Thailand opens to vaccinated Australians from November

Australia heads a list of 46 countries now approved for quarantine-free entry to Thailand.

By David Flynn, October 22 2021
Thailand opens to vaccinated Australians from November

Fully-vaccinated Australians will be allowed to visit Thailand without quarantine as the country opens its borders to almost 50 counties as of November 1.

The dramatic extension of a much smaller short-list comes as the government pushes ahead with a “living with Covid-19” strategy like many of the tourism- and trade-reliant nations around the world after the pandemic ravaged their economies.

Thailand saw foreign tourist arrivals plunge to 73,932 in the first eight months of this year, from almost 40 million visitors who generated more than $60 billion in revenue in 2019.

In addition to providing proof of their vaccination status, travellers will need to

  • submit a negative result of a Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to their flight
  • undergo a second PCR test on the day of arrival
  • have booked at least one night at a Government-certified 'SHA+' or 'AQ' hotel where they can stay while awaiting the results of that on-arrival test
  • have "medical insurance with a minimum coverage of US$50,000"

Other countries approved for quarantine-free travel include Singapore, Hong Kong, the USA, Canada, the UK and most of Europe and the UAE.

As previously reported, Thai Airways already intended to resume Sydney-Bangkok flights from November 1 – with some flights from December including a stopover at Phuket, allowing travellers to book just the Sydney-Phuket leg.

The Star Alliance member had also planned to add Melbourne-Bangkok flights by April 2022, but don't be surprised if these are brought forward following today's announcement.

XWu
XWu

09 May 2020

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I guess the “ medical insurance with a minimum coverage of US$50,000” will still filter out those low budget tourists quite a bit, and retain the aim of attracting business travellers or tourists with deep pockets as intended by their previous (but impractical) requirements which include proof of accomodation and intention to stay for 90 days.

05 Oct 2017

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That was only the long-stay special tourist visa. I would hope that the accommodation and post arrival Covid test will be scrapped by January. Therefore, best to hold off until then to head over, but like other countries, the rules will probably change 10 times between now and the end of the year.

Still too many hoops.

I hear there are some great underground craft breweries that have been popping up recently (illegal due to the monopoly the gov't hands out to the big guys) so holding off until the booze ban is lifted.

05 Oct 2017

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Are craft breweries really illegal? Currently you have to be careful because of the alcohol restrictions that have only been lifted in one province (Phuket) but once things are back to normal I'd think a craft brewery (and I know there are several in Thailand) could operate normally. I'm not an expert on such matters though.

24 Jun 2020

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What travel insurance companies cover any covid related medical up to that level without too many hurdles?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Jun 2014

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Was speaking with Alianz yesterday about their ANZ card based product and they stated that they have no COVID based excemptions so said that we would be covered for Singapore and their 30k requirement.

XWu
XWu

09 May 2020

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Holy sh*t I didn’t realise there was the SGD30k cover clause until you mentioned it.

I would probably get that in writing if I am you

27 Nov 2016

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Regarding to your question  :

What travel insurance companies cover any covid related medical up to that level without too many hurdles?

I just tried calling my tried and tested travelinsurance COVERMORE  on 1300728822 to find out  some information through human interaction , and was immediatedly greeted by the anouncement that there will be a wait of over 1 hour

I think I wont try again too soon  - assuming they actually hire more staff   :(

From my understanding, FastCover, CoverMore, and SCTI have COVID coverage, but im doing research this weekend because you also need $100k COVID cover when transiting (not sure where ET saw $50k as Thai Airways site said today $100k…)

QBE doesn’t from my call today.

05 Oct 2017

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The required cover will be reduced down to US$50000. This has been confirmed by multiple sources. 

08 May 2020

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I will wait 6 months to see how the international travel works out. I wont be first of the Ranks.

05 Oct 2017

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That's a wise decision and one I second.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Nov 2012

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The Thai government changes the rules at the drop of a hat but I'm still inclined to give Chiang Mai a shot in December for a couple of weeks. 

28 Aug 2021

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I agree with some of the above comments - this is all still - simply too hard, and that's getting there - what about return to Australia!

05 Oct 2017

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Shouldn't getting back to Sydney and Melbourne be straightforward from November onward?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Oct 2012

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The arrival part requiring a test and checking into an approved hotel will turn people off...  if you're going for a holiday (which is probably 95% of travelers) who wants to sit in a hotel until they say you're ok when you're typically there for less than a week? No thanks - I'll hold out...   

05 Oct 2017

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I've heard from travellers who've been to Phuket since they reopened in July that the wait in their rooms wasn't more than 4-6 hours, but I agree, it's not the best scheme.

I personally believe they will scrap this requirement and allow quarantine free entry to anyone presenting a vax certificate and a pre-arrival test starting in January. This may explain Qantas and Jetstar resuming flights to Thailand (Bangkok and Phuket) in January, rather than now.

Unfortunately, most other Asian countries about to reopen will have similar restrictions in place and some of them are going to be even more restrictive (such as Vietnam, which will allow only very restricted movement within the first 7 days of arrival).

I hear Melbourne is going to require a post arrival test too (probably using an ATK kit as in the UK)...though if you test positive presumably home quarantine will be allowed. The difference with Thailand is that you don't need to book a one night stay at an approved hotel first.

26 Oct 2021

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Waiting on Queensland to open international travel and see what there conditions are first


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