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Thailand remains on UK travel red list

LONDON: Thailand will remain on Britain’s red list of countries that it is advising against all but essential travel to after the UK government announced changes to simplify its coronavirus travel regime yesterday (Oct 6).

By The Phuket News

Thursday 7 October 2021, 09:30AM

Photo: AFP

Photo: AFP

UPDATE: On Oct 7 Phuket officials announced, "According to the UK Government, the measure for international travel to England, Thailand will be moved off the red list (of countries and territories) at 4 am Monday 11 October 2021." See story here.

“The FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) advise against all but essential travel to the whole of Thailand based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks,” the ministry said on the website.

Additionally, for separate security reasons, the website also advises against essential travel to Yala, Narathiwat, Pattani and the southern part of Songkhla.

Britain introduced a “traffic light” system in May which designated the specific colours of green, amber and red to respective countries depending on its situation and status in regards to battling and containing the COVID-19 pandemic. This system was scrapped on Tuesday in favour of the more straight forward red zone classification of countries.

Yesterday’s announcement saw the UK dropping its advice against all but essential travel for 32 countries and territories who have progressed their fighting against COVID-19 across the world.

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Thailand, however, remains on the red list along with the likes of Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa.

This means only fully vaccinated UK citizens and residents will be allowed to enter the UK after returning from a red list country. Returning citizens would need to undergo a 10-day quarantine period in a government-approved hotel at an approximate cost of £2,285 (B105,000). That includes transport to the hotel, security, provision of welfare services and the two PCR tests which must be taken on day two and day eight of the stay. An extra adult is £1,430, children aged 5-12 cost £325 and children under five are free. Any non UK residents will not be permitted to enter the country.

“We’re striking the right balance between keeping people safe which remains our priority and giving them the freedom to exercise personal responsibility, while supporting the travel sector,” UK Foreign Minister Liz Truss said.

The UK Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, had previously strongly advised against people travelling to red listed countries.

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BobTB | 08 October 2021 - 02:36:11

Unvaccinated travellers to England over the age of 18 must continue to take a PCR or lateral flow/antigen test meeting specified performance standards no more than 72 hours prior to their departure date, must have further Covid tests on days 2 and 8 following their return to England and must self-isolate at home for 10 days. (Source: UK government and BBC websites)

BobTB | 08 October 2021 - 02:35:09

This requirement will be downgraded to a lateral flow test from the end of October. Unless the test is positive there is no need to self-isolate.

BobTB | 08 October 2021 - 02:34:30

From October 11 travellers from Thailand to England who are fully vaccinated (Sinovac/Sinopharm don’t count) and hold a state-issued vaccination certificate in English no longer need to take a Covid test before departing for the UK, but they have to take a PCR test within 2 days of arriving if over the age of five.

BobTB | 08 October 2021 - 02:33:04

Definitely premature to publish this article as everything’s changed within the past 24 hours. Most countries, including Thailand, are off England’s red list effective October 11, the 7 remaining red list countries all being in Central or South America. Arrangements for other parts of the UK have yet to be announced.

CaptainJack69 | 07 October 2021 - 13:38:47

This isn't new, it's been the case for weeks now. There's one short list of 'really bad places' and Thailand is on it. They also don't recognize vaccines administered here, even the British owned AstraZenica. Foreign governments know how corrupt, nepotistic and protectionist the Thai authorities are. But come here on holiday guys, it's great. Wake up Thailand.

somsat | 07 October 2021 - 11:28:40

Red list update is Thursday so there won't be any change.Please get your facts right before publishing articles that are not correct


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