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Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has announced the names of 11 countries that have been deemed to be carrying new Covid-19 mutations. Any people arriving from these countries will still be required to do the full 14 day quarantine quarantine when they arrive in Thailand. From 1 April the quarantine period will be reduced, but with some restrictions remaining. Read more HERE.

Here’s the list of the countries, on the African continent, that will still be required to complete the full 14 day quarantine, at their expense: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Rwanda, Cameroon, Congo, Ghana and Tanzania.

All Covid-19 articles HERE.

The Ministry of Public Health says they’ll update the list every 2 weeks. Covid variants are popping up in other parts of the world as scientists consider the efficacy of the current Covid-19 vaccines in limiting the symptoms of infection.

Foreign travellers, who carry proof of their vaccination against Covid, will be permitted to visit 6 tourism provinces starting next month – Phuket, Krabi, Chon Buri (Pattaya), Chiang Mai, Phang Nga and Surat Thani (Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan, Koh Tao),

Visitors who have been vaccinated will still have to quarantine at this stage. But the mandatory quarantine period is being reduced from 14 days to 7 days for them. In July, Phuket is planning to be the first province to waive the quarantine requirement altogether, for international travellers who have been vaccinated. But the government says this will only be allowed to happen if the island can guarantee that 70% of its permanent population can be vaccinated, a tall order.

After October the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ model (the latest of many ‘models’ and ‘plans’) will be applied to 5 other tourism provinces around Thailand, according to the Ministry of Sports and Tourism. Well, that’s the latest plan anyway.

SOURCE: Bangkok Insight | Bangkok Post

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    toby andrews

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 11:37 am

    looking good, but I will be at a disadvantage. I cannot do a back somersault through a hoop.

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    J West

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    The quarantine time was never arbitrary. It remains set at 14-21 days internationally because that is the period of time a Covid Negative asymptomatic person will start showing positive results as the virus matures. Setting the quarantine at 7 days ? Why? As Covid numbers increase in all markets, how will Thailand avoid the spread of the disease by importing potential carriers? Europe is a mess…Germans can’t drive to the next village, Paris is closed, Sweden is a bunker in denial….Spanish and Italians can’t leave their houses. Canadians and Americans are dropping like flies. Canada’s health minister projects 100,000 cases a day as the third wave takes hold . I suppose the tourist minister knows best. But….can you imagine 100,000 cases a day in Thailand when a country with the resources of Canadavadmits that Covid is “ out of control”?

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    ynwaps

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Lucky for them, we’ll extend their tourist visa by 10 days to make up for the quarantine 🤣🤣

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    WhereIsMyASQRefund

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Is anyone going to tell the hotels, so that they can get their ASQ packages repriced, and issue refunds to those already booked/arriving after April 1st? Apparently, these hotels don’t want to accept anything ‘approved,’ and keep deferring any inquires as nothing is ever “official” enough.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    10 days, 14 days, 365 days no ones coming guys. Everyone is too shit scared to travel……..certainly in my country they are.

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    toby andrews

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    Never ever give a Thai money upfront.
    No deposits. There will be no refunds. They will squirm, argue, not understand, or disappear.
    It will no good going to a Thai court. You will just throw good money after bad.
    It is not well known, but Alibaba’s forty thieves were all Thai.
    Alibaba was born in Phuket.

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    pascal

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    hummmmm alright, let s see in 3 months how it does sound ……… i think before 3 months this might go backward.

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    chan siu

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Bangkok not on list? How to arrive Pattaya since there is no airport and peoples have to by bus or rent a car and need to out of airport.

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    Amy Sukwan

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    I’ve been following a Thai ASQ group and have gathered the hotels are really having trouble implementing this. Of course they want their full payment with no reduction. Logistics are as always confusing. I think at this point with half the world closed, it won’t much matter what Thailand does. They’re not going to get a large number of tourists for the foreseeable future. Plant the fields!

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    Dreqo

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    I think the ASQ motels are going to ignore this as long as they can get away with.
    It seems some believe that this will sort out all current economic issues. Sadly, not a chance.

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    Coop

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Are the Thais not concerned about taking experimental vaccines for a virus that has allegedly only taken 94 lives in 15 months? That is 0.1% per 100,000 of the population. In Phuket, 450,000 citizens are told they must take a vaccine where there are only 2 alleged deaths! The drug companies are not liable? Who will be?

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    James Pate

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 5:16 am

    With variants popping up everywhere, I don’t see how singling out these countries does any good. Also, I don’t think there are many direct flights from these places. Shouldn’t the transit countries be added to the list? The main criterion for quarantine should be simply: Is the traveler vaccinated?

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I’m currently doing my IB Diploma Programme here in Thailand, it is with great concern that I’m writing this email as such a situation has never happened to me before as Thailand is experiencing a third wave more powerful than the previous waves of the current ongoing pandemic.

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Thank you for taking your time to read this email. I hope that you understand that cancelling CIE, IGCSE and GCSE have forced multiple concerns to arise, that being said we are also students just like them, and the IB should realize that soon enough so they can make a change, because at the end of the day if one of us gets infected that’s fully impacting us personally, not the schools making us sit exams. Could you please write something on this please as many of us students are affected by this.

Hoping to hear from you soon.

(Writer’s name withheld)

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