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ASQ, changes for people arriving in Thailand. After 12 months of forcing foreign travellers into a 14 day mandatory stay in a hotel, at their expense, as part of the Alternative State Quarantine program… better know as the ASQ… the Thai government have slightly relented in a revised ASQ.

The updated quarantine is a response to immense pressure from the tourism industry to do something, anything… to encourage overseas visitors to come back to Thailand. The update takes into account the current roll out of vaccinations for the coronavirus around the world, the biggest such operation in history. It’s yet to be seen if the reduction in the quarantine will do much to boost the amount of travellers willing to take on a quarantine period and all the paperwork that’s been added to the travel process.

It’s also a gamble for a risk-averse government who will be watching for any rise in coronavirus case numbers. From April, the Thai government is cutting the mandatory quarantine in half, from 14 to seven days, for any foreign travellers arriving in Thailand, IF you have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

There are a few things to note in the fine print… Vaccinations have to be administered within three months of your departure and travellers are still required to produce a negative Covid-19 test result within three days before departure. If you haven’t had a coronavirus vaccine, but you can produce the paperwork with a negative coronavirus result, you will have to spend 10 days in quarantine.

The revised quarantine program won’t apply to people travelling from the African continent, who will still have to quarantine for the full 14 days. The Health Minister cites the emergence of variants of the coronavirus for this exception, despite the variants popping up in many other places around the world.

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    EdwardV

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 10:55 am

    Wonder if those currently in quarantine or having just finished feel a little angry right now?

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    David Jackson

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 11:10 am

    It will not matter whether the quarantine is reduced to seven minutes…it will NOT fix tourism into the country because of the additional red-tape pertaining to this system (insurance, flight to coincide with hotel, 72 Hour covid, fit to fly, letter from embassy). I know; I did quarantine 6 months ago and the efforts required prior to getting on the plane are extreme. Scrap everything in April and watch this country literally thrive.

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    Nipral

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 11:39 am

    No need to meet it won’t work as everything this sort-of-government does !!!

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    Patrick Robert Marcel nouvel

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    good move but far more too little to save thousands of hotels closure by July and by end year, that move may double the about long terms 1200 real tourists, figure after taking out returnees numbers we have to forget all other statistics threw to us via the crystal ball owned by TAT and various government offices to save face. A potential trillion bath of direct income for the country should be going again in 2021 into dusbin. Forget also the collateral incomes due the poor buying power of the said hotels and restaurants due lack of tourists, for sure we cant be aware of such difficult numbers.

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    Happy Tourist

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Mai dai.

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    William

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Its not a smart move and it would not thrive the bankrupt tourism industries. If the person been vaccinated why he have to be quarantined 7 days while the Non-Vaccinated quarantined for 10 days?????…. Only 3 days apart…. What a joke!!!………… Instead to start, it should be 3 days for vaccinated and 10 for Non, plus reduce the other entry requirements…
    Doing so will return tourism to it’s golden days!!

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    Sander Brukse

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Now that Greece and spain will open up without quarantine from summer. All the run of the mill tourist who just want to enjoy sun beaches and cheap drink and food will certainly choose them instead of Thailand. As long as any kind of quarantine and all the paperwork is still in place. People from Europe wont come.

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    Charlie

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    What is constantly marketed as a 14-day quarantine, is really 16 days, and you have to stay at ASQ room for 15 nights.

    How many days a 7-day quarantine will turn out to be in practice is going to be interesting! You should not count on the way they count days here!

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    If they keep this uncertainty, tourists will lose interest and go somewhere else.
    If a store in town closes for just one month, when they reopen they will find many of their customers have found other places to buy.
    Change is often caused by the need to change, not the desire.

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    TV

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    Just enjoy the quarantine; it’s actually 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. The best is to book a real expensive one like Anantara Riverside, just because you’re worth it!

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    What an appallingly misleading headline.

    Thailand is NOT “to reduce quarantine to 7 days”.

    RUBBISH!!!!! 😠 😠 😠

    Thailand is to reduce the quarantine to TEN days. TEN!

    Thailand is also introducing a 7 day quarantine for those already vaccinated more than 2 weeks but less than 3 months before flying.

    Hard to tell which is more stupid: the headline; the reduction from 14 days quarantine to 10 (TEN!); or 7 days quarantine for those vaccinated, with a window of only ten weeks.

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    Das

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Actually no, IJ, Thailand IS reducing the quarantine to seven days. It is only reducing it to ten if you haven’t been vaccinated.

    See, easy to make yourself sound right depending on how you present the facts, or you could try chilling out a bit and not being such a pedant.

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    Graham

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    So getting the vaccine only reduces quarantine by 3 days, for your first trip (which I presume will be a decent length) subsequent trips will be back to the 10 day standard.
    Unless you travel out there twice within the 3 month period.

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    Baroness

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    I love the “full quarantine for people who have been vaccinated more than 3 months prior to their arrival in Thailand”.
    It tells you how much trust these people have in the vaccine.
    It just a way to tell you that the more time you spend in an ASQ facility the more chance you have to test positive and be sent to an hospital.
    This is why you still need an insurance against Covid even after being vaccinated.
    Hospitals need their share of the pie.
    Greed is killing Thailand.

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    Chokdee

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 4:51 am

    In my province seniors get the vaccine starting in April.
    The three month rule means we don’t qualify as vaccinated. We probably won’t get a booster shot for a year. With the three month rule nobody will be going to Thailand. If you want to have a time for the vaccine i think it should be minimum 6 to 9 months. Don’t forget it’s seniors that do long stay.

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    Dreqo

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Surely this isn’t just more rosey PR in an attempt to stop any currency valuation freefall.

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Bangkok is taking proactive steps to deal with the likely surge of Covid-19 cases after the Songkran holiday, asking those returning to Bangkok to submit their timelines online and self-quarantine 14 days. Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang is urging all people entering Bangkok to visit a website where they can perform a self-evaluation to assess their Covid-19 risk.

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608,521 people have now received at least their first dose of Covid vaccine.

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