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Deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Natapanu Nopakun / Photo courtesy of the Royal Thai Government

The mandatory quarantine period for foreign arrivals will be shortened 7 days for those vaccinated against Covid-19 and 10 days for those who have not had the vaccine, unless they are travelling from a country where the virus has mutated. In today’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration meeting chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, officials decided to relax international travel measures over time, with the first lift of restrictions starting on April 1.

Quarantine will remain at 14 days (which ends up being more like 15 or 16 days) for all visitors travelling from countries where new Covid-19 variants have been reported.

Travellers with a vaccination certificate and a Covid-free certificate will need to quarantine for 7 days and be tested once for Covid-19 before being released. Vaccinated travellers without a Covid-free certificate will need to test twice during quarantine.

Those who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus will need to quarantine for 10 days and be tested for Covid-19 twice.

Also starting next month, travellers in quarantine will be allowed to leave their rooms use the hotel’s facilities like the gym and swimming pool. Starting July 1, travellers in quarantine will be allowed to dine at the restaurants at their accommodation and have massages.

Those arriving in Thailand from countries with reports of new variants of the virus will need to undergo quarantine for 14 days at an approved hotel or facility. They will also need to undergo a Covid-19 test 3 times before they are released.

By October, officials plan to have most of the travel restrictions lifted, with quarantine only required for those from certain countries, which will be specified by the CCSA later on.

SOURCES: CCSA | Bangkok Post

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    Johan

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    “Quarantine will remain at 14 days (which ends up being more like 15 or 16 days) for all visitors travelling from countries where new Covid-19 variants have been reported.”

    Which countries are those?

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    Issan John

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    “Quarantine will remain at 14 days (which ends up being more like 15 or 16 days) for all visitors travelling from countries where new Covid-19 variants have been reported”

    The UK / Kent variant has been reported in well over 70 countries – across Europe, Australia, and the US.

    The South African variant is approaching that, as is the Brazil variant – even China has recently reported cases of the African variant, via the UK, in Guangdong.

    If that rule is applied (IF), so few countries have no variants reported that little will change –

    – and as even that could change at any time as variants are reported, someone could easily book a holiday based on a 7 day quarantine only to find out later that things have changed in the interim and they face a 14 day quarantine (or “more like 15 or 16 days”) instead.

    The ONLY solution is mass vaccination, without delay – anything else is just window dressing, at best.

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    Tom

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    I’m still planning 8-10 weeks in Thailand and Vietnam starting end of November BUT will not be travelling if the quarantine is still in pllace in any form becuase by that stage I’ll have had both doses of the vaccine even though I don’t want it but have to take it if I want to travel overseas, I’ll just continue to wait in that case and save more money while I’m waiting

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    B.T.

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    Still when you apply for COE there is only one current option nothing has changed.Masters of complications.

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    Jason

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    It’s a good sign that these things are happening. But the Thai Government needs to realise that quarantine means no international tourists. The time has come for recognition that once vaccinated, foreign tourists have the best protection from the virus that is available. They, once vaccinated, pose less risk to the health of the people than unvaccinated citizens.

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    Roger C

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    Great, but what will the rule be next week?

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    Patrick Robert Marcel nouvel

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    sorry is it official ? can we get the lisy of countries and the official gazette soon to reopen our resorts ?

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    BangkokBen

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    So, essentially all countries have variants and will still need 16 day quarantine. What great progress!

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    Roger Bruce

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    7 days if had full vaccine

    Wish you luck with that…. you fools will never get tourists

    Good Luck Thailand

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    Patrick Robert Marcel nouvel

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    10 days instead 15 SAME SAME !!! NO tourists

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    Cas

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Could it be that they only consider the mutated strains found in UK, Brazil, South Africa ?

    However the fit-to-fly certificate that requires a separate doctor’s consultation less than 72h before boarding, that’s needed in addition to the Covid-free test certificate and the Covid-Vaccine-travel pass, has to go.. it’s just an extra unnecessary burden.

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    Wayne C

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Why would I want to make any type of arrangements to visit the country .
    Just to have my itinerary turned upside down by changes that the government makes to the new policy .
    Getting so extremely difficult just to keep up with what the government is doing with quarantine .
    Let’s see here LOL . Quarantine zone , golf quarantine , yacht quarantine ,Villa quarantine , people that I’ve been vaccinated quarantine , people that haven’t been vaccinated quarantine , quarantine for people that come from countries that How’s the variance , 7day = 9. 10 day =12 . 14day = 16
    There are so many variance to the policies for quarantine you can’t keep up with them .
    All except for the Chinese remember they are going to have a tourist Bubble that won’t be required to have a quarantine LOL

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    Dan Doria

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    agreed, 100%

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    Ray

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Weel that’s good news. I am sure visitors from Vanuatu, Bhutan, Seychelles, St. Helena, Cook islands and the likes will jump on the next plane to LOS.

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    toby andrews

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    The Thais are going to look very stupid next winter, if Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Bali, and the Philippines have millions of quarantine free tourists, and Thailand and is still stating No, No, No!
    There is an R in the month you cannot come.

