Connect with us

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

More restrictions being lifted on April 1 – shorter quarantine and no fit-to-fly certificates

Tanutam Thawan



No, it’s not an April Fool’s Day prank. At yesterday’s CCSA meeting it was decided to formally drop the quarantine period to 10 and 7 days, and ditch the fit-to fly documents, previously required for anyone travelling to Thailand. This all starts on Thursday, April 1.

The CCSA meeting agreed to shorten the former mandatory 14 day quarantine period to 10 days, for arrivals without a vaccination certificate, and to 7 days for those with a vaccine certificate. Then from April 1 to September 30, quarantine facilities will remain operative under the new guidelines. The April 1 easing of some arrival restrictions is the latest in Thailand’s plan to have most restrictions lifted by October this year.

CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin announced that from April 1 visitors to Thailand would not be required to show a fit-to fly document. They will be allowed to carry a Covid-19-free certificate instead (basically a negative Covid test result).

But the 14 day quarantine period remains for people arriving from areas where the Covid-19 virus has ‘mutated’. Variant strains have been reported in some parts of the world. The CCSA singled out the African continent a week ago when mentioning the variant strains of the virus.

The John Hopkins University reports that one of the main concerns about Covid-19 variants is the unknown effect the current treatments and vaccines will have on the variant strains.

“The variant known as B.1.351, which was identified in South Africa, is getting a closer look from researchers, whose early data show that the Covid-19 vaccine from Oxford-AstraZeneca provided “minimal” protection from that version of the coronavirus. Those who became sick from the B.1.351 coronavirus variant after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine experienced mild or moderate illness.”

“The B.1.351 variant has not been shown to cause more severe illness than earlier versions. But there is a chance that it could give people who survived the original coronavirus another round of mild or moderate Covid-19.”

In an additional easing of restrictions for travellers to Thailand, from April 1 to June 30, new arrivals will be allowed to leave their rooms on the condition that “they comply with the public health measures”. This includes using fitness facilities, swimming pool and outdoor exercise areas, as well as to buy food and goods outside the hotel. Exactly how this will work in practice is yet to be announced.

“From July 1 to September 30, people will be able to eat in restaurants at their hotels and have health massages. From October 1, quarantine will only be required for people arriving from specified world regions.”

SOURCES: TAT | Bangkok Post


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.



  1. Avatar


    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7:43 am

    1 week medical jail at your expense instead of 2 weeks. perhaps that’s an improvement, but go back a couple years and imagine if you had to do this!

    And suppose you get here and they give you a PCR test which gives a false positive… what then? You do know that the PCR test is wildly inaccurate and has been said so by the WHO.

  2. Avatar


    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7:55 am

    Still doesn’t explain which countries will still require 14 (16) day quarantine. Will this list change every few days?

  3. Avatar


    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 8:01 am

    The B.1.351 Covid variant has already been detected in Thailand.

  4. Avatar


    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Fit to fly took me few minutes to get it.
    14 to 10 days doesn’t make that much difference.

  5. Avatar


    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 9:03 am

    CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin announced that from April 1 visitors to Thailand would not be required to show a fit-to fly document. They will be allowed to carry a Covid-19-free certificate instead (basically a negative Covid test result).

    – Details, examples, forms, etc….please
    – And the same question for Vaccination?

    Thank you.

  6. Avatar

    Issan John

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 9:32 am

    “… This includes using fitness facilities, swimming pool and outdoor exercise areas, as well as to buy food and goods outside the hotel….”

    If correct (IF) that effectively means no quarantine including for Thai returnees who do not even need a pre-flight Covid test, as well as for Thais returning over land borders from Myanmar.

    At best the additional numbers of tourists will still be small as potential tourists will still read “quarantine” and go elsewhere so the benefits will be minimal.

    At worst it will inevitably mean that some tourists and returnees will carry the virus and pass it on to hotel staff, other guests. and anyone they meet outside – on present (low) numbers, around a dozen a day.

    The backlash to that, both from Thais and from tourists, could set any recovery back years as steps have to be taken to re-gain control of the virus, so leading to the worst possible outcome.

  7. Avatar


    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Quarantine asides, the string of paperwork hoops is something most regular tourists will not do.

  8. Avatar


    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 9:45 am

    sounds good. August 1st would be even better, but we’ll take what we can get. Thanks to the CCSA for finally coming to your senses, for realizing that total removal of the quarantines is really the final goal.

