THAILAND REOPENS FOR INTERNATIONAL TOURISM: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW | FLIGHTLAYAWAY
For the first time in over 18 months, Thailand has reopened for international tourism. After previous pilot programs permitting limited, highly local tourism, government authorities announced that the country was ready to lift all restrictions starting on November 1.
However, there are just a few simple rules to bear in mind. Read on for the full details about Thailand's reopening to international tourism.
Your Guide to Thailand's Reopening
Though the COVID-19 situation around the globe is improving, the pandemic is still very much an issue that requires attention and concern.
To be able to visit Thailand as an international tourist, you must:
- Come from a nation included on the list of 63 approved countries (this includes the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, and all of Western Europe). You must have spent at least 21 days in one of these countries.
Show valid proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days before traveling. Thailand will also accept a single dose, plus proof of a prior COVID infection no longer than three months before travel. Children under the age of 12 that are traveling with parents/guardians are exempt from the vaccination requirement.
Show a negative COVID-19 test administered no more than 72 hours before departure.
Take a second test upon arrival.
Carry travel insurance that covers at least US $50,000.
Additionally, all visitors must quarantine for one night in a government-approved hotel. While this might seem like an inconvenient road bump, given the jet lag most travelers suffer upon arrival to Thailand, taking one extra day to regroup and rest isn't the worst of plans.
Travel Requirements for Entering Thailand
Travelers will need to apply for – and receive – a Thailand Pass. The steps involved are as follows:
1. Register online for a Thailand Pass
2. Upload the required documentation, allowing 3-5 business days for the approval process, including vaccine certificate validation, paid accommodation, and PCR test, to be completed
3. Confirm the approval and receive the Thailand Pass QR Code
After arriving in Thailand, travelers must then follow these steps:
1. Present Thailand Pass QR Code to official Health Control authorities; proceed through Immigration.
2. Take another PCR test at the pre-confirmed accommodation or pre-arranged test center.
3. Proceed directly to the government-approved hotel via pre-arranged transfer.
4. Install and activate the MorChana mobile app while at the hotel.
Once travelers receive their negative test results, they will be given an antigen test kit for self-testing on day 6 or 7 of their stay in Thailand. The results must be recorded in the MorChana mobile app.
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