Thailand eases restrictions for international visitors

By Linsey McNeill
01/10/2021
Home » Thailand eases restrictions for international visitors

Thailand has cut the quarantine period for fully vaccinated travellers from 14 to seven days, during which they will be required to stay in their hotel before being allowed to explore the rest of the country.

However, the UK Foreign Office (FCDO) is continuing to advise against non-essential travel to the whole of Thailand based on the risk of COVID-19.

Until the FCDO removes the advisory, it is unlikely tour operators will resume packages to Thailand.

Under a new plan unveiled by Thai Tourism officials, international arrivals with proof they have been fully vaccinated against COVID  must provide a negative test when they arrive and remain in their resort hotel for seven days.

They will be free to explore from day seven, after taking a second negative test.

Tourists who aren’t fully vaccinated will have to be quarantined for 10 days if they enter Thailand by sea or air. If they enter by land, the quarantine period will remain at 14 days.

Thailand’s Director-General of the Department of Disease Control Opas Karnkawinpong told the Bangkok Post: “The shorter quarantine periods are symbolic of the readiness to co-exist with COVID-19.

“It is difficult to eliminate the virus from society in a short time. It is about adjusting and co-existing with the disease and reducing the fatality rate and severe symptom cases.”

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