for ten days upon arrival.

The new rules are a much-needed boost for the country’s battered tourism industry, with arrivals down over 80%.

traveler in thailand

Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, president of the Thai Hotels Association, said the easing of entry restrictions is an important milestone in the recovery process.

“Finally, hoteliers see the light at the end of the tunnel and are eager and excited for the opening,”

“Timing also coincides with the return of domestic travel recovery. Our government now has a plan and we can start our marketing strategies to win back guests. More importantly, there is now hope, not just for owners and operators, but for the employees as well.”

tropical sea and rocks in thailand

The Thai government predicts revenues to rebound to their pre-pandemic levels by 2023, with tourist numbers forecast to jump as high as 15 million next year.

According to Marissa, travelers entering Thailand will initially be from the US, Europe, and Scandinavia, as outbound travel from China is still heavily discouraged.

“There is definitely pent-up demand after such a long-term inability to travel.”

Bangkok Skyline

List of the 63 Countries

  • Australia 
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman 
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sri Lanka
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • UAE
  • UK
  • USA
  • Vietnam

November 1st is normally the start of Thailand’s high season, and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the move was needed to allow Thailand to take advantage of travelers hoping to visit this season.

“We must act quickly but still cautiously and not miss the opportunity to entice some of the year-end and New Year holiday season travelers … to support the many millions of people who earn a living from our tourism,” he said.

Covid-19 In Thailand

Scenic aerial view of two boats on sea near Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Following a lengthy lockdown period, cases are dropping to nearly 9,000 new Covid-19 cases per day on average.

Thailand began vaccinating its population in June, and 42% of the population is fully inoculated according to CNN.

Thailand Could Be A Model For Other Asian Countries

traveler in thailand by boat

As Thailand eases entry restrictions further, officials in other popular tourist destinations in Asia will be watching closely as they shape their own reopening plans like Cambodia and Vietnam.

“[Thailand’s reopening] is an important step as it is one of many case studies for learnings for all destinations within the Southeast Asia region, particularly since the region is a highly interdependent ecosystem,” says Liz Ortiguera, CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

“Recovery will be uneven across the region particularly since the situation is constantly evolving, and factors such as new variants, vaccine equity and rollout, and border policies will play an important part in the recovery of travel over the next 12-14 months.”

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Ricky Garcia

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

I miss Thailand so much. I will never be able to go it sounds like easily. I am not fully vaccinated. I took only the first Pfizer dose and can't take the 2nd. I got severe blood clots and developed myocarditis. I will never be able to train Muay Thai again. I feel like my life is ruined. I just wanted to travel again and that's why I got it. I hope Thailand would reconsider in the future so people like me don't have to suffer any more.

Adam

Friday 5th of November 2021

@Ricky Garcia, I think you can travel there even without vaccination - you will just have to spend 10 nights in ASQ quarantine. On the other hand - some people reported issues getting a visa if you're not vaccinated.

Christian

Thursday 4th of November 2021

@Ricky Garcia, Sorry to hear that. Your health is more important that submitting to tyranny just for the sake of travel. I suggest you try out Mexico instead.

Christian

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

With this constant back and forth in entry requirements, who would want to do any travel planing to such a country? Looks like Thailand is getting desperate as they are reopening to travelers from high GDP countries. No thank you. Thailand along with Australia are permanently banned from travel destinations.

Johnny

Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

Despite the negative comments here, I’m actually this Friday the 5th. It was super easy, just a couple documents (insurance, Covid vaccine certificate, flight one 1-night hotel booking etc) and a couple of days later all was confirmed.

The people commenting here are likely not vaccinated, and have likely never visited a country where they actually needed to apply for a visa before going.

Do I wish that I could have just gone without the paperwork? Sure. But am I going to enjoy empty beaches and low prices as a result of it? Heck yeah.

Don’t listen to the comments. Thailand is back!!!

Ricko

Thursday 4th of November 2021

@Johnny, yeah, it's back? Mandatory masks outside? 100F/40C heat without being able to breathe normally? What about the alcohol ban? No booze in restaurants? You call that "Thailand is back" You've clearly never lived there for a long time.

While you might enjoy the empty beaches, you'll also be a target more than ever. Thailand's poverty levels have reached new highs... But right, don't listen to me, I'm just a comment

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

thanks for this on the ground update! Very helpful for people to see

Liberty

Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

Bunch of nonsense. If the goal was reopening, they would simply reopen. The real goals include universalizing vaccine passports and making movement difficult. The countries/regions of the world that have been open and living normally for well over a year now are doing great. They prove that there is no danger. If there ever was anything worth calling a pandemic, it is long over.

madam

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

@Liberty, has been the goal from onset!

Chris

Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

Can you add a list of those 63 countries, please? Because once in Thailand, as I am now in Bangkok, I need to leave the country after the Visa extension expires, and don’t really feel like going back to a winter in Canada :). Want to see what other neighboring countries would work for me and others.

Chris

Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

@Kashlee Kucheran, - You are very welcome and thanks for fixing that. Very helpful. One more question. It used to be 14 days in one of those countries, before being allowed back into Thailand. Now it’s 21 days? That’s a real bummer. :(

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

Thanks Chris for bringing this to our attention, it was an error the list was not showing. It should be there now! :)