  9. Avatar


    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 11:39 am

    How do you justify reducing the quarantine from 14 to 10 days for those unvaccinated? It’s not like the virus is any less contagious, if anything it’s more. Reducing the quarantine to 7 days for those vaccinated is almost as bad. Few will visit for a quarantine that long, it’s low season anyway. The risk isn’t worth the reward.

  10. Avatar


    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    “The John Hopkins University reports that one of the main concerns about Covid-19 variants is the unknown effect the current treatments and vaccines will have on the variant strains.”


    Once all the suckers have taken the vaccine, expect the COVID version with the immune system bypassing GP120 protein (same as HIV) to start doing the rounds.

  11. Avatar


    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    IF you apply for COE today no changes even if you give arr date in april.It will be valid if application for COE will change.Till it is only plan.Nothing official yet.Passengers coming on 1-3 April still will be subject to 15 days quarantine as for today situation.

  12. Avatar

    Issan John

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Agreed 100%, Dave, “the final goal” – but how can it possibly be “coming to your senses” when the quarantine, at least as described by the media, is 100% meaningless?

    When tourists and Thai returnees can reportedly leave their ASQ and SQ hotels to go “shopping” and “buy things” without controls or supervision?

    When Thai returnees will be able to do so without even needing a pre-flight Covid test?

    When, if what is reported is correct (IF), effectively the only restriction is that tourists will have to pay an inflated price for full board in hotels they may not want to stay in?

  13. Avatar

    J West

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    What good is the reduction in quarantine days to 7 going to do? The quarantine period was set originally because science says that the incubation period of the virus in an asymptomatic carrier is 14-20 days.

    Reducing the quarantine period to seven guarantees that asymptomatic carriers will carry more active cases into the community once the virus has matured and reaches its most infectious stage because they weren’t quarantined long enough. Have they forgotten why the number of quarantine days were set in the first place? It wasn’t arbitrary…or punitive.

  14. Avatar

    toby andrews

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    My fear is that the Thais will falsely find the quaurantinny infected, and rush at great expense the the mug to hospital where they will loot the mug’s insurance at the highest rates for treatment in the world!
    In accordance with their corrupt Thai instinct . . .

  15. Avatar


    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    In order to have tourism , not only Thailand has to lift quarantine but also people must be able to return to their home countries without lock up.

    Dubai or the Dominican for example allow visitors to enter without any quarantine, but since European countries introduced quarantine for those arriving back from abroad, you hardly see any European tourist these days.

  16. Avatar

    David Mann

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    I think everyone is starting to get a little ahead of themselves as to what this all means. Having a plan or “roadmap” out of quarantine is essential for businesses. However it needs to be seen as a plan with significant dependencies. For example, in Europe there is currently what looks to be a significant 3rd wave of infections emerging. Vaccination levels; even in countries like the U.K. are significantly below the levels needed for herd immunity. Further mutations are taking place and the Thai authorities are clearly nervous about that. There is still a long way to go before we are back to normal and we should all expect some major twists and turns ahead. If you don’t want restrictions or quarantine and additional paperwork, along with freedom of movement in Thailand, then think Q2 2022

  17. Avatar

    Issan John

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    “My fear is that the Thais will falsely find the quaurantinny infected,…”

    So you keep saying, Toby, but it’s absurd.

    The swab is taken by one set of techs (some government, some private hospital staff, some government hospital staff); tests are done by any of 250 government test stations plus some government or private hospitals; results are given by a serial number, not by name, then, if positive, foreigners go to the private hospital of your or your insurers’ choice and Thais to a government hospital.

    What you “fear” just isn’t possible.

  18. Avatar


    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    The B.1.351 variant has been found in virtually every country that tourists will be coming from (including Thailand). Does that mean all countries still need the 14 day quarantine?

  19. Avatar

    Cooper Pat

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Can a vaccinated citizen of US EXPECT A 7 day quarantine as of April1???

  20. Avatar

    Tom Atwill

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    the seven day quarantine for vaccinated people is arbitrary and makes no sense. If you have been vaccinated and show Negative covid
    test then let them in. There is 0% risk. You will need to this anyway and the quicker the better. You need to get the economy moving again
    Destroying the economy and all the poverty that it is bring is far worse than any risk.
    Again 10,000 This die each year in traffic accidents so should we close all the roads ? That would solve that problem.

  21. Avatar

    No tourists, no problems!

