Thailand Eases Travel Restrictions for the End of 2021

Written by Yongmin S.
2021-11-04 11:17:23

Thailand has finally opened its door to welcome back international travelers. Before November 1, 2021, the process to get to Thailand was complicated to say the least. All travelers were required to obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE) to enter the country and endure 14-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival. This was a hindrance to every traveler’s plans, as it required much time and expense to make just a single trip.

On November 1, 2021, Thailand officially scrapped the COE system and replaced it with the new, digitalized Thailand Pass system, which allows travelers to process documents more efficiently. The introduction of the Thailand Pass coincides with the changes of regulations in Thailand, where curfew has been lifted, and more businesses are open and ready for the influx of longing travelers.

Currently, there are three different ways travelers can enter Thailand:

  1. Test and Go
  2. Blue Zone
  3. Alternative Quarantine

Test and Go Requirements

Travelers who are entering Thailand through Test and Go are exempt from quarantine. To be eligible, travelers must be fully vaccinated and traveling from one of the 63 eligible countries below:

Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, India, Taiwan, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Croatia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Oman, Romania, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Luxembourg

Travelers are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 14 days before traveling. They are also required to obtain a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test result within 72 hours before traveling. Travelers will be required to take another test upon arrival, and stay at a SHA+ hotel for the day until they receive a negative test result.


Blue Zone (Sandbox Program)

Another way for travelers to enter Thailand is through the Blue Zone. This option is available for fully vaccinated travelers from any country. If the traveler is fully vaccinated but not departing from an eligible country, the Blue Zone is the way to go. Since the introduction of Phuket Sandbox in July, the program has been expanded to include more areas across the country. The Blue Zone now consists of 17 destinations, including:

Bangkok, Buri Ram, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Krabi, Loei, Nong Khai, Phang Nga, Phetchaburi, Phuket, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ranong, Rayong, Samut Prakan, Surat Thani, Trat, Udon Thani.

Travelers entering through any of the Blue Zone destinations are required to stay 7 nights at a SHA+ hotel before they are allowed to travel elsewhere in the country.


Alternative Quarantine in Thailand (AQ)

Travelers who are not fully vaccinated must undergo 10-day mandatory Alternative Quarantine at a designated AQ hotel. Once the 10-day quarantine has been completed, travelers can travel to any destination in Thailand.


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