Thailand is working towards a four-phase reopening plan for the country which could start as early as next month, but may take until January 2022 to be fully implemented.
The latest Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports recovery plan identifies four distinct phases which will gradually loosen restrictions and make the country accessible to tourists from more countries.
The plan only applies to travellers who have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.
The proposal faces cabinet scrutiny before it can be put into place.
Phase 1 – Wellness Leisure Area Q and Hotel Q
During April and May (tbc) tourists from Hong Kong, Israel, Singapore, Taiwan and UAE, plus possibly India and Russia will be able to visit five Thai provinces with reduced quarantine rules.
Groups of one to four tourists will be confined to their room for the first three days followed by restricted access to specified hotel facilities from day 4 to 14 at certified hotels.
Only five provinces will be eligible for the scheme, Chiang Mai, Chonburri (Pattaya), Krabi, Phuket and Surat Thani (Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan). The plan recommends that health workers and risk groups should be vaccinated prior to the plan coming into effect.
Phase 2 – Exclusive Travel Area
Running from June to September this phase reduces quarantine to 10 days or less with at least two, negative PCR tests.
This phase includes the same source countries and provinces as phase 1 and travellers are allowed access to an “Area Q” within the hotel as well as activities organised by certified travel firms within other nearby certified hotels.
Phase 3 – Sandbox
Access to this phase will be to residents of any country where a 70% vaccination rate has been achieved. It is hoped that bilateral agreements will be in place to allow two-way travel.
Tourists would still only be able to visit the same 5 provinces as in phases 1 and 2 but would only need to quarantine for 1 day while they wait for results of a PCR test taken on entry.
This phase relies on 70% of the population in the 5 provinces being vaccinated.
Phase 4 – Self Quarantine Track and Trace
Finally travel is allowed to all parts of Thailand from January 2022 .
All travellers must have a negative PCR test prior to travelling and have a “travel passport” or vaccination certificate. They must be coming from a country that has vaccinated at least 70% of the population.
All mandatory quarantine is removed in this phase although there would be an option to impose a one day quarantine while waiting for results of a PCR test on arrival.
It is noted however that the proposals assume that “most residents in Thailand will have been vaccinated by January 2022” which at the present time seems to be an ambitious target. Last week the Ministry of Public Health said that around 0 million eole would be inoculated by the end of the year.
Source: TTR Weekly
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