Thailand opens up and starts to welcome tourists without quarantine from 1 Nov 2021

From Nov 1, fully vaccinated visitors from 61 countries will not be required to be quarantined when entering Thailand. Find out if you are eligible.

List of 61 countries & 2 territories to be exempted from quarantine

On Oct 21, the Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, announced that fully-vaccinated visitors from 45 countries and 1 territory will be exempted from quarantine from Nov 1 onwards when visiting Thailand. The Thai foreign ministry added another 16 countries and 1 territory into the list on Oct 30. These countries and territories include:

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Bahrain
  4. Belgium
  5. Bhutan
  6. Brunei Darussalam
  7. Bulgaria
  8. Cambodia
  9. Canada
  10. Chile
  11. China
  12. Croatia
  13. Cyprus
  14. Czech Republic
  15. Denmark
  16. Estonia
  17. Finland
  18. France
  19. Germany
  20. Greece
  21. Hungary
  22. Iceland
  23. India
  24. Indonesia
  25. Ireland
  26. Israel
  27. Italy
  28. Japan
  29. Kuwait
  30. Laos
  31. Latvia
  32. Lithuania
  33. Luxembourg
  34. Malaysia
  35. Maldives
  36. Malta
  37. Mongolia
  38. Myanmar
  39. Nepal
  40. Netherlands
  41. New Zealand
  42. Norway
  43. Oman
  44. Philippines
  45. Poland
  46. Portugal
  47. Qatar
  48. Romania
  49. Saudi Arabia
  50. Singapore
  51. Slovak Republic
  52. Slovenia
  53. Sri Lanka
  54. South Korea
  55. Spain
  56. Sweden
  57. Switzerland
  58. United Arab Emirates
  59. United Kingdom
  60. United States
  61. Vietnam
  62. Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China
  63. Taiwan, Republic of China

Requirements to be exempted from quarantine

Under this arrangement, fully vaccinated business travelers and tourists who have resided in any of the listed countries for at least 21 consecutive days will be allowed to travel to all parts of Thailand. While they will not be required to be quarantined, they will need to show the following:

  • A negative Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test 72 hours before departure
  • A negative Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test upon arrival in Thailand. They will need to wait for the result at an approved hotel for one night or until they receive a negative test result.
  • Medical insurance with a minimum coverage of USD50,000

What are the quarantine measures for tourists arriving in Thailand from countries not in the list?

Tourists arriving from other countries must undergo 7 days mandatory quarantine when arriving by air and 10 days mandatory quarantine when arriving by land or sea.

Alternatively, they may also opt to enter Thailand via the “Sandbox” program. Starting from Oct 1, fully vaccinated tourists arriving under the Sandbox program to Phuket, Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao), Phang-Nga (Khao Lak and Ko Yao), and Krabi (Ko Phi Phi, Ko Ngai and Railay Beach) do not have to undergo quarantines but will be required to stay in these areas for 7 days before allowed to move to other parts of Thailand.

Will tourists be required to pay tourist entry fee?

Not required at the moment. The 500 Baht tourist entry fee is expected to be implemented only from 2022 onwards.

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Andrew L
Frequent traveler in Asia. In love with the culture and history of Thailand.