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For the past year the mandatory quarantine period in Thailand has been 14 days, sometimes up to 16 days and 15 nights. Now the Thai government has reviewed the quarantine period and announced changes.

If you’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus, the mandatory quarantine period will be reduced from 14 days to 7 days. The announcement was made by Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirankul in a press conference yesterday afternoon. Those who haven’t been vaccinated, but have a medical certificate declaring that they are Covid-free, will be required to quarantine to 10 days, Anutin said, according to Reuters.

Minister Anutin says vaccinations must be administered within 3 months of travelling to Thailand. Travellers must still show negative Covid-19 test results issued within 72 hours of their departure to Thailand. Those travelling from Africa must still quarantine for 14 days “due to concerns about new variants of the coronavirus”.

We’ll update the details on this announcement as they come to hand.

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    Nipral

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    another bad joke from this moronic military sort-of-government. You’ll fail again kids !!!!

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    Kalim

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    What about children?

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    Daniel Verex

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    Going in the right direction. However, does this mean if you had the vaccine 4 months prior to visit you may need a top up.

    Anyone seen any commentaries on having multiple doses too soon..?

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    Jitendra Bahubali

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    why would you quarantine vaccinated people? I mean what is the next step after vaccination? When can a person travel without q ? Is there any further step then vaccination? Why do you guys want q people so much? how much you get commision per person on q?
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    Jon

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Bye bye to tourism forever, Thailand. Mexico it is.

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    Tim Houston

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    “vaccinations must be administered within 3 months of travelling to Thailand.” So if you have been vaccinated more that 3 months before your travel, your vaccine is voided?

    “Those who have not been vaccinated, but have a medical certificate declaring that they are Covid-free” is that a new way to call a Covid test result?

    “will be required to quarantine to 10 days” so the 14 days quarantine has been dropped to 10 days.

    “Travellers must still show negative Covid-19 test results issued within 72 hours of their departure to Thailand” never can be too cautious…

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    luca

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    is it so hard for Thais to understand that if they don’t clear the quarantine no one will come on vacation? In the coming months, thanks to vaccinations, Europeans and Americans will start traveling again, no one will go on vacation where there is quarantine.
    I think the Thai dictator is afraid to tell his subjects that international tourism will only reopen in mid-2022 or maybe later.

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    Frank Leboeuf

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7:56 pm

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    Bozo

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Ridiculous!
    This health minister is single handedly responsible for so much damage to the Thai economy. They are obsessed with a myth that a vaccinated and tested person traveling using all the safety protocols is less safe than a typical untested, unvaccinated, unmasked local. Even one day of quarantine is unacceptable for many travelers like myself. Time is money and their “solution” to this problem is much too dear.

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    Yan

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    So…Anutin will take the “dirty farang” back?

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    Maverick

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    Another half baked idea, what part of quarantines do not work for tourist arrivals do they not get.

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    LondonAl

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    I was really hoping for something better, I come to Thailand for 2 weeks at a time, I’m not spending half my holiday in a quarantine hotel, this will not bring back tourists.

    If they’d said 1 or 2 nights whilst they await the results of the test taken at BKK I might have gone for it, I’ve been vacinated twice, I live in an area where there are 40 cases per 100k population, I have taken a negative test 3 days before flying and another negative test on arrival, I DON’T HAVE COVID!!!

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    James R

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    I had my first vaccine last week and the next one has been booked for May this year.

    So if i travel to Thailand after August this year I will have to quarantine for 14 days as it will have been more than three months since I had my vaccine, that does not make any sense as I am not going to get another one.

    So goodbye Thailand until you come up with something sensible.

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    Ian

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    Why do you have to quarantine for 7 days if you have had the vaccines had a pcr test 72 hrs before it’s still a scam especially when many other countries are now opening up to tourists with no quarantine and they put it down to 10 days if not had vaccine so this means they’ve scammed people for 6 days hotel money unnecessarily total scammers

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    BangkokBen

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    That’s a good start for tourists who will stay at least a couple months. But we’ll believe it when we see it happen.

