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Thailand Has Reopened With No Quarantine. Here’s Everything You Need to Know

As of November 1, vaccinated international arrivals from at least 63 countries can visit Thailand with minimal restrictions. We’ve got all the details on the quarantine-free Thailand reopening here.

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By Jeninne Lee-St. John

Nov 1, 2021

THE LONG-AWAITED REOPENING of Thailand is finally upon us! Fully vaccinated international arrivals can as of November 1 fly into Thailand with no quarantine—you just need one night in an approved hotel while awaiting Covid test results. Whether you will be participating in the Test & Go, a Sandbox program or Alternative Quarantine, here’s what you need to know.

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10 more things to know about the Thailand reopening:

1. Fully vaccinated arrivals from the following countries (as of November 1) are subject to no quarantine or Blue Zone requirements (the new name for “Sandbox,” see point 3 below) and may travel freely throughout Thailand once they have received negative results from their initial test on arrival:

Australia
Austria
Bahrain
Belgium
Bhutan
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Canada
Chile
China
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary

Iceland
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Kuwait
Laos
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Mongolia
Myanmar
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway

Oman
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Sri Lanka
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Vietnam
Hong Kong
Taiwan

2. Travelers under 12 do not require proof of vaccination, but must be traveling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians and show a negative RT-PRC Covid-19 test no more than 72 hours before traveling

Bangkok
Bangkok. Photo by Cedric Arnold

3. The Sandbox program has been rebranded as Blue Zones, and as of November 1, the following areas of Thailand are categorized as Blue Zone

  • Bangkok
  • Krabi
  • Chon Buri (Banglamung, Pattaya, Si Racha, Ko Si Chang, and Sattahip – Na Jomtien and Bang Sarey)
  • Chiang Mai (Mueang, Doi Tao, Mae Rim, and Mae Taeng)
  • Trat (Ko Chang)
  • Buri Ram (Mueang)
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Nong Kae)
  • Phang-Nga
  • Phetchaburi (Cha-Am)
  • Phuket
  • Ranong (Ko Phayam)
  • Rayong (Ko Samet)
  • Loei (Chiang Khan)
  • Samut Prakan (Suvarnabhumi Airport)
  • Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao)
  • Nong Khai (Mueang, Sangkhom, Si Chiang Mai, and Tha Bo)
  • Udon Thani (Mueang, Ban Dung, Kumphawapi, Na Yung, Nong Han, and Prachaksinlapakhom)

4. Test & Go (no quarantine or Blue Zone required) participants must book one night in a SHA+ (or AQ) hotel, wait for the arrival test results to come back negative, and then may travel freely around Thailand and stay wherever they like

5. Blue Zone participants must book 7 nights in a SHA+ hotel. After the first night, if their arrival test results come back negative, they may travel freely within their Blue Zone area for the week. After their second test results come back negative, they may travel freely around the country and stay wherever they like

6. Test & Go and Blue Zone arrivals must have been in their country of departure for 21 days prior to arrival in Thailand. However, this does not apply to Thai nationals and foreign legal residents of Thailand who traveled to that destination from Thailand

7. All required Covid-19 tests must be paid for in advance and should be included in your hotel booking. Testing on arrival will take place in your SHA+ or AQ hotel or at external testing sites

8. To participate in the Blue Zone program, you must arrive via the international airports of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi or Don Mueng, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Samui and U-Tapao, as well as Buriram (currently available to chartered flights only)

9. Thailand Pass is a program that will generate you a unique QR code indicating that you have the documentation required to enter Thailand. It takes 3 to 5 days to approve, so it is recommended you apply 7 days before your flight

10. As the Thailand Pass website did not go live until November 1, COEs will be honored for entry for arrivals at the very beginning of November. Those eligible for Test & Go will be refunded the costs of their second Covid test and 6 nights of their hotel stay, if requested

Krabi
Krabi. Photo by Cedric Arnold

To apply for Thailand Pass, go to: tp.consular.go.th

For more information on the Thailand reopening, including Test & Go, Blue Zones and Alternative Quarantine, go to: www.tatnews.org

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