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Since there is, and there will be, almost nobody coming anyway, under these mad conditions, there is absolutely no point. 14 x 0 = 0. But also 7 x 0 = 0. They dont need to bother. Except for those “ten million” wealthy Chinese or a handful of crazy farangs

  22. Avatar


    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    “Passengers coming on 1-3 April still will be subject to 15 days quarantine as for today situation.”

    Where did you get that information? Especially because at the moment information is impossible to get.

    I will arrive in the first week of April, and the hotel already wrote that we will get a refund if the quarantaine really goes to 10 days.

  23. Avatar

    Wayne C

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    LOL if somebody would please tell me exactly which countries do not have some type of variant of the virus LOL
    So in theory expect to do a 14 day quarantine Sorry that’s actually 15 to 16 day quarantine . I don’t care what country you’re coming from unless you’re vaccinated . Or you’re coming from China .

    Sorry but they’ve made the conditions on traveling to Thailand so confusing it’s gotten to be to the point where if you have blonde hair with a dog that lamps on the right foot your quarantine location and specifications are one thing but if you have brown hair and you have a cat that is very ugly your quarantine and location is completely different now if you have red hair and your dog barks don’t plan on entering the country I don’t know too confusing for me .

    They are trying the best they can , they’re scared to death of the virus , but they’re desperate for the income from tourist .

  24. Avatar


    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    But let’s leave them to their fate !!! But who cares about running back to Thailand !!!

  25. Avatar

    Peter Nielsen

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    The government has to remove it. People are getting more and more desperate. Destruction of the tourism sector is absolutely devastating to the people’s economies. They government does not have any alternative but letting tourists in.

  26. Avatar


    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 12:20 am

    If you have gotten vaccinated you have the CDC card to show, and more importantly What I have been using to travel is my actual State vaccination record that shown the vaccinations on a official looking document, and can be verified if needed. I also registered with the IATA, and uploaded everything and have my ” Vaccine Passport” QR code on the App. They will be going Live on April 1st from what I have heard as a Beta tester for the APP. Check out the IATA webpage for more info.

  27. Avatar

    Tom Atwill

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 1:34 am

    A fully vaccinated person with negative Covid test results is completely safe nd should be allowed in. Thailand will
    have to do this eventually or poverty and collapsed economy will be result

  28. Avatar


    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 1:40 am

    If you’ve been vaccinated there is no need to quarantine at all, you’ve had the vaccine, you take 2 negative tests, you don’t have Covid, why can’t people get that into their thick skulls.

  29. Avatar

    James R

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 3:12 am

    I have had my inoculation as have 25 millions others in the UK.

    I normally spend six months or more each year in Thailand but why should I want to go to Thailand and risk getting a mutated version of the virus from Thai people who have not had the vaccine.

    The vaccination program in Thailand is painfully slow, it will take them years at this rate.

    No tests are being done in Thailand so no one knows what is really going on there, I bet people are dying in the thousands in villages and the cause will of course be ‘natural causes’.

    Of course Issan John will rubbish my comments as he seems to have been brainwashed by the government while living as a long term temporary visitor. ?

  30. Avatar


    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 5:02 am

    James R your concerns don’t make any logical sense, you don’t want to go to Thailand because unvaccinated Thais may give you the new Outer Mongolian mutated version of Covid which can somehow defeat your vaccine, but the Thais are going to be given the same or very similar vaccines as you’ve had, therefore they will catch the new mutation, therefore the vaccines are useless.

    There have been over 400 million vaccines administered around the world, they work, don’t listen to the doom mongers and anti vaxers, once you’ve had your 2nd jab you can go to Thailand happy in the knowledge you’re safe, if they’ll let you in that is.

  31. Avatar


    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 9:04 am

    James R
    It’s clear that immunity to other varieties of coronavirus provides at least partial resistance to sars-cov-2. That alone is good enough. The idea that vaccines won’t work against new strains is yet another in a long chain of fearmongering hypotheticals the media throws at us. Vaccines are all but certain to provide at least partial resistance to new strains. New strains are all but certain to weaken. Prevalence of covid is all but certain to continue to decrease as natural immunity and vaccinations spread. And finally, the actually risk of death to the general population is only 0.2%. So all these things together and a tiny risk of 0.2% has been cut in half or even reduced by three quarters.

    How much more safety are you people gonna demand before you get on with your lives? There will never be 100% safety for everything, and a life in which we are forced to accept nothing less than 100% safety is a life that isn’t worth living. Realistically, you were always safe. Air pollution in Asia is many times more likely to kill you than convid.

  32. Avatar

    Issan John

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 9:20 am

    “Of course Issan John will rubbish my comments …”

    No need for me to “rubbish” rubbish, James R.

