Thailand COVID-19 Situation Update, Reopening to Foreign Tourists and Songkran Vacation

Report from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

The government has predicted that in late May and June this year there will be a decline in the state of COVID-19, and from July 1, it hopes that the situation in Thailand will be endemic or post – pandemic state. It also requires good management and the cooperation of all sectors. For example, treatment must be fast and accessible to everyone. Currently, the mortality rate is less than 0.1%. The booster vaccination process should be above 60% nationwide, especially among the elderly.

The CCSA general assembly said the emergency decree will be extended for two months, from April 1 to May 31, 2022, to control the COVID-19 situation in Thailand.

Starting March 18, 2022, COVID-19 zoning will be redesigned into three categories of zones, as follows: Controlled Zone, High Surveillance Zone, and Tourism/Sandbox Pilot Zone.

From April 1, 2022, the measures for traveling to Thailand will be adjusted as follows:

– For travelers entering Thailand under the quarantine program, quarantine will only be required for 5 days for those who are vaccinated or unvaccinated.

— For all programs, after arrival, travelers will be required to take an RT-PCR test on day 0 and an auto-ATK on day 5.

— The minimum coverage for a COVID-19 treatment insurance policy is US$20,000. Thai nationals and returning expats are exempt from this requirement.

The measures to reduce the risk of infections during the Songkran festival are as follows:

Water splashing and traditional activities, such as “rod nam dam hua”, are allowed under COVID-free setting measures;

Foam parties, the sale and consumption of alcohol on site are not permitted;

Those attending Songkran activities in closed spaces must wear masks and maintain physical distancing at all times;

Splashing water is not permitted in public areas such as roads. (PRD)

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