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Thailand reopening roundup: What happens November 1

Neill Fronde

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PHOTO: The Thailand reopening is coming into focus before November 1. (via alejandro cartagena unsplash)
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Things are moving fast towards the November 1 reopening which in the last few days swelled from 10 countries being allowed entry to Thailand to 46 countries, 3 entry plans, replacing the Certificate of Entry, and even an attempt to reopen nightlife. Below is a round-up of the plans as they stand now.

“TEST & GO”: COUNTRIES THAT CAN ENTER WITHOUT QUARANTINE

1. Australia
2. Austria
3. Bahrain
4. Belgium
5. Bhutan
6. Brunei Darussalam
7. Bulgaria
8. Cambodia
9. Canada
10. Chile
11. China
12. Cyprus
13. Czech Republic
14. Denmark
15. Estonia
16. Finland
17. France
18. Germany
19. Greece
20. Hungary
21. Iceland
22. Ireland
23. Israel
24. Italy
25. Japan
26. Latvia
27. Lithuania
28. Malaysia
29. Malta
30. the Netherlands
31. New Zealand
32. Norway
33. Poland
34. Portugal
35. Qatar
36. Saudi Arabia
37. Singapore
38. Slovenia
39. South Korea
40. Spain
41. Sweden
42. Switzerland
43. the United Arab Emirates
44. United Kingdom
45. United States
46. Hong Kong

 

WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS TO ENTER WITHOUT QUARANTINE?

  1. Travellers to the reopening of Thailand must arrive by air and come from a list of “low-risk” countries approved by the Public Health Ministry
  2. Have proof of vaccination with 2 doses of a recognised Covid-19 vaccine
  3. Have a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure from your home country
  4. Have at least US$50,000 in Covid-19 insurance coverage (returning Thai citizens eligible for national health insurance are exempt)
  5. Have proof of a SHA+, Alternative Quarantine, Organisation Quarantine, or Alternative Hospital Quarantine booking
  6. Travellers must download the Mor Chana app and take a second PCR test on arrival or within 24 hours of arrival
  7. If the second test is negative, visitors can continue their journey without any further quarantine (travellers will be given an ATK to test after 7 days or upon any symptoms.

 

“LIVING IN THE BLUE ZONE”: SANDBOX FOR THOSE NOT FROM THE 46 APPROVED COUNTRIES

17 so-called “blue zone” provinces will be part of the reopening to vaccinated foreign arrivals during their first 7 days in Thailand. In addition to the same testing requirements as Test & Go travellers, they will also be subject to a further test on day 6 or 7 of their stay. This test will be carried out using an antigen test kit, making it cheaper than PCR testing. The Bangkok Post reports that from December, the “blue zones” will expand to 33 provinces and then 45 from January. To qualify as a blue zone, a province must have vaccinated at least 70% of its population.

  • Bangkok
  • Krabi
  • Phang Nga
  • Phuket
  • Buri Ram – Muang district ONLY:
  • Chon Buri – ONLY:
    • Bang Lamung
    • Pattaya
    • Si Racha
    • Koh Si Chang
    • Sattahip district – ONLY:
      • tambon Na Jomtien
      • tambon Bang Sare
  • Chiang Mai – ONLY:
    • Doi Tao
    • Mae Rim
    • Mae Taeng
    • Muang
  • Loei – Chiang Khan district ONLY:
  • Nong Khai – ONLY:
    • Muang
    • Sangkhom
    • Sri Chiang Mai
    • Tha Bo
  • Phetchaburi – Cha-am municipality ONLY:
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan – ONLY:
    • tambon Hua Hin
    • tambon Nong Kae
  • Ranong – Koh Phayam ONLY:
  • Rayong – Koh Samet ONLY:
  • Samut Prakan – Suvarnabhumi airport ONLY:
  • Surat Thani – ONLY:
    • Koh Samui
    • Koh Phangan
    • Koh Tao
  • Trat – Koh Chang ONLY:
  • Udon Thani – ONLY:
    • Muang
    • Ban Dung
    • Kumphawapi
    • Na Yoong
    • Nong Han
    • Prachak Silapakhom

 

“HAPPY QUARANTINE”: ENTRY FOR UNVACCINATED OR OUTSIDE THE BLUE ZONE

For those who are not fully vaccinated, or who do not want to Sandbox in one of the 17 provinces, the Alternative Quarantine System allows people to still travel to Thailand after the November 1 reopening. The ASQ plan follows the same testing and insurance requirements as Blue Zone entry.

  • 7-day quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers with an approved vaccine.
  • 10-day quarantine for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers arriving by air only.
  • 14-day quarantine for travellers arriving by land who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated.

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scheme to Enter Thailand by Air, Effective November 1

 

CoE OUT, THAILAND PASS IN

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has begun the process of replacing the Certificate of Entry with the new Thailand Pass which will be accepted from November 2. The Ministry announced that tp.consular.go.th will be live for people arriving in Thailand after November 2 to register for the Thailand Pass.

Anyone who has already received their CoE can use it as normal, but new ones will not be issued and will instead shift to the Thailand Pass. All extra fees paid that aren’t necessary with the new rules going into effect on November 1 can be requested as a refund from the traveller’s hotel.

 

CURFEW LIFTING FOR BLUE ZONES

Just ahead of the big November 1 reopening of Thailand to international tourists, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has announced that curfew will be lifted entirely in all or part of 17 provinces on October 31. The order has already been signed into effect and published in the Royal Gazette late last night.

For now, public gatherings in the tourist provinces that are reopening will be allowed with a maximum of 500 people, but nightlife and entertainment venues will not reopen just yet.

The areas to be without curfew are the same as the Blue Zone list above.

 

RESTARTING THE NIGHTLIFE?

Minister of Tourism and Sports Pipat Ratchakitprakan is aiming to open up entertainment venues in sync with the November 1 reopening of Thailand. The Tourism Minister plans on officially proposing that entertainment venues, bars, nightclubs, karaoke lounges, pubs and other nightlife venues be reopening in the Blue Zones, the new term for the expanded Sandbox destinations.

The proposal would focus on areas where nightlife and entertainment venues were an essential part of the economy for tourism like Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Krabi, Pattaya, Phang Nga, and Phuket. The minister didn’t include Bangkok on his list, citing concerns that entertainment venues in the city would be too hard to safely regulate and that the nightlife isn’t only a draw to international tourists, but also attracts Thai customers, so it could be higher-risk and lower benefit than other destinations, something that has bothered the CCSA when evaluating the reopening of Thailand.

 

For more information on how to get into Thailand during the pandemic, CLICK HERE

 

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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