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This is not an April fool’s joke. Thailand has set a tentative 4-phase plan starting April 1 for reopening the borders, lifting restrictions, and relaxing quarantine periods, allowing international travel to recommence in a safe manner. As always, this a currently a PLAN and has not been confirmed by the Thai government at this stage.

The planned rollout has a metered approach and aims to allow tourism to rebuild without opening the floodgates to a potential new wave of Covid-19 clusters. The PM’s spokesman outlined the 4 phases, starting today, and completing the transition at the start of next year.

The first phase of Thailand’s reopening scheme, will begin the gradual reduction of the quarantine period for foreign travellers who have already received a Covid-19 vaccination and can present a vaccine certificate. For those who qualify and travel to one of the earmarked tourist destinations of Phuket, Krabi, Pattaya, Chiang Mai or Phang Nga, the mandatory 14 day quarantine length will be reduced.

Tentatively scheduled for July 1, the second phase of the plan focuses on Phuket’s massive tourism market, as chartered flights from China are expected to begin arriving in July (despite the Chinese government’s current restrictions on external travel). International travellers arriving to Phuket after this date will no longer need to quarantine at all, according to the proposal, provided they carry paperwork certifying their vaccination.

The next step in reopening Thailand would see the 4 other tourist destinations in the ‘sandbox’ scheme to join Phuket in waiving all quarantine restrictions. Phase 3 is planned to launch October 1, and would allow vaccinated foreign tourists to holiday in Phuket, Krabi, Pattaya, Chiang Mai or Phang Nga without any quarantine. Bangkok has also been discussed as part of this proposal.

The final fourth phase would start on New Year’s Day, 2022, and would be the final step to reopening Thailand’s borders. After January 1, all foreign travellers that have received a Covid-19 vaccination and a vaccine passport will be allowed to enter anywhere in the kingdom without any quarantine period.

Barring any new outbreaks or negative developments in the pandemic, hopefully Thailand will be safely reopened to the world by the new year.

These are just proposals at this stage and you should check with the embassy in your country before making any flight or hotel bookings.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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    Robert. R

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 9:27 am

    what about families with kids? There is no approved vaccine for under 16s, so will kids (who cannot be vaccinated) be allowed to enter the country (without quarantine) if their parents have been vaccinated. This seems to be a pretty crucial issue for the Government to address , otherwise Thailand will remain effectively closed for families even after 1/2022.

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    EdwardV

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11:03 am

    The first phase reducing the quarantine to 7 days is meaningless. However the second phase with no quarantine in Phuket is very doable. Not a big fan of the island but it’s a small enough price to pay. Hope the plan happens.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Looking at the four planned phases (not as reported here or by Thai PBS World, but the ACTUAL four phases), it seems that after the resounding success in controlling the spread of the virus last year the lunatics have taken over the asylum – whether that’s down to stupidity, complacency, or greed by the few at the expense of the many is in the eye of the beholder.

    PHASE ONE, starting today, reduces the quarantine period from 14 days to 10 for those unvaccinated from most countries, relaxes the internal quarantine regs in SQ / ASQ, and reportedly reduces quarantine to only 7 days for those vaccinated.

    The last year has proved, world-wide –
    i) that the incubation period is 14 days and
    ii) that relaxing hotel quarantine rules increases risks exponentially (as the recent “cook” case in Thailand shows).
    Nothing has changed to justify any reduction – all that’s changed is that variants have made the virus MORE contagious, not less.
    The Sinovac vaccine is only 51% effective at preventing mild symptoms or below, so in all probability only 51% effective at preventing transmission, so from the POV of the unvaccinated (99% of Thailand) half those vaccinated with Sinovac, quarantined for 7 days, may as well not have been vaccinated at all.

    Completely without justification – and none has ever been given.

    PHASE TWO relies on Phuket vaccinating “at least 70% of the local population” by 1 July. Highly unlikely given that 17% of the population are under 18 so not eligible for a vaccine, so take up would have to be at least 85%.

