Thailand to scrap quarantine for fully-vaccinated visitors to Bangkok

Nine popular tourist regions including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi and Pattaya will be quarantine-free for the double-jabbed.

By David Flynn, September 27 2021
Thailand to scrap quarantine for fully-vaccinated visitors to Bangkok

Thailand will allow fully-vaccinated travellers into Bangkok and nine other key regions without undergoing any quarantine period from November in a dramatic move to help revive its tourism-dependent economy.

Unvaccinated visitors will face a ten-day quarantine, slightly reduced from the current 14-day arrangement.

In addition to Bangkok, other areas which will welcome double-jabbed jetstetters as of November 1 include popular tourist destinations Chiang Mai, Cha-am, Hua Hin, Krabi, Pattaya and Phangnga.

Thailand reopened resort islands Phuket and Samui to vaccinated travellers in pilot schemes from July, after a high number of vaccine doses were delivered and administered.

The country has previously delayed and adjusted its tourism-reopening program several times due to low vaccination rates and concerns that the easing of rules would enable infections and hospitalisations to surge again.

This latest decision by the virus panel, chaired by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha, are part of its "living with Covid" strategy to restart the economy, while maintaining infections at a level that doesn’t overwhelm Thailand’s health-care system.

The moves come after the pace of inoculations have been ramped up to major population and economic centres, with as many as 1 million doses administered daily in the past week.

Before the pandemic in 2019, Thailand’s tourism sector attracted nearly 40 million visitors annually and generated about US$60 billion per year.

Various plans to ease restrictions on both domestic and international travel, as well as an array of businesses have been hampered by vaccine shortages and clusters of infections in markets and factories.

Additional reporting by Bloomberg

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09 May 2020

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Good luck to them, they needed to start somewhere but it will be a trickle of the traditional intercontinental travellers. The challenging and frankly quite impractical business traveller requiring full healthcare travel insurance, minimum 3 months stay (with confirmed place of residence/ hotel booking) and lump sum “cash deposit” serving as collaterals late last year pretty much destroyed any illusion by local tourist operators that the budget and middle tier travellers will allowed to come back in a hurry; the massive COVID wave of the delta strain earlier this year placed Thailand on the watch list and it stayed there ever since.

Thailand is still on UK’s red list, EU travel restrictions, and US’s do not travel advisory.

Even the most vaccinated country in south east Asia (Singapore) has not placed Thailand in the green lane arrangement regardless of vaccination status.

It’s going to be a long and slow return to anywhere near the tourist bustle and hustle pre-2020. 

24 Jun 2015

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The article is not actually correct, it is only a plan at the moment to open in November to fully vaccinated travellers, it is hasn't actually been approved/legislated. The only thing which is somewhat concrete is that quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers will be reduced from 14 days to 10/7 days from 1 October.

24 Oct 2010

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Hi Robbo – this story comes from an article from our syndication partner Bloomberg (see https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-09-27/thailand-cuts-quarantine-to-7-days-ahead-of-november-reopening) which reported this measure as among those approved by "the country’s main Covid-19 task force", and similar ran in Reuters (https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/thailand-further-ease-coronavirus-restrictions-2021-09-27/). It's possible that as you indicate, there remains a final stage to make it 110% official, but we're just drawing on and sharing what we have from Bloomberg.


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