Thailand eases nationwide COVID-19 restrictions, allows New Years countdown festivities

As of December 16, the new cycle of detente is part of the “smart control and living with COVID-19” approach.

Update on the latest three announcements published on December 15, 2021 in the Royal Thai Government Gazette that relax further COVID-19 restrictions nationwide, allowing for the New Year’s countdown festivities and further easing the rules for them. travelers entering Thailand.

New Year’s countdown festivities will be allowed under the COVID-free implementation guidelines, which include the vaccination requirement, universal prevention, health and hygiene measures, and antigen testing. All events should ensure that everyone is fully immunized. Events with at least 1,000 attendees should also ensure that everyone received a negative antigen test result 72 hours before the event. Outdoor restaurants with good ventilation across the country will be allowed to serve alcoholic beverages to customers during the New Year’s countdown until 1:00 a.m. January 1, 2022.

TAT is also planning a number of New Year’s Eve countdown festivities at unique locations across the country, and the TAT Newsroom will issue a press release on them as soon as official details are confirmed.

Details on the further relaxation of the rules for travelers entering Thailand from December 16, 2021 can be found at

Meanwhile, also as of December 16, 2021, Thailand’s color zoning has been reduced to three zones: pilot tourist zones or blue zone, areas under strict surveillance or yellow zone, and controlled zones or orange zone.

8 “Blue Zone” Provinces + 18 Provinces with “Blue Zone” Districts

Central region:Bangkok, and Ayutthaya (Mueang District only), Kanchanaburi, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani,Phetchaburi (Cha-am district only), PrachuapKhiri Khan (Mueang, HuaHin and NongKae districts only), and Samut Prakan (Suvarnabhumi Airport only).

Eastern Region: Chanthaburi (only for Mueang and Tha Mai districts), Chonburi,Rayong (KoSamet only), and Trat (Ko Chang and KoKut districts only).

New Year’s countdown festivities will be allowed under the COVID-free implementation guidelines, which include the vaccination requirement, universal prevention, health and hygiene measures, and antigen testing.

Northern Region: Chiang Mai (Mueang, Chom Thong, Doi Tao, Mae Rim and Mae Taeng districts only), and Chiang rai (Mueang, Chiang Khong, Chiang Saen, Mae Chan, Mae FahLuang, Mae Sai, Phan, Thoeng, WiangKaen and Wiang Pa Pao districts only).

Northeast Region: Buri Ram (Mueang District only), Khon Kaen (Mueang, KhaoSuanKwang, PoeiNoi, Phon, PhuWiang and Ubolratana districts only), Loei (Chiang Khan District only), Nakhon Ratchasima (Mueang, ChaloemPhraKiat, Chok Chai, Pak Chong, Phimai, Sikhio and Wang Nam Khiao districts), Nong khai (Mueang, Sangkhom, Si Chiang Mai and Tha Bo districts only), Surin (Mueang and Tha Tum districts only), and Udon thani (Mueang, Ban Dung, Kumphawapi, Na Yung, Prachaksilpakhom and Nong Han districts only).

South region:Krabi, Phang-Nga, Phuket,Ranong (KoPhayam only), and Surat Thani (Ko Samui, KoPha-ngan and Ko Tao only).

30 areas under strict surveillance or provinces of the yellow zone

Central region: Ang Thong, Chai Nat, NakhonPathom, SamutSongkhram and Sing Buri; North region:KamphaengPhet, NakhonSawan, Nan, Phayao, Phichit, Phrae, Sukhothai, UthaiThani and Uttaradit; and North East Region:Amnat Charoen, BuengKan, Buri Ram *, Chaiyaphum, Kalasin, Loei *, MahaSarakham, Mukdahan, NakhonPhanom, NongBuaLamphu, NongKhai *, Roi Et, SakhonNakhon, Si Sa Ket, Surin * and Yasothon.

39 controlled zones or provinces of the orange zone

Central region:Ayutthaya *, Lop Buri, NakhonNayok, Phetchaburi *, PrachuapKhiri Khan *, Ratchaburi, SamutPrakan *, SamutSakhon, Saraburi and SuphanBuri; Eastern region:Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi *, PrachinBuri, Rayong *, Sa Kaeo and Trat *; North region:Chiang Mai *, Chiang Rai *, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Phetchabun, Phitsanulok and Tak; North East Region:KhonKaen *, NakhonRatchasima *, UdonThani * and UbonRatchathani; and South region:Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, SuratThani *, Narathiwat, Pattani, Phatthalung, Ranong *, Satun, Songkhla, Trang and Yala.

* Except for areas designated as pilot tourist destinations “Blue Zone”.

This press release is for reference only, and it is especially important to check regularly to stay on top of what remains a very fluid and rapidly changing situation.

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