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    Yan

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Anutin seems, after all, to realise that his government with 150 Generals (Total U.S.A has only 70!) and a corrupt Royal Thai Police force…( according to the law, can this force be named “Royal”? Is this not in conflict with the law respecting the rules of the Highest in command?) is not able to take care of it’s own people without the Billions coming in from the by him so called “dirty farang” who take care and help families to survive…help children to study and build up a future. The same farang companies who developed vaccines in no time…but mister Anutin postponed to order…for the usual reasons?

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    I strongly suggest reading the Reuters source report, which contains a lot more information for some reason not given here.

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    BangkokBen

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Just noticed the reduced quarantine only applies to people vaccinated within 3 months. So, by October, most people will have gone more than 3 months and the full quarantine will apply. Now we know tourism in Thailand will not come back in 2021.

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    EdwardV

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    So a vaccination is only good for a 3 day difference on the quarantine. A seven day quarantine is still too long, and the within 3 month vaccination is going to be unworkable. Oh well I guess it’s Europe this fall after all.

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    David

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Pretty good news for travelers & business personnels.
    Here’s no indication when will start to allow vaccinated tourists to the Kingdom?

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    chan

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    There is no point if that one vaccinated and show negative and also test after departure but still have to Q 7 days.
    I think Thai Gov is over protected.

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    Sanuk

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Things are getting interesting.
    For those who don’t want to get vaccinated, may as well quarantine for ten days instead of seven days just to get vaccinated. For me both quarantine periods are still too long.
    Three days for vaccinated people should be the max.
    Five days for non vaccinated people should be the max.

    Maybe they reduce the days in a few months.

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    It’s all a bit confusing, to put it mildly.

    As far as I can understand it, from next month:

    Those coming from Africa, vaccinated or not – no change, 14 days quarantine.

    Those not vaccinated, with a pre-flight negative test, 10 days quarantine – down from 14 days.

    Those vaccinated, with a pre-flight negative test, 7 days quarantine – down from 14 days.

    Thais vaccinated but with no pre-flight test – 7 days quarantine after two negative tests in country, so still around 14 days.

    Thais not vaccinated but with a pre-flight negative test, 10 days quarantine – down from 14 days.

    So, apparently, the current 14 days (16?) quarantine is to be reduced to 10 (12?) for those not vaccinated and 7 (9?) for those vaccinated (except those from Africa).

    But ONLY for those vaccinated “within three months of travelling to Thailand”

    With more possible “easing of restrictions” after October “if Thailand inoculates 70% of medical personnel and at-risk groups”.

    Is that right???

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    Bogdan

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    vaccine and 7 day’s quarantine….. forget about any Turist just expats will do that

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    Me

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    They can dream on if they think that bullshit will bring back tourists.

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    charles

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    so in other words its a no to foreign tourists even those who have been vaccinated. They just need to tell the rest of the world no longer open for business we don’t need you, this is just insane & will end up costing all those tourist related businesses that have struggled to stay open to finally shut their doors for good

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    Joe Nyomozo

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Hmm…. 7 and 10 days! Seems so arbitrary! After all at least the US vaccines say that two weeks after the 2nd shot you can’t transmit the virus and not likely to get sick. I think un vaccinated Thai citizens are more of a danger than vaccinated tourists! But that is what happens when lots of people that are clueless make the rules!

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    But same price as 14 days right?

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    Stave

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    If I take vaccine again after 3 month then who will take the responsivity of my death?

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    Alavan

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    “Anutin said the country may need to order an additional 10 to 20 million doses, which it could source from other producers.”
    Is this how he wants to stop Covid? What about protecting every Thai?
    By the way, vaccinations given less than 3 months ago… In UK, US and EU they try to vaccinate everybody in thge comming months. So with the arrival of the high season in Thailand those vaccinations are void?

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    EdwardV

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    If the safety of Thai citizens is paramount, why drop the quarantine from 14 to 10 days for those unvaccinated? What makes now special, has the risk gone away? If vaccinated people can still carry and infect others as we have been told (or at least the data saying otherwise isn’t clear yet), why only 7 days of quarantine? What is so special about 7 days? Will you be able to travel to Thailand the day after your second shot or do you have to wait two weeks till you are fully protected? Thereby making the window even smaller. Why within three months? What if your vaccination is by a maker who isn’t approved in Thailand, is it still valid? If Thailand believes these changes will draw a significant amount of tourists, they are going to be in for a rude awakening. Vaccinated people are not going to quarantine, not when there are other places to go that don’t require one. A list that is growing by the week. Expect these rules to drastically be lowered by October, just in time for the high season.

