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Starting tomorrow, quarantine will be reduced 10 days. Reports in Thai media say the quarantine will be reduced to 7 days for vaccinated tourists starting tomorrow as well, but Thai embassies in the US, UK and Australia only mention the 10 day quarantine. Those travelling from countries were the coronavirus has mutated will still need to quarantine for 14 days.

The Thai Cabinet approved the proposal to reduce the quarantine period, which has been a mandatory 14 days (sometimes ending up being 15 to 16 days) since restrictions were imposed last year. Pattaya News reports the reduced quarantine will be rolled out in Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga, Koh Samui, Pattaya, and Chiang Mai.

According to a recent post from the Thai government’s public relations department, the 7 day quarantine applies to travellers with a valid Covid-19 vaccination certificate travelling from countries with no mutated strains. Travallers must present the vaccine certificate upon arrival.

While many reports say that starting April 1, quarantine will be reduced to 7 days for travellers who are vaccinated against Covid-19, the Thai embassies in the US, UK and Australia do not mention the 7 day quarantine.

The Thai embassy in London says:

All non-Thai passengers from the UK and Ireland will be subject to not less than 11-night quarantine (effective from 1 April 2021) at their own expenses at one of the facilities for Alternative State Quarantine that have been approved by the Thai authorities.

The Thai embassy in Washington, DC also says that starting April 1, quarantine will be reduced to 10 days, which ends up being 11 nights.

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Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, DC.

The Thai embassy in Sydney also announced that quarantine will be reduced to 10 days.

Quarantine period reduced to 10 days starting tomorrow | News by Thaiger

Royal Thai Embassy in Sydney

Countries that have reported a new variant of Covid-19 must quarantine for 14 days.

Quarantine period reduced to 10 days starting tomorrow | News by Thaiger

Check with your local Thai embassy before making any travel plans as requirements and regulations can change quickly and vary from country to country.

Quarantine will be waived for vaccinated tourists travelling to Phuket starting in July under the new “sandbox” travel scheme. The island province is accelerating the roll out of Covid-19 vaccinations in an effort to reach herd immunity by the end of June, in time to welcome foreign tourists.

Koh Samui is also working on reaching herd immunity to launch the “Wonder Island” travel scheme in July, which is similar to Phuket’s sandbox model. The island expects around 1,000 foreign tourists, who are vaccinated against Covid-19, to arrive within the first week of July. Tourists will need to stay at a certified quarantine hotel or resort for a week, but will be able to travel to specific areas of the island with a guide.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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    Remo

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    Thailand should speed up vaccination if the country wants to open for mass tourism.

    Other toursim dependent countries, like Seychelles, Maldives, Dubai, etc have already vaccinated more than 50% of their population, Thailand less than 1%.

    Now Thailand has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the world.

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    Bill

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    it’s like beating a dead horse…

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    Rasputin

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Thailand will need to come up with something much better than this to stand any chance whatsoever of getting the tourists back, it just ISN’T attractive enough. Back to the drawing board! (again)

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    Ziggy

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Thai PM is feeling it that there are competitions from other countries that truly waives the quarantine unlike the Thailand “sealed routes” quarantine. Thailand will lose thousands of tourists to other countries come 1st July when vaccinated tourists opt to skip Phuket or Koh Samui. It is still a quarantine if I had to be led by a tour guide for 14 days (sometimes 15-16 days). Thailand is so desperate to rip off from the tourists by forcing them to stay at expensive ASQ, pay top dollar for dinner cruises and yoga packages. Good luck to Thailand

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    quang

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    Remo, when you see whats happen in europe with the vaccin Astrazenecca…maybe you will understand something ?

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    Andy W

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    They could have reduced the 15 nights down to 12 or 13 three months ago but they liked the idea of squeezing money from farangs desperate to see their Thai partners. Now they’re seeing other countries actively trying to get tourists they realise they’re losing out.

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    zig

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    all Thailand cares about is how to gouge money and rip off tourist as much as possible which is why they are dragging their feet ..very stubborn bunch of leaders

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    “Thailand will lose thousands of tourists to other countries…” etc,etc,etc ad nauseum.

    Same old tune … but “thousands of tourists” aren’t going to other countries “like Seychelles, Maldives, Dubai,” … etc

    IT’S NOT HAPPENING!

    … well, maybe “thousands”, but that’s about all. Look at the ACTUAL numbers, FFS.

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    LondonAl

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 1:48 am

    For once I agree with John, in UK we’re not allowed to leave the country until mid May so all of those places are out, also here everyone is waiting for their 2nd shot before planning any travel.

    Looking ahead one of the problems is fear, despite being fully vaccinated many people are still scared of foreign Covid variants, the media coverage doesn’t help, so I don’t see a huge amount of UK people travelling abroad this year, personally I’ll be ready at the first opportunity.

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    EdwardV

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 5:41 am

    This is nothing more than lipstick on a pig. Ten days of quarantine is still to long for the average tourist. Whatever little benefit isn’t worth the risk. Why wouldn’t you just wait till July, head to Phuket and skip the quarantine all together. In fact that is my plan, just going to wait till mid-August instead.

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    Ben

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7:39 am

    Reading the news there are many places around the world still under the grip of COVID. France is closing down again, Hungary just had their worst day ever and Brazil is terrible. The only places where things are genuinely getting better seem to be where vaccinations are occurring at a fast pace and the population is rapidly moving towards her immunity.

    Remo say Thailand is at 1% vaccination rate and among the worst in the world. Is this really a time to quickly open up the country to tourists for fear of losing out to Maldives, Dubai and Seychelles? For a few of the first tourist dollars? Malaysia isn’t doing it. Neither is Vietnam. Or Korea or Japan or Cambodia.

    Thailand is running a marathon and not a sprint. They should generally open when their population is inoculated and not because there are a lot of tourists clamoring to come here without quarantine. Again Thailand is running a marathon and I hope they don’t blow their legs off trying to do something cute.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    “They could have reduced the 15 nights down to 12 or 13 three months ago …”

    Yes, they “could, Andy W, but WHY?

    The incubation period is still 14 days so apart from the variants being MORE contagious what’s changed?

    Reducing the quarantine period from 14 days to 10 and “room quarantine” to “hotel quarantine” may make the quarantine period easier and cheaper but it’s unlikely to attract even one more tourist.

    It’s pointless.

    On the other hand, it’s made the chances of infection go up exponentially, as the recent “cook” case here shows.

    So … WHY?????

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Despite vaccines being rolled out, the WHO is warning that the Covid-19 pandemic has reached a “critical level” in South Asia as infections keep rising. The virus has already taken 2.9 million lives, infecting 136 million worldwide and the WHO’s technical lead on Covid-19, Maria Van Kerkhove, says the “trajectory of this pandemic is growing…exponentially.”

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