Thailand is now open – Here’s what you need to know

Thailand has officially reopened for non-quarantine travel for fully vaccinated visitors from dozens of approved countries.

Starting Monday, travelers to Thailand will have three entry options, including a convenient test-and-exit option available to vaccinated visitors from 46 countries around the world, including the United States and Canada.


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In addition to a vaccination certificate proving that at least 14 days have passed since receiving their last vaccine and a negative PCR test result issued no more than 72 hours before travel or a medical certificate of recovery for those who have contracted and recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months, eligible travelers (must have been in the approved country for at least 21 days) must request a Thailand Pass QR code on , have medical insurance with coverage of at least $ 50,000 and confirmation of payment for a minimum stay of one night upon arrival at a SHA Plus certified hotel or other approved quarantine facility.

Upon arrival in Thailand, travelers will submit the aforementioned documents to authorities during entry control before being transported to a pre-arranged COVID-19 testing center or their accommodation to undergo a mandatory PCR test. “Travelers should download and install the specified alert application (MorChana) and should wait in the accommodation only for the test result, which should be available within the day,” says the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Travelers with negative test results will then be free to travel anywhere in Thailand.

For fully vaccinated travelers from countries not yet on the approved list, Thailand’s new and improved Sandbox program only requires a week of soft quarantine in one of 17 approved provinces, including Bangkok; Krabi; Chon Buri (Banglamung, Pattaya, Si Racha, Ko Si Chang and Sattahip – Na Jomtien and Bang Sarey); Chiang Mai (Mueang, Doi Tao, Mae Rim and Mae Taeng); Trat (Ko Chang); Buri Ram (Mueang); Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Nong Kae); Phang-Nga; Phetchaburi (Cha-Am); Phuket; Ranong (Ko Phayam); Rayong (Ko Samet); Loei (Chiang Khan); Samut Prakan (Suvarnabhumi airport); Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao); Nong Khai (Mueang, Sangkhom, Si Chiang Mai and Tha Bo) and Udon Thani (Mueang, Ban Dung, Kumphawapi, Na Yung, Nong Han and Prachaksinlapakhom).

Sandbox travelers will still need proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of travel, and medical insurance with a minimum coverage of $ 50,000, but will also require a reservation of seven nights in approved accommodation in the aforementioned Sandbox areas and two of the additional tests, a PCR test done on arrival in Thailand and an antigen test done on the 6th or 7th day of their stay.

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Bangkok, Thailand cityscape. (photo courtesy of thitivong / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

The final entry option is Thailand’s Alternative Quarantine System, available to unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers as well as fully vaccinated travelers who do not wish to participate in the Sandbox program. Travelers vaccinated with an approved vaccine will be quarantined for seven days while unvaccinated or partially vaccinated air arrivals will be quarantined for 10 days. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated land arrivals should be quarantined for 14 days. Travelers participating in an alternative quarantine will undergo a PCR test on arrival and an antigen test on day 8 or 9. These individuals will also need to book a minimum 10-night reservation at an approved hotel and medical insurance with coverage. of at least $ 50,000.

The US State Department issued a Level 4 travel advisory for Thailand on August 9, advising Americans to avoid travel amid an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. In addition, authorities are asking travelers to reconsider their travel to Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla provinces due to civil unrest. Thailand has also received a Level 4 Travel Health Advisory from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. However, Thailand has seen the number of daily cases drop dramatically over the past two and a half months.

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