Mandatory quarantine for both Thai and foreign arrivals will be shortened to 10 days starting 1 April, as part of the Thai government’s ambitious plan to fully reopen the country from 1 October.
Between 1 April and 30 September, arrivals without a vaccination certificate (VC) and COVID-19 free certificate (CFC) would be quarantined for 10 days and tested twice. Arrivals with complete 14-day VCs and CFCs would be quarantined for just seven days and tested once. Those with VCs but without CFCs would be tested twice.
In line with the country’s roadmap to reopening, Thailand plans to see all COVID-19 restrictions lifted from 1 October, provided all sectors continue to cooperate with the government in its containment efforts. Travellers will need only show a Fit-to-fly certificate and proof of having been tested for COVID-19. A 14-day mandatory quarantine will only be applied to travellers arriving from countries with new variants.
Phuket also looks set to win the government’s approval to welcome vaccinated foreign tourists from 1 July without having to undergo quarantine. The Ministry of Public Health recently approved the required number of vaccination doses to be provided to island residents, making the July reopening possible.
Thailand’s vaccination program was rolled out during March, with the prime minister and other cabinet ministers as well as 50,000 people in at-risk groups among the first to be inoculated. As the program gets underway, the country is also seeing a gradual return of events and festivals with strict COVID-19 safety and control measures. The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok and Bang Pa-in Royal Palace, also known as the Summer Palace, in Ayutthaya reopened to the public on 4 March.
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