Posted in TH UTMB Blogs on Oct 01, 2021.
Thailand Re-opening Updates
Quarantine-Free Thailand Reopening for Vaccinated Tourists From 1 November 2021
Initially for air arrivals from 46 approved countries.
1. Travel by air from the approved countries. Currently, Thailand has approved quarantine-free entry for arrivals from Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, 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, UAE, UK, USA, and Hong Kong.
No quarantine plan for vaccinated tourists from 10 countries, i.e. UK, Singapore, Germany, China, and USA from 1st November,2021 onward.
Pilot Reopening Destinations
Now 7-day stay for Sandbox tourists from any country in the world
Thailand’s new quarantine regulations reduce mandatory stay in pilot reopening destinations from 14 to 7 days, effective 1 October, 2021.
The reduced quarantine time applies to those visiting under the “Sandbox” programme to Phuket, Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao), Phang-Nga (Khao Lak and Ko Yao), and Krabi (Ko Phi Phi, Ko Ngai and Railay Beach).
It also means that fully vaccinated tourists can now travel straight to the designated areas of Phang-Nga and Krabi upon landing in Phuket, and stay there for seven days.
In addition, from today (1 October 2021) onwards, Thailand has lifted the listing of countries per the level of COVID-19 transmission risks for Sandbox tourists. This means Thailand is now welcoming travellers from any country in the world to the ‘Sandbox’ programme.
Sept 29, 2021
The nationwide quarantine period for those travelling into Thailand will also be reduced. For travelers who have been fully vaccinated with vaccines duly approved by the Thai authorities travelling into the country by air, the quarantine period has now been reduced to 7 days. For travelers who have not yet been fully vaccinated and travelling by air and sea, the quarantine period has been adjusted to 10 days. However, travelers who have not been fully vaccinated travelling into the country by land will still be subjected to a quarantine of 14 days.
Sept 27, 2021
A number of provinces involved in the tourism pilot scheme such as the Phuket Sandbox scheme – the so-called Blue Province scheme – are now slated to be open on the 1st of November including Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Bangkok, Chiang Mai (Mueang, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, and Doi Tao - Source: TAT Newsroom) and other provinces. For the 1st of December, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Sorn, Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Ayutthaya and other provinces will also be open under the same tourism pilot scheme. The entire country will then be open for tourism starting in January 2022, provided that appropriate criteria is met.
(Tourism pilot scheme: government’s initiatives and measures to reopen the tourism areas for fully vaccinated international travelers without quarantine requirements.)
Source: CCSA, Ministry of Public Health and Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. https://www.thainewsreports.com/category/covid19/
TAT Newsroom will be providing regular updates on the gradual reopening of Thailand, starting with the launch of the Phuket Sandbox from 1 July, Samui Plus from 15 July, and Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension (Krabi, Phang-Nga, and Surat Thani) from 16 August.
Thailand’s CCSA approves 4-phase reopening plan from October until January, October continues to see 4 beach resort destinations welcoming vaccinated foreign tourists, while November will see 10 more destinations reopening to international tourism.
General Information – Phuket SandboxThe Royal Thai Government has officially endorsed measures for Phuket to reopen for fully vaccinated international travelers without quarantine requirements from 1 July, 2021.
Phuket Sandbox FAQs