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Vaccinated against Covid-19? Quarantine is cut down to 7 days

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Travellers who are vaccinated against Covid-19 can now undergo a reduced quarantine period of 7 days upon entering Thailand. The new, shorter quarantine period goes in effect today in Phuket, Krabi, Phang-nga, Chiang Mai, and Pattaya.

Those who are not vaccinated must quarantine for 10 days, which ends up being 11 nights, while those from countries with mutated strains of the virus, mostly African countries, must quarantine for 14 days or 15 nights.

To be eligible for the cut-down quarantine, travellers need to be inoculated with a vaccine that is approved by the World Health Organisation or the Ministry of Public Health. They must have 2 doses of the vaccine, with the exception of the jab produced by Johnson & Johnson which only requires 1 dose.

The following vaccines are approved:

  • AZD1222 by AstraZeneca/Oxford University (2 doses)
  • ARS-CoV-2 (CoronaVac) by Sinovac (2 doses)
  • NT162b2/CORMIRNATY – Tozinameran by Pfizer/BioNTech (2 doses)
  • Covishield (ChAdOx1_nCoV19) by the Serum Institute of India (2 doses)
  • Ad26.COV2.S by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (1 dose)
  • mRNA-1273 by Moderna (2 doses)

What you need to enter Thailand:

  • Vaccine certificate, either a print out or the original document (Only for vaccinated travellers)
  • Certificate of Entry issued by the Royal Thai Embassy
  • Covid-19 health insurance with a minimum coverage of $100,000 USD
  • Booking confirmation for an Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) hotel
  • Negative Covid-19 test issued no more than 72 hours before departure

Under the 7 day quarantine, travellers are still required to undergo Covid-19 testing before being released. Those on a 10 day quarantine will be tested twice and those on a 14 day quarantine will be tested 3 times.

The reduced quarantine is the first phase of Thailand’s 4-part plan for reopening. For the second phase, starting July 1, foreign tourists who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to travel to Phuket without undergoing quarantine.

In the third phase, set for October 1, quarantine will be waived for vaccinated travellers arriving to Phuket, Krabi, Phang-nga, Chiang Mai and Pattaya from overseas.

Thailand will be fully open to travellers who are vaccianted against Covid-19 starting January 1, 2022.

SOURCE: TAT

 

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19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Steve Kelly

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    Will it be possible to get a visa on arrival?

    • Thaiger

      Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7:33 pm

      Yes, watch The Thaiger on YouTube tonight, there’s a story specifically about this.

  2. EdwardV

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Lipstick, pig. Regardless if it’s 14 or 7 days, very few tourists will quarantine. It’s a good deal for businesses men and returning expats but it’s a no go for tourists. Better to just wait till July and save the money. It is interesting to see the process and what will be expected later. I wonder when they test on the 7 day quarantine? Does it in fact turn into an 8 or 9 day lockdown? Similar to a 14 day is actually a 15 day stay?

  3. John McAuley

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    Would be nice if the foreign embassies were aware of this.Also looked today and no 7 day quarantine available in Thailand

  4. gordon

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    But none of the vaccines guarantee immunity from the virus so this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. These vaccines only reduce symptoms.

  5. Robert

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    just looking at that LIST of requirements to enter Thailand already demotivates me to plan a trip. I want to feel excited about traveling, not stressed out.
    I love your country but I know from visiting in the past, your officials are not the easiest to deal with. So as long as you have all these “requirements”, I’ll stay away thank you.

  6. Che

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    So unclear as usual…
    Those from countries with mutated strains are not allowed, mostly African countries.
    There are variants in more than 70 countries or continents including Europe, North and South-America!
    Is it to say that only vaccinated people from those areas are eligible to enter Thailand on a cut (7 days) quarantine?

  7. David Hardy

    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 4:52 am

    Can’t wait to get my blood claart vaccine approved in the West Indies.
    On the plus side if it makes me sterile I’ll have more fun with the ladies. The ethylene oxide on the test swabs will help lots.

  8. Bill

    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 7:43 am

    My guess is a 3 day quarantine would have approx the same number of tourists as a 14 day. Good luck TAT..

  9. Stevie

    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    Why do they always say 10 days when in reality, as stated on the embassy web sites, it’s 12 days (11 nights)??

  10. Dreqo

    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    I’m not sure what the panic and rush to get tourism back is all about. Last I’d heard, tourism was of little effect to the economy. That was the claim, wasn’t it?

    Yeah, swing the doors wide open if you’d like, but that ship was taking on water long before the “pandemic” and is on the sea floor now.

  11. Lawrence

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 2:08 am

    Please lets get a 7 day price list going and in this paperor on the web with where and what price phuket and bkk so can book and plan so long that not to high and fair thanks get this together right away thanks

  12. Michael

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    @Stevie It’s really 10 nights, not 11. I planned my trip, I will arrive April 9 at 2 PM, and can leave the hotel April 19 at 6:00 in the morning. So that is 9 1/2 days. Not 12.

    I was confused about this, checked with the consulate and with the hotel, I told them that they made a mistake. But they all confirmed that this is right.

  13. Gareth Mingay

    Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    Asking people to be vaccinated then stipulating they have to pay for covid insurance is one way to disincentive travellers.

  14. Nipral

    Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    Moderna is NOT included in government official statement !

  15. J West

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Reality check: Faked Covid docs being sold now common knowledge. How do negative passengers show up positive mere hours later? This scam is happening in every airport from Singapore, UK to Canada. It’s a game of Russian Roulette until several Typhoid Mary carriers ( such as the Thonglor Boy who infected hundreds last week) with faked negative certs flop down in a Phuket Soapy and start the fire. I’m not sure the opening is a slam dunk.

  16. michael cooksey

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    I would agree. I don’t want to spending vacation time in quarantine

  17. Will

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 9:36 am

    For those commenting on the quarantine actually being 11 nights not 10 nights, etc.– I actually have spoken with my ASQ hotel about this and they told me it depends what time your flight lands.
    00:01-18:00: 10 nights
    18:01-00:00: 11 nights

  18. Brian

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    The required insurance for vaccinated people is unusual since all studies indicate in rare chance someone vaccinated still becomes infected, none have required hospitalization. For preventing infection the various vaccines have anywhere from 70 to 95 percent efficacy depending on the vaccine, But preventing serious illness and hospitalization for those vaccinated who do become infected, nearly all are 100 percent effective.

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