everything you need to know when the country reopens
The most visited country in the world welcomes tourists again.
As of November 1, there are no longer quarantine restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers arriving in Thailand from 63 countries.
Travelers who have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine and who are traveling from the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, China, Saudi Arabia, India and much of Europe can now visit Thailand’s idyllic beaches, ancient temples and tropical islands without restrictions under the country’s new “test and go” program.
Vaccinated tourists from other countries can also visit Thailand, but currently can only fly to designated blue zones that are part of the country’s Sandbox program, which involves spending seven days in the destination they arrive at, before they can travel. elsewhere.
The announcement follows numerous unsuccessful attempts to reopen Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, to visitors.
Several regions of the country are already open to tourists vaccinated under its Sandbox program, including Phuket and Ko Pha-ngan. Almost 60,000 tourists have visited the country since the start of the program, according to figures from the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Thailand’s Covid-19-hit tourism industry, which welcomed nearly 40 million visitors the year before the pandemic, hopes Monday’s reopening will boost the return of international travelers.
If a trip filled with culture, idyllic beaches, island hopping and an amazing food scene tempts you, here’s what you need to know before you go.
Who can travel to Thailand?
Travelers from 63 countries who have received a full dose of a Covid-19 vaccine can fly to Thailand without quarantine, starting November 1. Find the full list of countries at the bottom of this article.
The final dose of a vaccine must have been taken at least 14 days before arrival. Children under 12 traveling with fully immunized parents or guardians are not required to present a vaccination certificate.
Vacationers from most other destinations can continue to travel to areas of Thailand open to tourists under the Sandbox Initiative, including Trat, Chiang Mai and Krabi.
Travelers must stay at least seven nights in their Sandbox destination, but may travel elsewhere after receiving a negative Covid-19 test result on the eighth day. Children under 18 traveling with fully immunized parents or guardians are not required to present a vaccination certificate when traveling to a Sandbox destination. There are 17 of these destinations, designated as blue zones, on the list as of November 1 and it is expected to be extended again on Wednesday December 1.
Unvaccinated travelers can also travel to Thailand, but must self-quarantine at an approved hotel for 10 days upon arrival.
What vaccines are recognized for traveling to Thailand?
Authorities recognize all major Covid-19 vaccinations in accordance with the latest Thai government guidelines.
This includes Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Covishield (Serum Institute of India), Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, SK Bioscience-AstraZeneca, Moderna and Sinopharm.
What should I do before flying to Thailand?
From November 1, travelers must apply for a Thailand Pass before traveling to Thailand. This will generate a QR code which will be required to enter the country.
To obtain the pass, visitors must provide proof of vaccination and an approved hotel reservation for the first night in Thailand. Travelers must also confirm that they have booked a PCR test upon arrival.
In addition, tourists will also be required to present a negative Covid-19 test result taken no later than 72 hours before travel and proof of health insurance covering a minimum of $ 50,000.
After receiving a negative test result on the arrival test, travelers to Thailand under the “test and go” program are free to travel throughout the country.
Which airlines fly from United Arab Emirates to Thailand?
Etihad Airways and Emirates both fly to Thailand from the United Arab Emirates, with a journey time of around six hours.
You can fly from Abu Dhabi to Bangkok with Etihad in economy class from 1,800 Dh ($ 490). The national airline of the United Arab Emirates also flies to Phuket.
From Dubai, Emirates fares to Phuket start from Dh1985 in economy class and are slightly more expensive for the Thai capital. Thai Airways also operates from Bangkok to Dubai.
What restrictions are in place in Thailand?
Face masks are mandatory nationwide and must be worn in indoor and outdoor public places and on public transport.
Provinces across Thailand are color coded and each color has its own level of restrictions. The categories range from blue, which has the fewest restrictions, to red, where many rules remain in place.
On October 31, the Tourism Authority of Thailand said that “Covid-19 restrictions in most parts of the kingdom have been relaxed from November 1 to make it easier to reopen the country at large to vaccinated visitors from around the world. whole”.
In four popular blue tourist areas, namely Bangkok, Krabi, Phang-nga and Phuket, the ban on alcohol consumption in restaurants ended on November 1 and the kingdom’s nighttime curfew was also lifted. The same rules apply in the yellow areas, namely Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan and Sakon Nakhon.
All types of entertainment venues, including pubs, bars, and karaoke rooms across Thailand, remain closed except at certain Sandbox destinations.
The other 13 blue zones, which include Chiang Mai and Surat Thani, continue to follow the rules set by each province and travelers should check with the local authorities at the destination they are going to to find out what restrictions are in place.
Is Covid-19 still widespread in Thailand?
Thailand recorded 62,034 new cases of Covid-19 infections in the week before it reopened, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The country has launched a mass vaccination campaign with the goal of vaccinating 70% of the local population by 2022. Johns Hopkins University reports that just over 42% of the population is so far fully vaccinated. . Vaccination rates are higher in the capital and in some Sandbox destinations.
When is the best time to travel to Thailand?
The country is reopening ahead of one of the best times to visit Thailand.
From November to March, travelers can expect some of the best weather in Thailand as it is the end of the monsoon season, which means lush scenery and pleasant temperatures. If you go in November, you’ll have cool, dry days without the crowds that December usually brings.
If you are planning a Thai vacation in the New Year, the good weather continues until March when the warmer shoulder season begins. From July to October, Thai monsoons return to the country, which can mean anything from an afternoon downpour to major flooding, making this low season for visitors.
What are the 63 countries that Thailand allows tourists to visit?
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- Sri Lanka
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- Hong Kong
- Taiwan, Province of China
Update: November 1, 2021, 7:20 a.m.