Thailand has released more information about the requirements travelers need to fulfil in order to be able to enter the country without having to quarantine. Just a few weeks ago, Thailand revealed that it was planning to open for travelers from 10 countries without having to quarantine, but that initial list of 10 countries has been expanded to include several more in yesterday’s update from the Thai government, putting Thailand well and truly back on the map as a vacation option.
Traditionally a wildly popular travel destination for travelers of all types, the pandemic has been hard on the tourism-dependent country, with the number of travelers arriving as part of the country’s fledgling sandbox schemes failing to live up to the numbers the country typically welcomes. However, the easing of the country’s travel restrictions could be set to change that – and here’s everything you need to know about them.
Thailand Eases Restrictions – Information For Travelers
Thailand has been open to travelers throughout the vast majority of the pandemic, yet it has been the country’s strict quarantine requirements that proved more of an obstacle to travel for many travelers than anything else. Visitors arriving into the country – unless doing so as part of the Phuket sandbox – have had to endure pricey stays in mandatory quarantine for two weeks, forcing many to pick other destinations instead. For many though, it is set to be a thing of the past.
Ever since news broke about Thailand’s intention of waiving the quarantine requirements for some international tourists just ten days ago, speculation has been rife about which countries will be included on the list, and what the other requirements for entry would be. Last night, the Thai government published more details about the plan – which has now been published in the country’s Royal Gazette, making it official.
The 46 countries from which have been deemed “low-risk” are as follows:
Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Hong Kong.
From November 1st, travelers from these countries – provided they have resided in them for 21 days prior to flying to Thailand, and that they are fully vaccinated – can enter Thailand without having to quarantine at all. In order to enter, travelers must take a PCR test within 72 hours of their flight, and must also take a PCR test upon arrival into the country. They must book at least one night in an SHA+ or alternative quarantine hotel, and must also have medical insurance with a minimum coverage of $50,000 USD. These travelers are free to explore the country without any restrictions.
Those who arrive from a country not listed above can take part in an expanded sandbox scheme, which is available for travelers from all countries. The sandbox is set to be expanded to 15 more provinces in addition to Phuket and Surat Thani. They are:
Bangkow, Samut Prakan, Krabi, Phang Nga, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Chonburi, Ranong, Chiang Mai, Loei, Buriram, Nong Khai, Udon Thani, Rayong, Trat.
Those entering to take part in the sandbox scheme must also be fully vaccinated, have $50,000 USD worth of medical coverage and must take a PCR test within 72 hours of flying. Once in Thailand, they will be tested twice – once on arrival, and once on day 6 or 7 – and they must have a 7-night reservation in a SHA+ hotel in a sandbox area. After 7 days in a sandbox area, travelers are free to travel the country as they please. Those who are not vaccinated must stay in an alternative quarantine hotel for 10 days, where they will be tested twice. They must also have a negative PCR test prior to flying, and will be tested twice when in Thailand.
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