Thailand Confirms Tourism Reopening Plans

Updated 15th October 2021.

Officials in Thailand have confirmed the end of any form of quarantine for travellers from five countries and the opening of more areas of the country from 1st November.

Main picture Koh Yao Thailand credit Amazing Thailand

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) have confirmed that fully vaccinated travellers from China, Germany, Singapore, United Kingdom and the United States of America can visit Thailand quarantine free provided that they have a negative PCR test prior to arrival.

In his surprise announcement last Monday, the Thai Prime Minister had suggested that there would be at least 10 countries in the list but this seems to be not the case with the initial announcement.

The Prime Minister also stated that more countries would be added to the quarantine-free list from 1st December with a more extensive list following on 1st January 2022.

The number of destinations open to tourists will also be expanded from 1st November.

Currently tourists can travel directly to Phuket and parts of Surat Thani (Samui), Phangnga (Khao Lak) and Krabi. The list will be expanded to 17 provinces although the full list has not yet been released.

Areas that have been confirmed are: Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi Airport, areas of Prachup Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Nong Kae) and all remaining areas of Krabi and Phangnga.

[Update] Other areas that may be added but are yet to be confirmed are: Phetchaburi (Cha-am), Chonburi (Pattaya, Bang Lamung, Na Chom Thian, Bang Saray, Koh Si Chang, Si Racha), Ranong (Koh Phayam), Chiang Mai (Mueang district, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Doi Tao), Loei (Chiang Khan), Buriram (Mueang district), Nong Khai (Mueang, Si Chiang Mai, Tha Bo, Sangkom), Udon Thani (Mueang, Na Yung, Nong Han, Prajaksilpakom, Kumphawapi, Ban Dung), Rayong (Koh Samet) and Trat (Koh Chang).

From 1st December another 16 provinces will reopen including Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Lamphun, Phrae and Sukhothai.

In his announcement earlier in the week the Prime Minister also said that many of the restrictions currently in place would be relaxed from 1st Decembr, including allowing the sale of alcohol in restaurants and reopening of entertainment venues.

Increasing Flights

Thai Airways has confirmed that they will be increasing the number of international flights to the key tourism countries in Europe, Asia and Australia in response to the announcement from the CCSA.

Most changes will take affect from 31st October.

Changes to Entry Requirements

There have been criticisms of the Certificate of Entry (COE) system that tourists have had to follow since the start of the Phuket Sandbox on 1st July, with claims that it was overly complicated and difficult to navigate.

Now the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Digital Government Development Agency has confirmed that they are developing a replacement system for foreign visitors who will be arriving by air from 1st November.

The Thailand Pass system will replace the COE and will enable visitors to upload required documents and enable the filing of the necessary immigration and health declaration forms.

Vaccination certificates will also be approved online with the new system.

Restrictions Relaxed

The CCSA have also announced changes to Covid control areas and the restrictions within them. [Updated]

Dark red zones – maximum and strict Covid controls:

  • The curfew will change to 11pm to 3am for at least the next 15 days, instead of the present 10pm-4am.
  • Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited
  • Cinemas, eateries, theatres, stadiums, public parks, shopping centres, convenience stores and markets can open until 10pm.
  • Dine-in restaurants limited to 75% capacity in non-air conditioned venues and 50% in air conditioned venues. Can open until 10pm. Live music allowed. Serving of alcohol prohibited.
  • Beauty salons / spas / massage centres can open until 10pm but sauna and steam rooms remain closed
  • Entertainment centres will remain closed.

The dark red zone areas are Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chanthaburi, Chachoengsao, Chonburi, Tak, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nonthaburi, Narathiwat, Pathum Thani, Prachinburi, Pattani, Ayutthaya, Yala, Rayong, Ratchaburi, Songkhla, Samut Prakan, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, and Saraburi.

Red zones – maximum control:

  • No curfew
  • Gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited
  • Restaurants can open until 11pm. Alcohol prohibited
  • Shoppings malls open as normal but promotional activites are prohibited. Amusement / water parks remain closed
  • Beauty salons / spa / massage centres can open as normal

Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Chai Nat, Chaiyaphum, Chumphon, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Trang, Trat, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Sawan, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phatthalung, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phetchaburi, Phetchabun, Maha Sarakham, Ranong, Lopburi, Sisaket, Satun, Sa Kaeo, Sing Buri, Suphan Buri, Surat Thani, Surin, Ang Thong, Udon Thani and Ubon Ratchathani.

Orange zones – controlled areas:

  • No curfew
  • Gatherings of more than 200 people are prohibited
  • Restaurants can open normally. Alcohol prohibited
  • Shoppings malls open as normal. Amusement / water parks remain closed
  • Beauty salons / spa / massage centres can open as normal

Krabi, Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Phanom, Nan, Bueng Kan, Buriram, Phayao, Phang Nga, Phrae, Phuket, Mukdahan, Mae Hong Son, Yasothon, Roi Et, Lampang, Lamphun, Loei, Sakon Nakhon, Sukhothai, Nong Khai, Nong Bua Lamphu, Amnat Charoen, Uttaradit, and Uthai Thani.

Source: Bangkok Post & The Nation Thailand

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