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    Wanderer

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 12:02 am

    You can put a tuxedo on a goat, but it’s still a goat. No tourist is going to travel to Thailand as long as there is a quarantine! Stop listening to these clueless people with their weekly changing and poorly thought plans. If you really want to know when and how Thailand will open to tourism, follow what other ASEAN countries are planning, and Thailand will amazingly and quickly open in like manner to grab their share of the few tourists that can travel. Thailand is a follower, not a leader on re-opening. As another has noted, there is greater risk from unvaccinated/un-tested Thais than from vaccinated tourists; they just haven’t figured that out yet.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 12:15 am

    I’m just gobsmacked.

    Why, after a year, reduce 14 days to 10? What’s the advantage over the risk?

    … and why exclude Africa, when there are plenty of variants elsewhere?

    … and why seven days for the vaccinated?

    … and how are families meant to come?

    … or even couples, unless they had the vaccinations within three months of each other?

    … and why three months anyway, not two or six?

    … just gobsmacked … 😢

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    Michael

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 12:58 am

    “why would you quarantine vaccinated people?”

    It seems that some people still do not get it. Or do not want to.

    When you are vacinated you can still spread Covid. As long as not all people are vaccinated in Thailand, any relaxation of the quarantine is a risk.

    So do not expect too much before 2022. Because they are not that fast here with the vaccination program.

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    MATT

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 1:21 am

    So is this dude saying we need a vaccine every three months to go to Thailand #NOTHAPPENING

    BYE BYE $$$ LOS

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    Matt

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 1:23 am

    You got it right……..This is DUMB!

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    Bigsleazypappa

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 1:23 am

    Stupid,confusing and absolute utter nonsense yet again the Thai government must be so proud of their actions anyone else would laugh at the news. I wonder what is going to be next ?? Thai government are a disgrace to their people!!

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    Matt

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 1:26 am

    Quarantine #NOTOURISTS

    No Quarantine #$$$Tourists$$$

    Nuff Said…..

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    Rasputin

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Well that stops 7 days quarantine for UK people, we have to wait 3 months (12 weeks) between doses. Makes no sense to me at all

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    Bruno

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 1:50 am

    They need to learn it on the hard way ! Stay away – til there is NO quarantine for vaccinated !
    they need to sink deeper ! in meantime other countries will open up . where we can stay with out be accused of anything . negative. . ” dirty farangs”!

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    Paul

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 2:39 am

    Got jabbed last week, 2nd dose is mid May. Was looking at Thailand in November so this null and voids my jab. How short sighted

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    L-Dogg

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 3:36 am

    I had my second shot early February and completed my vaccine schedule. So now by May 4th I won’t be able to enter Thailand because I am past the 3 month window. I had a trip rebooked for this November to Thailand, looks like I’ll try to get my money back or another travel credit again. I thought for sure they would have this shit worked out by then, but at this rate I doubt it. Guess I won’t see Thailand until I enter on my spousal visa in a few years from now to live there permanently.

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    James

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 4:36 am

    Simple this thai goverment is obssesed with keeping Thailand covid free Forever . They are willing to destroy life Forever for their own citizens for a sligtly more dangerous flu.

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    Hui stepanov

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 4:59 am

    Wow the level of stupidity is astonishing in this country.

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    Nipral

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 5:41 am

    Very good news : yet another dead high-season (bookings are being made now) and more
    people starving ! Who cares ? Certainly not Prayut and his brainless gang !

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    Desmond Three Three

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 6:07 am

    Calm down my fellow “dirty” farangs. In a couple of months time new regulations will be announced but in all liklehood we must all be patient and accept 2021 is a write off to go to Thailand. Early 2022 has always been my prediction for quarantine to be dropped as by this time a lot of the Thai citizens would have been vaccinated. Theres no shortcut and i would advise my fellow comrades to not hold onto any false hopes for this year. Peace out.

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    Garry

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 7:35 am

    That bit of a joke you had both jabs and covid test to show negative and they still want to lock you up in hotel for a week they should getting the thai people vaccine has most countries are on there way to get there jabs

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    Ronny

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Yeah well 2022 is a long way off for stuggling thai tourist business and people trying to survive. Its just bad policy and the suicide rate will be much higher than covid deaths.

