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Tourism officials aim for vaccinated travellers to enter Thailand by the third quarter of 2021

Caitlin Ashworth

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Vaccinated against Covid-19? You might be able to enter Thailand by July. The country’s tourism officials are now working on a plan to allow foreign tourists who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus to enter the country by the third quarter of 2021. The Tourism Authority of Thailand is waiting for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration to relax certain travel restrictions.

Vaccinated travellers are likely to be exempt from certain travel requirements, but may still need a health check and Fit-to-Fly document. So far, 42 airlines have agreed to the International Air Transport Association’s Travel Pass which would allow vaccinated travallers to enter countries without undergoing quarantine, according to TAT deputy governor for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas, Siripakorn Cheawsamoot. Some of those airlines include Thai Airways, Thai Smile, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, British Airways and Emirates Airways.

All of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s offices in various countries are now monitoring vaccination campaigns as well as travel guidelines to assist TAT in setting its own travel guidelines for Thailand, according to TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

“We have always been focused on the demand for foreign tourists after the Covid-19 crisis made it impossible to travel internationally. Some markets have already reserved travel packages in advance. Thailand travel packages are receiving good attention, such as in the Chinese market. A decision is awaited from the Chinese government to allow tourists to leave the country.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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39 Comments

39 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Maverick

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Watch this space – things are likely to move very quickly positive news for residents who wish to return ….and those of us who want to get out to see family

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    chan

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    base on the vary video of thai on youtube.
    the bar, night market, plaza, ohuket, pattaya etc.. I don’t think they can survive to wait more than half year. let think about if border open on October, most air ticket and hotel price will be rise up, and somehow tourists have to wait until everything go smooth.

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    Peter Nielsen

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    There is no need for this. The Phizer and Moderna vaccines are nearly 100% effective, so if people have them, they are nearly 100% protected. Therefore there is no reason for others to vaccinate.

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      Maverick

      Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7:09 pm

      So others need to vaccinate to protect you – you presumably don’t have elderly of vulnerable relatives or friends……kind of selfish attitude don’t you think, what if 50% of the population think that way……..thankfully this attitude did not prevail when it came to eradicating smallpox and polio

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      Grumpy John

      Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 9:02 pm

      You seem to have far more faith in Phizer than I do! What concerns me is what happens when something goes wrong and the patient needs intensive care or death occurs. The big pharma companies are indemnified by government for claims by aggrieved persons or their relatives so their is no possibility of taking them to court for compensation.

      “Therefore there is no reason for others to vaccinate. ” That’s up to each person to decide. The risks have to be considered. I am 68 years old and have high blood pressure so I would prefer not to take the vaccine as it is far to dangerous for seniors such as myself.

      And now we have mutations…so the game has changed way before herd immunity has been reached!

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        Stephen Westrip

        Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 12:04 am

        Grumpy John – you need to seek some evidence based on actual data. Bearing in mind that the vast majority of the 17.5 million vaccinated in the UK are over 70 the data will emerge quite quickly. My father who is 83yo was vaccinated before Christmas with the Pfizer vaccine and has had zero side effects.

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        Ben

        Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:18 am

        GJ, I think your chance of catching COVID, being hospitalized and dying is thousands of times greater than taking the vaccine, being hospitalized and dying. My personal opinion based on what I’ve read. Mate, I think you’re scared of the wrong thing.

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        Experienced Traveller

        Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 5:52 pm

        I am 74 and have just had the first vaccination last week in Europe ,Pfizer . No adverse reactions and my wife will get it soon. Then we can come to Thailand for a few months , but the forced quarantine has to finish . We will NOT do it .

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        Millers

        Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:30 pm

        You my friend are pig ignorant, maybe be you should become a scientist and teach the world a thing or 2
        You really have no clue at all

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    Ben

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    This has always been the only viable way to open the country to tourism, after COVID, without quarantine. The third quarter is now targeted because that’ll give the Thai authorities time to inoculate enough of its population.

