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Despite shortening the required quarantine time for visitors to Thailand, those who are vaccinated won’t be able to skip quarantine just yet. Recently, the Thai government shortened quarantine times from 14 days to 10 starting April 1, but have not announced when or it vaccinated tourists will be able to forego quarantine altogether.

The move to shorten quarantine was to attract more foreign visitors, but it applies to both Thai nationals and foreigners arriving from abroad. But the quarantine length is dependent upon where they are arriving from. Travellers from certain countries, which have seen multiple Covid variants arise, will not be allowed to take advantage of the shortened quarantine.

For those arriving, however, the shortened quarantine also comes with more flexibility of allowed activities. People quarantining can leave their rooms during certain hours and for some purposes such as to use fitness centres or swimming pools; exercise outdoors; or buy food and products, but must remain in the quarantine facilities. Before, the rule was to only allow people to leave their rooms for 1 hour a day to exercise. During the quarantine period, travellers will be tested 2 times for Covid-19.

In more good news, those foreign travellers who wish to enter Thailand now only need to present an RT-PCR test 72 hours before flying, instead of the fit-to-fly document that has seen many obstacles. For Thais, presenting either one is acceptable.

The recent quarantine cut kicks off Thailand’s goal of doing away with quarantines altogether by October. But, it has not been decided if visitors will need to be vaccinated in order to skip quarantine or if they will still need to isolate for an even shorter period of 7 days. Recent news announcements may point towards the decision being made after tourism-heavy areas in the Kingdom have reached a herd immunity status, which requires 70% of local residents to be inoculated. Those areas, such as Phuket and Koh Samui, are already ahead of the game, as they are planning to reopen in July without the need for travellers to undergo quarantines.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Issan John

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    “People quarantining can leave their rooms during certain hours and for some purposes such as to use fitness centres or swimming pools; exercise outdoors; or buy food and products, but must remain in the quarantine facilities.”

    Even throwing in 10 days instead of 14, it’s unlikely to make anyone come who wouldn’t have done so anyway, so very little difference …

    … but the difference if someone catches Covid as a result of the changes …

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    luca

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    Thailand has chosen to block the spread of the virus and has been successful. To maintain this success, it cannot allow tourists access until it is able to vaccinate its population, it will not happen until at least the middle of 2022, this means that international tourism will only be able to reopen in the summer of 2022, all the government’s alternative plans are just nonsense, only when access is free as before will the tourists return

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    Ray

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    I lost count of how many schemes and alterations there have been thus far. Yet, I haven’t seen anything that tourist arrivals are more than about one hundred.

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    AC

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    As long as there will be any quarantine no foreign tourists will spend their holidays in Thailand.

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    Glenn Smith

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Amazing really, those that go through the process, COVID test just before you leave, isolate till you take the flight, begin quarantine basically on the flight, arrive at the airport to the military-style operation till you arrive at the hotel get 14 days whilst 100’s of Burmese and Laos jump the border with COVID and no one seems to be doing anything about it. How many new cases in Bangkok overnight and then we have thousands protesting in the streets… doesn’t add up except penalize those that have arrived to spend money.

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    Crispy

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    How long until Chiang Mai can follow suit?

    Is the PCR test pre flight or on arrival?
    If it’s on arrival, travelers would need to quarantine for 2-3 days to get results.

    Are you required to fly direct or can you transfer at BKK and if so how does that work?

    Are you restricted to Phuket and for how long? Can you move to CM after a certain time?

    Who can take advantage of the program come July?

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    Crispy

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    What I retain:

    We only need a PCR test 72 hours before flying, not the fit-to-fly document that was expen.

    The quarantine is 10 days still but its possible if you’re vaccinated there’ll be no quarantine.

    Phuket and Koh Samui are planning to re-open in July without the need for any quarantine at all.

    Even if you need to q, you can move around the hotel freely.

    Once all this is up on the govwrbsite, I’m off.

