Starting next month, visitors to the Kingdom of Thailand who have been vaccinated will have their mandatory quarantine period halved.
Thailand To Shorten Quarantine For Vaccinated Travelers
At a press conference on Monday, Anutin Charnviranku, Thailand’s Public Health Minister, explained:
“Foreigners traveling to Thailand with vaccination certificates in accordance with the requirements of each brands, will need to quarantine for only seven days.”
Under the update:
- Visitors who have been vaccinated within the last three months will only need to spend seven days in quarantine
- A negative COVID-19 test not older than three days prior to departure must still be presented
- Visitors who have not been vaccinated will have to quarantine for 10 days (instead of 14)
- Visitors from Africa must continue to quarantine for 14 days
- All visitors must continue to stay in government-prescribed quarantine hotels, though visitors do have discretion on the quality of the hotel and are responsible for all expenses during the stay
Thailand has carefully controlled COVID-19, reporting only 26,000 cases and 85 deaths. But its border closures have decimated the tourism sector, leading to economic recession and staggering job losses and business closures.
To put this in context, prior to the pandemic Thailand welcomed 40 million visitors a year. Last year, it welcomed a tiny fraction of that after the March shutdown.
When Will Thailand Waive Quarantine Requirements?
At the press conference, Anutin suggested that the country could fully re-open by October if its vaccination drive is successful:
- Currently less than 28,000 Thais have been vaccinated
- Almost all are medical workers and used the Chinese vaccine
- Thailand has ordered 61 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine
- Mass inoculations are set to begin in June
- Once more than 70% of medical workers and “at-risk” citizens are vaccinated, quarantine requirements could be lifted
- This is expected by October
Thailand will loosen quarantine requirements starting on April 1, 2021. Those who have been vaccinated in the last 90 days will only have to quarantine for seven days while those who have not been vaccinated will need to quarantine for 10 days. By October, if vaccination efforts are successful, we may see an elimination of the quarantine requirement for those who have been vaccinated.