    There’s confidence those inoculated will not fall severely ill from COVID and be a burden to the Thai government. Confidence lacks, at the moment, as to whether those vaccinated can still carry the virus and infect others. That’s being studied now and if the scientists can positively show the vaccinated aren’t infectious then Thailand, and the world, can open sooner than the third quarter. The Thais have managed this very conservatively so without these positive study results they will not open up the country sooner.

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    EdwardV

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Sounds like a plan. Vaccination, probably a pre flight test and an arrival test. Might want to keep the tourists to designated cities for their first two weeks in country. While at the same time prioritizing vaccination of locals in those cities. July seems ambitious but if the plan is more dependent on vaccination of tourists it’s doable. You will see similar plans by countries that are desperate to restart their economy. Thailand is starting to see some worrisome economic data.

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    Nipral

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    At last a good idea should it see the light of the day.
    However : shall we leave the -16yo kids at home ?

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    Zig

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    so since kids aren’t getting vaccinated and they travel with parents that have been vaccinated…what happens?

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      London Al

      Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 9:31 pm

      I’m afraid the answer is you either leave the kids at home or don’t fly, same goes for backpackers or anyone else that hasn’t been vaccinated, it seems unfair but the alternative is nobody flies until everyone has been vaccinated, that makes no sense economically and would also be unfair on those who have been vaccinated.

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        Dreamon

        Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 10:28 pm

        in civilized world we call it “discrimination”.

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          Michael

          Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 1:37 am

          In the civilized world we first check facts before posting.

          So Google the definition of discrimination. Because this is not it.

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            Nipral

            Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 6:26 am

            stupid and arrogant !

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    Andy W

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    It’s what TAT want but I don’t think the Thai government will agree. There still isn’t enough data to know whether a vaccinated person can carry the virus, and if they can then the question is for how long.
    I expect they’ll reduce the quarantine period but won’t drop it until at least the vulnerable citizens of Thailand are vaccinated.
    But time will tell…

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      EdwardV

      Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 10:15 pm

      Unless they drop the quarantine to a day or two maximum, they might as well leave it at 14 days. Western tourist only stays an average of 14 days, and Chinese tourists only 6-7 days. Even
      a quarantine of only 5 or 7 days won’t generate the required numbers. No one is going to pay to give up a third to half of their precious vacation days. People will just go somewhere else instead. Thailand knows this, it’s why they are trying to figure out ways to drop the quarantine all together.

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        Andy W

        Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 11:00 pm

        I agree that 5 or 7 days quarantine won’t enable mass tourism but it would increase the existing number considerably.
        However it would still be a drop in the ocean, but imo that’s the way the Thai government think.
        They believe every millionaire in the world is queuing up to enter Thailand.

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 1:32 pm

        Fair enough – “a day or two” will be sufficient for a PCR test on arrival.

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      Russell R.

      Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:35 am

      There are articles published daily that show studies conclude vaccination does prevent spread. There will be a lot more data by July.

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    James R

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Why would a vaccinated person want to go to a country where the people have not been vaccinated?

    The problem is in an unvaccinated county the virus has a good chance to mutate and hence the visors will not be protected from this mutated virus.

    Thailand, see the submarines and buy vaccines.

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      Tim Houston

      Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 3:25 am

      Please stop this drama, do your own search, this virus is only dangerous if you already have other serious health problems or if you are over 85.
      Not me saying, it’s from one of the most renowned expert in Communicable Diseases, Pr Raoult.

      Data is available now, check official sources from gvt, statbel for Belgium, or Insee for France. all viewable in English.

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 1:18 pm

        I did check, Tim H.

        That’s a very narrow interpretation and not what they say.

        Look at Thailand’s demographics, stats on obesity, hypertension, diabetes, etc, and up to a third of the country’s population are vulnerable to Covid-19.

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      Ben

      Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:14 am

      I’m getting my second dose of Pfizer in a few days and will be in Thailand in 2 weeks.

      My thought is I have very little chance of catching the virus and if I do it won’t put me in the hospital. The Pfizer vaccine has show efficacy against the variants that have appeared so far.

