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Thailand Reduces Entry Restrictions

Thailand is looking to find a safe way to open up and as of April 1st has reduced their mandatory quarantine period to 7 days for foreigners who have proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is the start of Thailand’s plans to re-open its tourism sector.

As well the government is furiously vaccinating residents of Phuket in hopes of a plan beginning July 1st where vaccinated foreigners could arrive on the island and not have to quarantine. Local authorities hope to have 70% of residents vaccinated by then.

While this plan is approved, there are still many details to be figured out. But this is a good start.

In the meantime, those who have been vaccinated, from most countries can now only quarantine for 7 days upon arrival.

Here are the details.

The current 14-day quarantine period remains in place for people arriving from the 11 countries with SAR-CoV-2 virus mutations and variants as announced by the MoPH (as of 31 March, 2021); namely, Botswana; Cameroon; Congo; Ghana; Kenya; Mozambique; Rwanda; South Africa; Tanzania; Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

In order to be eligible to enter in Thailand, international arrivals still need to have all of their advance arrangements in good order for arrival and entry.

These include a valid visa or re-entry permit, a Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate; a COVID-19 health insurance policy with a minimum coverage of US$100,000; confirmation of Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) hotel booking, and a medical certificate with a RT-PCR laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected issued no more than 72 hours before departure. Travellers are recommended to enquire at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in their home country for more details.

During quarantine in Thailand, foreigners are required to undergo an RT-PCR test on Days 5-6 for those under a 7-day quarantine. For a 10-day quarantine, two tests are required on Days 3-5 and Days 9-10. For a 14-day quarantine, three tests are required on the day of arrival, Days 6-7, and Days 12-13.

All arrivals are subject to be traced by a tracking system for a specified period.