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    Peeka boo

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Why are people surprised?
    People like him are not the one’s struggling so they don’t worry if we come or not, by the third quarter things will change again and be more lenient for dirty farangs.

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    MB

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Seems like the Health Minister has already obtained his official report that Vaccines are only good enough for 3 months, and that 7 day Q is the way to ensure that vaxed people are safe.
    Please share the report with the rest of the world cause you seem to be the first

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    Ray W.

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 9:07 am

    Should have opened everything with a test in June20. At this point just open the boarders, period. We have suffered enough, IF we can get our business operational again we won’t have any ROI to matter, and the serious capital investment to jump start will already be committed. This has been insanely mismanaged, the closure has been worse then the disease.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 9:49 am

    The baffling part is that it’s not even trying to “keep Thailand Covid free forever”, but the polar opposite! 😕

    If 14 days quarantine was needed before, then 14 days is still needed now as nothing’s changed – and if only 10 days is needed now, then only 10 days was needed before! 😢

    … and if 14 days is still needed for the African variant (vaccinated or not) then 14 days is needed for all other variants as the incubation periods are the same! 😡

    … and if the aim is to only have “70% of hospital staff and the vulnerable vaccinated by October” (not 70% of the population) that’s only some 20% of the general population so completely USELESS for herd immunity!😠

    It’s INCREASING the risk, not reducing it, for absolutely no benefit – no more will put up with 10 days quarantine than would 14.

    As for those vaccinated, while 3 days for a PCR test on arrival may have been acceptable for some 7 days will never be acceptable for any but a very, very few, and the 3 month limit after vaccinating will mean that 3/4 of those vaccinated every year will still face 10 days quarantine so be cancelling their holidays right now.

    I always try to support the Thai view in their country, but I can’t see many Thais supporting this as it’s just plain daft.

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    ACE

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    Again & again & again, still kept worrying on quarantine forever instead taking care of it’s citizens by restoring the economy & tourism industry. It will lasts until the beginning of 2023.

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    Ray

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    My two cents: By summer it is expected that people can travel in Europe without restrictions. If this goes well and infection rates keep dropping, I suspect Thailand will throw out quarantine for vaccinated travelers a few months later. Providing that they already inoculated their own vulnerable citizens. Till then there will virtually no foreign tourists coming to LOS.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    I am gobsmacked too John, as you put it in your charming way.
    Could it be that government wants to hold onto the lucrative quarantine income, and still attract tourists – could be.
    The great brains of Thailand will be huddled together, like witches round a caldron, trying to work out how to still collect big money from tourists entering Thailand, and having tourists return in large numbers.

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    RotherhamRich

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    So you don’t want tourists back? Vaccination is the key to managing this global problem. You will not get it any better than vaccinating tourist and your own population‘. Until you achieve the latter, allow vaccinated people to visit with a pre- travel test, test on arrival and any other hoops you want them to jump through but not quarantine. Visitors will not pay to be locked up even for one day! And what is this nonsense about acceptance of the 7 day quarantine scheme within 3 months of receiving a COVID jab? Where is the science in that decision? That will take me out as I have my second jab in April so my planned travel in October will mean quarantine which I am not prepared to do. We can’t choose when we get the jab as it’s not available commercially! Also, what’s the science about having too many vaccinations? Get real Thailand or loose your tourists to other destinations.

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    Craig

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Haha what an absolute farce!
    I’ve already had my second dose, but if the borders reopen later this year I’d still have to have 14 days in quarantine… unbelievable!

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    TV

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Just enjoy the quarantine; it’s pretty relaxing. It’s like meditation. I did it for 14 days, and I easily could have stayed another 14 days. You have great wifi, good food, Netflix, some books, a comfortable bed, and you get over your jetlag. I can really recommend anyone to go for it, even post Covid, because you’re worth it!

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    Paul gibson

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    These numpty who write on here and say the 14 days quarantine was great I wonder if these numptys think what they pay for the quarantine was great prices to pay I look at the covid19 test at was £230 fit fly was £130 insurance was £300 the 90 days visa was £190 if u are a numpty to pay £800 and at is just for 1 person without flights all I can say u must be a desperate old man who cant live without thailand .thailand must be your world

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    Richard

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 9:39 am

    So why the hell even take the vaccine…?