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    Ofir

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 2:37 am

    I’m Israeli so I’m sure it only 7 days for us.
    Israel #1 in vaccinated people
    Good work Israel see you soon Thailand

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    Wayne C

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 2:42 am

    Now they have a new one it’s a combination of the green zone and the travel bubble .
    This one is called the sandbox .
    I’m not quite sure I understand it correctly but if you have been vaccinated and you are from specific countries there will be very limited areas where you can stay and visit without a quarantine .
    I don’t know they got so much going on it’s so confusing you can’t keep track of what these people are doing and I don’t think they can either .

    I can understand the government is just trying to protect their citizens , but they’re also desperate for money from tourism .
    The country is dead for tourism until sometime after October which they have already stated so why are they wasting all of their time coming up with these gimmicks that just are not going to work .

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    Issan John

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 3:34 am

    “The Thais are going to look very stupid next winter, if Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Bali, and the Philippines have millions of quarantine free tourists, and Thailand and is still stating No, No, No!”

    Nowhere near as stupid as those countries or any others will look, Toby, if they remove their quarantine restrictions before it’s safe to do so and after just a few
    hundred thousand tourists (or even a few thousand) they have to not only re-apply them but to cope with a Covid virus that is spreading at the same rate it did elsewhere among a population that is still largely un-vaccinated.

    It’s only now becoming clear in the UK, for example, how many deaths and draconian lockdowns were the direct result of the relatively low numbers holidaying in Greece despite scientific advice to the contrary.

    What would be “very stupid” would be ignoring what happened in countries that were too “stupid” to have the sort of effective border controls countries like New Zealand, Australia and Thailand have had, minimising deaths and lockdowns, and instead being panicked into ending quarantine too early with far more devastating and far more long term results.

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    Issan John

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 4:02 am

    “Also starting next month, travellers in quarantine will be allowed to leave their rooms use the hotel’s facilities like the gym and swimming pool. Starting July 1, travellers in quarantine will be allowed to dine at the restaurants at their accommodation and have massages.”

    So unless the gyms, swimming pools, dining rooms, etc, are closed to others then effectively they’ll no longer be quarantined as staff and other guests will no longer be protected.

    ….. and those relaxed “quarantine” rules wil presumably also apply to Thai returnees as well as foreign “travellers”.

    Given the minimal additional numbers that are likely to be attracted to spending 10 -15 days confined to their hotel instead of their hotel room, that seems to be an unnecessary risk considering the possible backlash if the virus is passed on to staff, other guests, and then the general population as a result.

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    GeorgeA

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 5:20 am

    Ok, so no tourists in 2021. Got it.

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    Rasputin

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 10:30 am

    It’s all as clear as mud. I think I’ll wait and see what has happened, and what’s on offer around November before I hand over my money for a ticket. An awful lot can happen between now and then, I don’t want to be faced with claiming money back from a bankrupt airline or hotel. A 7 day quarantine will still be an obstetrical for some, but it wouldn’t stop me from escaping another winter freezing in the UK. The press releases are certainly a bit short of detail, what about insurance etc, that alone will stop a lot of the older would be travellers.

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    Chery Hayes

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 2:52 am

    I an desparate to get to Bkk to see my grandson, going on 2 years now. Willing to do the 7 day quarentine, have had Covid vax, as well as 3 negative tests. After Bkk will need to travel to Phuket. Any further quarentines??? I am from US, Calif.Hoping to travel mid April 2021

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    Ben

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 7:50 am

    A step in the right direction. I’m actually surprised they went to this without the WHO declaring it’s ok. So they’re actually taking a good calculated risk. They don’t want to be the last out of the blocks and end up like Toby’s comment above and they won’t.

    They’re predictably aiming towards a 4th quarter reopening to all vaccinated people without quarantine while keeping in place quarantine for the unvaccinated. So those doomsday whiners who previously bemoaned it would take years to open up and get going are wrong. Enough people have money and want to spend it and Thailand will get its share.

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    Klaus

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 1:18 am

    Nevertheless, the tourists are ripped off again. Such people who are stupid enough to travel to Thailand on vacation are treated as follows. It is not a real 7 or 10 days. Kindly inform that the arrival day will be counted as day 0. So, this package is designed for 11 nights/12 days stay. Kindly inform that the arrival day will be counted as day 0. And ( 7 days ) this package is designed for 8 nights / 9 days stay.

    This is pure rip-off from the hotels. In addition, a room for smokers costs an additional 5,000 baht and for a microwave oven an additional 2,000 baht.

    Here, once again, the greed for money of the Thais prevails. You don’t make friends with that.

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    Andre

    Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 10:42 am

    Hi. If I arrived some days before 01.04 shall I go into quarantine 15 days? After 01.04 will it not be reduced for those who came before 01.04.21a bit ?
    This is unfair! Why Should I stay in quarantine 15 days if I came 31.03 from low risk country and those who came 01.04.21 will stay only 10 days?

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FILE PHOTO: Checkpoints in Phuket will only allow Covid-19 tested or vaccinated travellers in.

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