      When I get there I’ll enjoy all that Thailand has to offer without fighting the crowds normally there. Hotels and entertainment are extremely cheap. The queues at the most popular restaurants are short. After being stifled for the past year I’m going to live and enjoy myself. I see it as a rare opportunity that’ll be less pleasant when mass tourism returns.

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 1:30 pm

        So you’re coming here “in two weeks” despite all (and I do mean ALL) medical advice telling you that the Pfizer vaccine won’t be fully effective by then either at protecting you from the virus or others from you?

        Fair enough, since by the time your quarantine’s over the vaccine will have reached it’s full potential … 😮

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          Ben

          Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:27 pm

          By the time I get on the plane it’ll be 10 full days since my second dose. Medical advice says full potential of the vaccine is reached in 7-14 days. They’re also saying a month out after the first dose you have 80-85% efficacy.

          There are a lot of numbers flying around but I feel confident the vaccine protection will have kicked in by that time.

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    EdwardV

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 4:11 am

    The first phase of only 200K doses includes the four provinces “of economic significance” Chon Buri, Phuket, Surat Thani (including Koh Samui) and Chiang Mai. The governments words not mine. Meaning reopening of the country to tourism is clearly a priority. It probably goes without saying there is little use in prioritizing tourist locations if you don’t also plan on dropping the quarantine.

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    Bigsleazypappa

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 6:29 am

    As iv said for nearly a year this Chinese flu is going to be around for years like any flu we have to live with it. Common sense open the borders and open the economy around the world before there’s nothing left!!!! I’m 71 now and haven’t got much time left and my 19 year old fiancé is missing me so much….. let some normality back please. Tim Houston you are correct?

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    Boris B

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 6:47 am

    Bigsleazypappa you’re 71 with a 19 year old fiancé I salute you sir!! Yes I agree open the borders now this is turning out to be a roadshow!!

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    Social Observer

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:05 am

    My crystal ball says Bigsleazypappa will mysteriously “trip” and fall off the balcony of his 20th floor apartment and the next day the 19 year old fiance/wife will be driving around in a big Mercedes. Hee hee…

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    Bobby B

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:31 am

    Even if tourists legally can enter Thailand, will they?

    Thailand need to devaluing its currency, the Thai Bath is way to strong against Dollar and Euro for example. Thailand is to expensive, so many other countries in Asia will be higher on the go to list for these tourists.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 1:36 pm

      Except the “other countries” like Vietnam, Indonesia (Bali) and Cambodia show every sign of remaining closed.

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      Gobsmacked_1

      Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 3:11 pm

      Very, very easy to check that the Thai baht has fallen more than 5% against the British pound in the last few months. The pound has also gained substantially against both the dollar and Euro since Xmas. Check it out. I will not comment on the reason.

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      James R

      Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 8:14 pm

      Bobby

      Leave the EU as the Euro is dragged down with all of the poorer scrounging countries.

      The pound (£) has gone up nine percent agains the dollar and Euro since we left, and it is a great feeling to be free of them.

      Look at our vaccine production and distributions, we are free to do it as fast as we please without having to argue with 27 other countries.

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    D-Boy

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    RETIREES?!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Dr Salk

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    None the vaccines have been proven to provide sterilized immunization. They prevent dangerous and harmful symptoms but none do not yet stop transmission. In other words vaccinated tourists could still spread COID 19 all over Thailand (not that they care) Does the needs of the many outweigh the GREED of the few? “Not my concern.”

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    steve b

    Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 2:44 am

    it is interesting to read some of the comments ,some are positive and some negative but i think we are all missing the point that things will improve as the vaccinations are rolling out in other countries and now commencing in thailand , we should be more positive and not always look at things in a pesemistic way , i do think that visiting tourist should pay an entry fee visa say 10-15 us dollars to help towards the vaccinations of the thai people , most people i have spoken to are happy to pay this if it means that thailand will open up to foreign visitors.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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