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:
- Brunei Darussalam
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- Slovak Republic
- Sri Lanka
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China
- 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.