In a televised address to the nation on October 11, Thailand’s prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha announced more details of his plan to reopen Thailand. This includes an end to quarantine for some fully vaccinated visitors. If the plan is formally approved it could come into effect as early as November 1.
The plan was formally approved on October 21 and will start from November 1. More details here:
No quarantine for travel to Thailand, but …
The Thai PM spoke about opening up Thailand quarantine-free to fully vaccinated visitors from countries which have been designated as low risk. The countries mentioned by the Thai PM for the initial phase from November 1 include China, Germany, Singapore, United Kingdom and the United States.
Prayuth said there would be at least 10 countries on the allowed list from November 1. That would be further expanded on December 1. And from January 1, 2022, it should be a comprehensive list of countries. Visitors from countries who aren’t on the initial approved list will still be allowed to enter Thailand under the existing quarantine or Sandbox arrangements.
No quarantine, no Sandbox
The full details of the plan are yet to be confirmed, but it seems likely it will mean that fully vaccinated arrivals from the designated countries will be able to travel freely on arrival with no quarantine and no need to enter under any of the Sandbox arrangements. However, this is subject to a negative RT-PCR test before departure and again on arrival in Thailand.
When should I book my flight to Thailand?
This is a massive boost to Thailand’s battered tourism industry and great news for travellers itching to return to Thailand. But it’s important to stress that at this stage it is a plan and details could change. It still needs formal approval which is expected to come in the next week or so. While it should all go through, Thai politics is never straight-forward at the best of times. If you are looking to return to Thailand soon, it’s advisable to wait until everything is 100% confirmed.
Certificate of Entry (CoE) and other requirements
We will have to wait and see whether obtaining a Certificate of Entry will still be a requirement. Proof of insurance seems likely to remain in place in one form or another. Once details are known, details will be added here.
PM thanks Thai people
In his speech, the Thai PM thanked the Thai public and healthcare workers. Back in June, Prayuth announced his intention to open up Thailand by mid-October 2021. His announcement last night praised the response of public health workers, officials and all Thai citizens. He also acknowledged that opening up the country doesn’t come without risk, but needs to happen so that Thailand can move forward.