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.