    As London AI said, your comment makes no sense at all, as usual. If the vaccination you’ve had gives you no protection against variant X, vaccinations Thais haven’t had would give them (so indirectly you) no protection either.

    As for your “I bet people are dying in the thousands in villages and the cause will of course be ‘natural causes’” based on nothing more than your head in the sand bigotry that if the UK got it so badly wrong then Thailand must be worse, despite all the clear, verifiable evidence to the contrary, I just can’t be bothered – a dead dog has more ability to follow logic.

  33. Avatar

    Roger Bruce

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Just wait until all have vaccines only way to do this

    however, Thailand will be last on list cos vaccines cost the gov money

    This Gov is not only super corrupt but super dumb

    Good Luck Thailand

  34. Avatar


    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    anyhow they keep launching news which are latter looking all like a 1st of April Fool prank.. Lest wet and sea

  35. Avatar

    Alan Railton

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    I have read several times on Thaiger over past few days that the Quarantine time for unvaccinated Foreign visitors has been reduced to 19 days with a Negative Covid Test
    In addition it clearly states in the article and on several other days that the Quarantine period would be reduced to 7 days after April 1st if you have received a vaccination. The article again quoted Bangkok Post, a well respected Paper.

    However I also read in the Nation and Bloomberg that while the 10 day quarantine would be effective the 7 day quarantine with a Valid Covid vaccination had been put on hold .
    Which is the truth…..this is quite important for returning foreign residents and international visitors. It is very unprofessional to print this if it is not substantiated by a Official Government Source.

  36. Avatar

    James R

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 1:31 am

    London Al, Issan John

    If Thailand takes years to vaccinate its people then of course there will be many mutations of the virus that is why the world should be vaccinated.

    You don’t seem to understand how mutations work over long periods of time in untreated bodies. Once most people are treated theses mutations are minor, but in long term untreated bodies they mutate at an alarming rate.

    Issan, if you believe the figurers given to you then more fool you, how can it be people are not separating from each other, people mixing in the millions in Thailand which if done elsewhere causes the virus to flourish in those countries but for some reason magically not in Thailand, it is just illogical.

    Here vaccinations per day are 750,000 plus, you have done a few thousand so far in Thailand, at that rate you are looking at years.

  37. Avatar

    Roger C

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 9:59 am

    It’s a beginning.

  38. Avatar


    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    As per my ASQ hotel this is still in planning stage and is not yet finalized.
    Said that they are still waiting for an official published circular from the government.

  39. Avatar

    Andy W

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    I’m surprised, but It’s a small step in the right direction.
    However I wish they’d refer to them more correctly as “8 nights”, “11 nights” and “15 nights” quarantine.

  40. Avatar


    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    @Peter Nielsen
    Sorry, but it’s well past the “it could happen” stage. It’s currently unfolding, the media are just not going to be allowed to spotlight it.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

If you have story ideas, a restaurant to review, an event to cover or an issue to discuss, contact The Thaiger editorial staff.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand13 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Australian released from death row, Samui restaurant raided | September 20

News14 hours ago

Pathum Thani man allegedly lights building on fire, sticks around to laugh and smile

Thailand14 hours ago

Australian and American on Thai death row released from Thai death row, Supreme Court clears drug trafficking case

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

World15 hours ago

Insect snacks hit Japanese vending machines

Thailand16 hours ago

The Return of ‘THE TIM’ | Thaiger Bites | September 20

Coronavirus (Covid-19)16 hours ago

Monday Covid Update: 12,709 new cases; provincial totals

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand16 hours ago

Pattaya laundry shop reports ladies’ underwear thief is on the loose

World17 hours ago

Hanoi to ease Covid restrictions this week

Thailand18 hours ago

Morning Top Stories | No approved October re-opening, Phuket easing restrictions | September 20

Thailand18 hours ago

Government believes more suspects involved in theft from budget meant for the disabled

Thailand20 hours ago

Dual Pricing and Reduced tax on Alcohol | Good Morning Thailand | Episode 92

Thailand20 hours ago

Around 20 people arrested at Koh Samui restaurant for drinking alcohol, gambling, playing pool

Bangkok20 hours ago

Bangkok residents warned of flooding risk as torrential rain forecast this week

Thailand21 hours ago

Government seeks to regulate infectious waste disposal charges

World21 hours ago

Manny Pacquiao to run for president of the Philippines

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14 | Thaiger
Thailand7 days ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11