Earlier today the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced that from 1st April Thailand would gradually relax Covid-19 requirements for foreign arrivals.
While things have been quiet throughout much of Southeast Asia, there has been lots of conflicting talk coming out of Thailand from a mixture of official channels and tourism and province chiefs pushing for a relaxation to kickstart a recovery in Tourism.
Yesterday we reported on proposals for a four phase reopening, focused initially on five provinces. This latest development does not, at least as yet, limit arrivals to specified areas of the country. We do however eagerly await more details.
The following is a summary of the latest information we have. Please note that these are not confirmed at the present time and even if confirmed, may change at any point.
April to September
CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin is reported as saying (Bangkok Post) that from 1st April foreign arrivals would no longer be required to present a “fit-to-fly” document.
Quarantine, a massive barrier for travellers, will be reduced to 7 days, plus one Covid negative test, for travellers with a certificate of vaccination and proof of Covid free status. Bloomberg however are reporting that this decision has been deferred.
For those without a certificate of vaccination and proof of Covid free status, quarantine will be reduced to 10 days plus two Covid tests during quarantine.
However anyone arriving from an area where the virus has mutated, of global concern, would still be required to complete the full 14 day quarantine.
Arrivals will also no longer be confined to their room during quarantine.
From 1st April to 30th June those in quarantine will be allowed to go to a swimming pool, gymnasium, outdoor exercise area and controlled areas for cycling and outside shopping.
Restrictions will be further relaxed from 1st July to 30th September to allow travellers eat in hotel restaurants and receive health massages.
Measures will be further relaxed from 1st October when quarantine is due to be withdrawn apart from people arriving from specified areas.
There would also be “bubble and seal” measures imposed at airports, transport routes, tourist destinations and communities near tourist destinations and the use of “close observation” devices.
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