Thailand seeks to reopen to vaccinated tourists from October without quarantine

Thailand is seeking to reopen its borders to vaccinated tourists by mid-October, with no quarantine requirements in place.

Yes, that means once again being able to explore its beautiful beaches and explore the temples and incredible landscapes.

This will be the first time the country has fully reopened to international visitors, since it first closed its borders in March 2020. Currently, there is a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a public facility for anyone arriving in Thailand. .

Authorities in Thailand had previously considered plans to attract vacationers despite quarantine – such as being able to spend your self-isolation on a yacht.

The Grand Palace in Bangkok

Now it is slated to reopen fully in October without the need for quarantine – provided visitors have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The country’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha revealed the news in a nationwide speech on Wednesday, in which he said that “reopening the country is one of the important ways to start reducing the enormous suffering of those who have lost their ability to earn income, ”Bloomberg reports.

Although it is slated to reopen completely to double-bitten tourists, the holiday hotspot is already testing the return of visitors in July, as it reopens Phuket to vaccinated visitors – with the quarantine lifted.

The program, dubbed “Phuket Sandbox” will start from July 1st. According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, vaccinated tourists from countries deemed to be low to medium risk will be able to visit Phuket without any quarantine requirements – although they will have to stay in Phuket for the first 14 days of their trip.

The list of countries from which visitors will be allowed to enter has not yet been confirmed.

The program will also be used as a model for other popular tourism hot spots in Thailand looking to reopen, ahead of the full restart in mid-October.

Traditional wooden boat in a perfect tropical bay on Koh Phi Phi island, Thailand
Thailand plans to reopen to vaccinated travelers in October

It is undeniable that the Thai tourism industry has suffered a huge blow during the pandemic. Phuket is estimated to have lost around £ 7 billion in tourism revenue in 2020, according to the Thailand Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA).

Currently vacationing in Thailand is not an option for Brits, as the country is on the UK’s Orange List. This means that anyone returning to the UK will have to self-isolate for 10 days at home, with PCR testing on days two and eight (there is an option to take the second test on day five, where a result negative will release you early).

However, there is hope for holidaymakers following news that the government is considering a plan in which Britons fully vaccinated against Covid could be exempted from self-isolation rules upon their return from destinations in the orange list.

At the time of writing, the Foreign Office advises against travel to some provinces in Thailand, including Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and parts of the southern province of Songkhla. You can find out more and get the latest updates in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thailand Travel Tips.

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