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Thailand Reopening – When Will Thailand’s Borders Open For Tourism – Can I Travel To Thailand?

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Updated 9 November 2021

Thailand has finally reopened its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from all over the world. Understandably, many travellers are looking to reacquaint themselves with Thailand's extraordinary beauty and cultural uniqueness.

Here's all you need to know about Thailand reopening; its entry requirements, list of allowed countries, and vaccination and quarantine requirements.

What is the current situation like in Thailand?

As of 9 November 2021, the official tally has reported a total of 1,982,495 confirmed casesin Thailand, where the population is more than 69.8 million. With 1,865,487 cases of recovery, Thailand's recovery rate is at an encouraging 94 percent.

At present, with the assumption that every person needs 2 doses, Thailand's vaccination rate is at about 56.5 percentof the total population.

Thailand has now reopened its borders to fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air from 63 approved countries/territories. Travellers must have stayed in the approved countries for a period of 21 days or more before departing for Thailand. More on this below.

Are there airlines flying to Thailand now?

A search through Wegoshows that there are several international flight schedules departing to Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Ko Samui from countries the likes of England, France, Germany, The UAE, Australia, South Korea, Singapore, and numerous others.

Among the more notable airlines are Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, and Thai Airways.

Am I allowed to visit Thailand now?

Yes, if you are departing from or have spent 21 days in specified countries prior to your trip to Thailand. The list of approved countries into Thailand are as follows:

Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan.

Fully vaccinated travellers travelling from the above countries are allowed to enter Thailand without having to serve quarantine. Note that travellers will be asked to spend a night in a government-approved hotel while they await the results of their Covid-19 test.

As for fully vaccinated travellers departing from countries not mentioned above, they are permitted to enter for tourism purposes by way of Thailand's sandbox program. The program requires travellers to spend seven days in designated hotels in destinations including Phuket, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui. After seven days have elapsed, travellers will be allowed to freely visit other parts of the country.

Non or partially vaccinated travellers

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers may still enter Thailand but must serve the mandatory alternative quarantine of 10 days in a designated quarantine hotel in Bangkok, Phuket, or Samui before they can travel to other parts of Thailand.

What do I need to prepare if I need to visit Thailand now?

General tourists are not required to apply for a Thai visa. Visitors from countries under the visa exemption listare not required to obtain a Thai visa in order to travel to Thailand for tourism purposes.

The Thai Immigration Bureau will allow foreigners to stay in Thailand for 30 days. Tourists will have the option to apply for 30 days visa extension at any local immigration office in Thailand. The visa extension due to COVID-19 is valid for 60 days.

Required documents

The following are necessary for travel to Thailand.

  • The Thailand Pass systemhas replaced the Certificate of Entry (CoE) as one of the prerequisites for entering Thailand. You can apply for the pass here
  • A certificate of vaccination with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling. Note that travellers under 12 years of age travelling with parents or guardians are exempt from the vaccination requirement
  • A COVID-19 health insurance policy with a minimum coverage of USD 50,000 (this does not apply to nationals of Thailand)
  • A confirmed payment for a 1-night stay at SHA+, AQ, OQ, or AHQ accommodation, and 1 RT-PCR test
  • A medical certificate with an RT-PCR laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected, issued no more than 72 hours before departure

Aside from the Thailand Pass, flight and hotel bookings, and COVID insurance, travellers are only required to provide the COVID-19 RT-PCR test that is taken and conducted within 72 hours before their flight from their country of departure.

Is it safe to travel to Thailand?

Like much of the world, Thailand continues its struggle against the viral infection through local lockdowns and stringent health and quarantine on arrival protocols. COVID cases are decreasing in Thailand as the country comes out of its third and worst wave of infections.

On the vaccination front, the government of Thailand is targeting a 70 percent fully vaccinated rate of the population by the end of 2021. Thailand vaccination rate currently stands at around 56.5 percent.

Social distancing and mask-wearing protocols continue to be observed in Thailand.

What are the things open right now in Thailand?

Thailand adopts a color-coded zoning systemin determining the COVID-19 situation across the country. The zones are dark red, red, orange, yellow, and blue.

The blue zone represents the designated tourist destinations such as Phuket, Bangkok, Chon Buri, Buri Ram, and numerous others. Establishments and businesses in Blue Zone provinces can largely resume their new normal operations.

This means that public establishments the likes of shopping venues, convenience stores, markets, cinemas and theatres, sports venues, hair salons and barbershops, massage and spa shops, beauty and aesthetic clinics, and tattoo shops can now offer their services to guests.

Additionally, restaurants and eateries may also resume normal opening hours and are allowed to serve dine-in customers alcoholic beverages. Meanwhile, social events and meetings may also be held normally with no limitation on the number of attendees.

Please note, however, that entertainment venues including pubs, bars and karaokes will remain closed for the time being.