For the first time in over 18 months, new Thailand quarantine guidelines will allow fully vaccinated travelers arriving from its list of 63 approved “low-risk” countries and territories to enter Thailand without an extensive hotel quarantine stay.
Starting November 1, visitors who arrive from one of the approved countries on Thailand’s “low-risk” list, after staying in one of those countries for a minimum of 21 days, will be able to more quickly begin their travels in Thailand. This change in travel restrictions will likely provide Thailand with a boost in its tourism sector and will help stimulate local economies.
Thailand has announced its latest requirements for different types of travelers arriving in its country including fully vaccinated travelers arriving from its approved low-risk countries, fully vaccinated travelers coming from countries not on that list, and travelers who are not fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine.
Included in the requirements for all travelers are proof of vaccination, proof of in insurance policy for coverage no less than $50,000 USD, a negative PCR lab test from no more than 72 hours before traveling, confirmation of a pre-booked government-approved hotel stay, and an additional COVID-19 test upon arrival.
Fully vaccinated travelers coming from Thailand’s approved “low-risk” countries and territories list: Will need to stay one night in a government-approved hotel while they await their COVID-19 test results.
Fully vaccinated travelers not coming from Thailand’s approved “low-risk” countries and territories list: Will need to stay in a government-approved hotel/resort in one of the country’s 17 “blue” destinations for seven nights before they can leave the hotel/resort property.
Travelers who are not vaccinated with an approved vaccine: Will need to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival and quarantine for 10 days in a government-approved hotel.
Children under the age of 12 traveling with their parent(s) are exempt from the vaccination requirement.
These latest changes are a long-time coming as Thailand entered strict lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic but faced high infection numbers in the third wave in the spring of 2021. As their infection numbers have slowly decreased, the country has been focused on ways to help the country get back on its feet.
Since July 2021, Thailand has been implementing programs around the country to make it possible for fully vaccinated tourists to visit the country while doing their best to keep other visitors and residents safe.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, it is estimated that nearly 15% of Thailand’s GDP was a direct result of the country’s bustling tourism sector. During the pandemic, nearly half of the hotels in the country were closed and many employees left the tourism industry.
Government officials and hospitality professionals are hoping that with these lessened travel restrictions that the country could incur additional revenue before the year’s end and help businesses begin to re-hire employees as they ramp up for what they are hoping is a busy and thriving year of travel in 2022.
With many countries and popular tourist areas slowly moving towards normalcy amidst the pandemic, you’ll want to stay up-to-date on all the latest Thailand COVID-19 requirements to ensure the most fulfilling trips possible. Check back with us to get the latest information on COVID-related travel restrictions and changes.
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