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    Leo Z

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    Judging by the progress of vaccinations in the “origin” countries of UK, USA, EU, Australia (China is decidedly behind), vs. the “host” country of Thailand, the ones really in danger for the coming months are the tourists themselves.

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    Issan John

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 12:23 am

    What’s “amazing”, Glenn S is how little of that is correct ?

    “COVID test just before you leave,”

    72 hours / 3 days, actually.

    “isolate till you take the flight”

    No, no isolation ?

    “begin quarantine basically on the flight”

    Apart from a few hundred other people ? with half a dozen or more testing positive on arrival every day ?

    “100’s of Burmese and Laos jump the border with COVID and no one seems to be doing anything about it”

    Apart from arresting and testing “100’s” ?

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    Joe M

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 12:36 am

    As far as I am aware, the reduction in quarantine is not official. The change has not been published in the Royal Gazette.

    As of now, anyone arriving on or after April 1 will still have to adhere to the full 14 day quarantine period.

    My understanding is that all of the promises, hopes, and schemes announced by civil servants or from their departments have no legal weight.

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      Thaiger

      Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 3:53 pm

      It’s been posted on numerous Thai embassy websites around the world now. If that means anything.

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    Issan John

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 12:37 am

    “…the ones really in danger for the coming months are the tourists themselves.”

    Not quite sure how you work that out, Leo Z.

    Taking the AZ vaccine, for example, the vaccinated “tourists themselves” are supposedly 100% (97%?) safe from serious effects or hospitalization and 76% safe from mild effects.

    So the worst that can happen to any of them is that 24% are as likely to have mild effects / be asymptomatic as anyone who’s not vaccinated.

    Meanwhile that same 24% are as likely to be carrying or incubating the virus (over a 14 day period) as anyone who’s not vaccinated, happily passing it on to either others who are vaccinated who can pass it on or direct to those who aren’t vaccinated, and so on …..

    What could possibly go wrong? ?

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    Jerry

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 3:43 am

    I am in Thai under 14 day Q. I will meet 10 requirements on April 1st but still have 4 days on 14 days current requirment. Will i be free to go having met new 10 day requirment? I got vacinated in Feb!

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    Jonathan R.

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 4:07 am

    ROTFL, almost every country has ‘variants’ now, so basically the same 14-day quarantine is still mandated. Nope. Sorry. I’ll be holidaying in Spain instead 🙂

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    Lawrence

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 4:49 am

    So what’s the cheapest 10 day quarantine stay gonna cost me? And will the the quarantine be in Phuket or Bangkok let’s get a pricelists of who what WHERE and when so everyone will know so we can make up our minds I have both Pfizer shots and a vaccination card a condo in Phuket married 35 yrs am Hawaii now so it’s not bad Phuket is a ghost town on the west side why even have it if am already clear to fly any where in the USA thanks make so disision and get a new 10 day price list thanks

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    B.T.

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 10:09 am

    Till today no official announcement about all this “positive” info.Only bla bla bla.No government agency officially announced anything.Waiting for first traveler who will confirm that without any problems he (she) book hotel for 11 days.Me I booked from 03/04 (and still waiting for COE).The booking is for 15 days with the “black on white” option that in case of officially announced shorter quarantine they will refund for “no stay”.But it is still “in case if”.Singapore based Thai embassy gave 2 opposite info when called 2 times.Means they don’t know (yesterday).

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    Ulrike Fai

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    For me and my 9-vears-old grandson it makes a BIG difference 10 oder 14 days and attending sports and pool at the hotel!

    thats what i got from thai via centre when contacting ASQ-Hotels:

    Please wait for an official announcement. We will keep you updated about this.

    Grace team ()
    LINE ADD BY LINK (ADD BY QR CODE)
    PHONE +66 2-508-8428
    MAP GOOGLE, BAIDU

    On Mar 27, 2021, at 08:23 PM, ulrike wrote:

    EmailTemplate-Responsive
    Dear Grace,
    when is it planned to reduce quarantine to ten days with releaved conditions in Bangkok? I will not book till this releave is confirmed.
    Regards
    Ulrike Fai

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