    PHASE THREE, due 1 October, extends the “sandbox” to Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Krabi and Phang Nga. The attempt to “cordon off” Pattaya last year lasted less than 24 hours before it was realised that in practice it was impossible to enforce; Chiang Mai is unlikely to be any easier. The idea of making Bangkok a “sandbox” just defies belief, even if vaccinations were available which appears highly unlikely at best.

    PHASE FOUR, due 1 january, opens the border to the vaccinated without restriction. It ignores that the main tourist target (Chinese) will have been vaccinated with Sinovac which is only 51% effective at preventing mild symptoms or below, so in all probability only 51% effective at preventing transmission, so from the POV of the unvaccinated (still at least half of Thailand, if not more) half those vaccinated with Sinovac and coming in with no quarantine may as well not have been vaccinated at all.

    PHASE FIVE ??? etc would allow in those under 18 without restriction. How many families will visit Thailand when their children still have to quarantine?

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    Bill

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11:35 am

    I propose a 30-day quarantine. People want to go to Thailand so bad that they will sacrifice any amount of time.

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    Jeff A

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    Two recent announcements in the USA: 1) the Pfizer vaccine has been shown to be 100% effective on 12-15 year olds in phase 3 trials so expect approval of that vaccine for children in the near future; and 2) the CDC reports that data suggests that vaccinated individuals don’t carry the virus even if exposed to it, so it essentially blocks a vaccinated person from transmitting the Covid virus to anyone else. These are important developments. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine have proven very effective.

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    Exile Dave

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    Fully concur with Issan John, especially on the total folly of “phase 1”: Not a hint of justification – neither to rationalize the effectiveness of the randomly relaxed quarantine regime nor to argue realistic economic upsides that this policy would bring. It’s foreseeable disaster for zero benefit…

    The only consolation: The next wave triggered by phase 1 will render obsolete any subsequent phases…

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    Thomas

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    What if the vaccine passport won’t be introduced in a large scale from other nations? Also according Euronews and AFP (15.01.21) WHO is against vaccine passports as a travel condition. Why Thailand assumes that all nations will have the vaccine passport installed? They seem to heavily rely on Chinese tourists. And as a sidenote, vaccines are not protecting people from spreading the virus, nor they guarantee 100% immunity. Besides, there’s not long-term study available to proof their efficacy or side-effects at all.

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    luca

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    these seem desperate moves, especially useless until phase 4 is reached, allowing the Chinese who are the main target of the Thais to enter would produce the effect said by Issan John, also I’m not sure that China will allow its subjects to leave from the country if they risk returning infected, what I seem to understand is that without international tourism the Thai economy is in serious trouble, will a war break out between the Thais who need it and those who don’t need it?

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    Mister Stretch

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    If I read it right, and I want to travel to Hat Yai from abroad…I fly into Phuket with my vaccination certificate, am not required to quarantine, hop on a Bangkok Airways to Hat Yai, and Bob’s your uncle.

    Wise…very wise.

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    Andrew Whyte

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    So no further news of a Phuket/China travel bubble? Can’t imagine Chinese tourists leading the charge back to Phuket if they have a two week quarantine waiting from them back in China. Pretty certain Chinese tourists would rather go to Hainan.

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    Andrew Whyte

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Phuket/China travel bubble? For Chinese tourists to lead the revitalization of Phuket’s tourism industry then surely there would need to be a Phuket/China travel bubble.

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    Apolo Jr. Estrada

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    There will be another outbreak coming up between now until January 1, 2022 so stop saying that “After January 1, all foreign travellers that have received a Covid-19 vaccination and a vaccine passport will be allowed to enter anywhere in the kingdom without any quarantine period”. Because we have no idea what will happen next, it’s the COVID-19, the one who makes the decision not us..

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    Jack Sombra

    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 3:03 am

    Would like to take a moment to congratulate Thaiger in their success in finding the ability to ‘report’ rather than just lift article’s wholesale from elsewhere. Sure you are not big enough to have tons of reporters out in the field but you do have the ability to add to artcles “commentary” like you have on this one and others recently. Especially good to highlight things like contradictions and logic issues in policies and “plans”. You have been only place to highlight that what most of what gov has said over last 2 weeks are not concrete plans but rather proposals/targets at best. Keep up the good work and maybe other news sources will not only stop issueing you with legal threats but actualy start to copy your style of reporting, which would be to a huge benefit to the country

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      Thaiger

      Friday, April 2, 2021 at 9:40 am

      Thank you. We will accept, with humility, the infrequent praise.