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    Michael

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    To late for Thailand. It will ever recover. People tired of new bs plan everyday. Mexico is open. Simple fact. Why spend all that money and time. Go to mia or ria smog no thanks. Bangkok protest no thanks. Beach no thanks nothing to enjoy after the water walk around and see dead city and village. People want a vacation not to be on a u.n. mission.

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    Al

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    This makes sense. Vaccine is only 92-96% effective. This means 8,000 to 4,000 people with possible COVID for every 100,000 vaccinated ones (pre-covid daily tourists into Thailand). With normal infection rates, this means letting somewhere between 100 and 1,000 people with COVID into the country if no quarantine. Thanks Thai Government for having made the math and keeping us protected

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Think nightlife, think gatherings of more than 50 people, think restaurants. These are the area the government has generally targeted. The CCSA spokesperson yesterday, and the Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, went out of their way to portray the new restrictions as NOT curfews and NOT lockdowns. But, if you live in a red zone province, including Bangkok, then the new set of restrictions are a lockdown in just about every sense without outright telling people to stay at home.

Everything will have to be closed from 11pm – 4am in the morning, including all convenience stores. Hope you’ve paid your Netflix subscription!

The government is also advising businesses in Bangkok, and other red zone provinces, to allow employees to work from home, or have adequate precautions in place if they need to work in the offices.

Unlike the last two outbreaks of Covid within Thailand, this cluster has emerged from the indulgences of Bangkok’s hi-sos, celebrity and look-at-me culture. The trendy clubs around Thong Lor and Ekkamai are the destination for people that want, or need, to be seen, including some politicians who have either ended up infected or knew someone in the club and pub scene and have had to self-isolate.

The late evening sojourns, with nary a care for masks or social distancing, small spaces, lots of people… it has proven the perfect breeding ground for a new Covid cluster.

Bangkok’s legendary shopping centres and community malls will have to shut their doors by 9pm, a situation now across the board for all Thai shopping centres including places like your local Tesco mall.

But convenience stores, supermarkets, community markets can stay open until 11pm.

At this stage people are being advised not to travel to Bangkok, or any other red zone province, for the next 2 week (after midnight tonight). The travel advisory isn’t an order at this stage, more of a hurry-up-and-get-back-from-your-holidays request.

Last weekend saw the mass exodus out of the city. The same return from the provinces is happening today and tomorrow. Even though the official Songkran holiday ran from Tuesday to Thursday this week, plenty of people have take the Mondays and Friday off last week to end up with an extended 9 day holiday. The government was hoping the longer Songkran break would be a boon for the shattered hospitality and tourism businesses. But last weekends sudden climb of new Covid infections caused some people to cancel or postpone their bookings.

The annual Songkran road toll, usually a national disgrace, was cut by over 50% this year due to the lack of traffic and people deciding to wait it out and catch up with their families later.

Thailand recorded 1,547 new infections around Thailand today, a slight drop from yesterdays’ 1,585 reported new cases. But the last 4 days have revealed the largest list of daily infections since the first case was detected in Thailand on January 13 last year, a 61 year old Chinese passenger on a flight from Wuhan to Suvarnabhumi – the first known case of the novel coronavirus outside of China.

2 leading police from the Thong Lor police station have already been sidelined into inactive posts, a face-saving measure to show the government were being pro-active in reacting to the sloppy enforcement (or non-existent enforcement) of Covid precautions in the district’s active nightlife. Officials are also tracking down the owners of the nightclubs and bars for potential prosecution, principally around Bangkok and in Phuket where parties, promoted and run by a group called ‘Kolour’ ended up becoming Covid spreader events.

Here’s a list of the red zone provinces.

1. Bangkok
2. Chiang Mai
3. Chon Buri
4. Samut Prakan
5. Prachuap Khiri Kan
6. Samut Sakhon
7. Pathum Thani
8. Nakhon Pathom
9. Phuket
10. Nakhon Ratchasima
11. Nonthaburi
12. Songkhla
13. Tak
14. Udon Thani
15. Suphanburi
16. Sa Kaeo
17. Rayong
18. Khon Kaen

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