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    Amy Sukwan

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    LOL!

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The TAT, ever the optimists regarding anything tourism related, even domestic tourism, predict that the Bangkok clusters that have emerged in the week before the Songkran break could reduce traffic and spending by up to half.

Today the CCSA is reporting 789 new infections and one additional death. 522 were local infections, mostly walk-ins to Bangkok hospitals, 259 were discovered through track and tracing. The remaining 8 were found in quarantine from overseas arrivals. In Phuket, another 17 cases have been reported today, taking the island’s week total to 43.

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A 68 year old man from Nakhon Pathom province died on April 4 but wasn’t reported until today. The CCSA report that he died from Covid and “complications”. 33 other former patients have recovered and been discharged.

Last week the TAT estimated 3.2 million domestic trips would circulate 12 billion baht for the Thai economy. But the Tourism Authority has now slashed their estimates by half after hotels, airlines and bus companies reported mass cancellations in the last few days. Other provinces are reporting less than 20% cancellations. Although this weekend will see a lot of travel, Songkran doesn’t formally start until next Tuesday and the TAT expect there could be additional fallout as travellers decide to have a staycation for Songkran instead heading home.

Bangkok Post reports that 70% of travellers to Prachuap Khiri Khan and Hua Hin have already cancelled hotel bookings. Similar cancellations have been reported in Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai. Many other provinces, particularly in the north east and north, are also enforcing quarantine on arrivals or additional paperwork to try and protect their provinces from any of the Bangkok clusters.

8 north eastern provinces rare now requiring 10 or 14 day quarantine periods for anyone arriving from areas where new clusters have been reported. Chiang Mai provincial officials say that tourists from Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom, Bangkok, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi – basically Bangkok and surrounding provinces – must complete a 14 day mandatory quarantine or conduct a test for Covid when they arrive.

The reality is that the travel and quarantine changes are outstripping the ability to communicate them all. Anyone crossing into other provinces in the next few day, especially if you’re travelling from Bangkok and surrounding provincial ‘red zones’ can expect some additional paperwork or a Covid test. Or even quarantine.

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All of the new Covid-19 infections reported by health officials in Chiang Mai yesterday are linked to local nightlife venues. Over the past few days, 47 cases linked to bars and nightclubs have been confirmed, including the 36 new cases reported yesterday by the provincial communicable disease control panel.

With the rise of infections linked to entertainment venues, Chiang Mai authorities decided to close clubs, pubs, karaoke bars and other entertainment venues for the next week. Alcohol sales are also banned for the next 7 days. A field hospital has been set up at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre to care for a potential influx of Covid-19 patients.

“Those travelling to Chiang Mai from provinces considered the highest risk of infection, including Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Pathum Thani and Nakhon Pathom, must self-isolate for 14 days.”

The recent infections are linked to 7 venues in the area including Warm Up Cafe Chiang Mai, Tha Chang Café Chiang Mai, DC Chiang Mai, Infinity Club Chiang Mai, Ground, Living Machine and Consol’s Garden.

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The Bangkok Post reports that health officials are using a mobile testing unit to test around 90 employees at various nightlife venues, in an effort to boost confidence among visitors to the area. Panlop Saechiew from Chiang Mai’s tourism industry council says his team is working with tourism operators to assess the situation, admitting that the resurgence of the virus after 83 days will have a negative impact on the sector.

However, he points out that none of the patients visited nightlife venues in Chiang Mai or attended any other large gatherings while infected. Some went to a shopping mall, where disease prevention measures are usually quite strict, and some visited an outdoor market, where the chances of transmission are low due to the well-ventilated environment. Panlop says he’s hopeful the situation can be brought under control soon, adding that Songkran bookings appear unaffected for now.

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