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Three schemes set to welcome visitors

BANGKOK: Thailand’s reopening will introduce three entry schemes for international tourists, while the list of countries eligible for quarantine-free entry without area restrictions is expected to be released on Friday (Oct 22).

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 22 October 2021, 09:58AM


The first scheme, called “Test & Go”, will come with minimal requirements for inoculated tourists from low-risk countries who also have a high economic impact on Thai tourism, said Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Yuthasak Supasorn, reports the Bangkok Post.

“The list of eligible countries should be announced today as the standard operating procedures have just been finalised and are waiting for official approval. All countries that are important markets for our industry are expected to be included on this list,” he said.

Under the first scheme, tourists must show a vaccine certificate that shows complete doses of a vaccine type approved by the World Health Organisation administered at least 14 days before arrival, a negative RT-PCR result obtained no more than 72 hours before arrival and COVID-19 insurance. COVID-19 insurance coverage has been reduced from US$100,000 to $50,000.

Travellers can arrive at any international airport in Thailand and must undergo another RT-PCR test which would have been pre-booked along with the first night in an SHA Plus hotel, as hotels will help manage the test procedure for their guests.

While waiting for the result, guests must stay in a hotel within a two-hour drive from the airport.

For instance, if tourists enter via Suvarnabhumi airport, they can choose an SHA Plus hotel in Bangkok or go directly to Pattaya. For destinations further away, they need to stay in Bangkok or a nearby province before continuing with their trips.

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After getting negative results, they can continue their journey to anywhere in the country without restriction and do not have to undergo a second test.

The second scheme named “Living in Blue Zone” is reserved for inoculated tourists from other countries apart from the list.

Travellers do not have to be kept in quarantine but can travel within 17 Blue Zone provinces during the first seven days and must take the second test on day six or day seven with an antigen test kit, which is less expensive than RT-PCR.

According to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, the Blue Zone will be expanded to 33 provinces from December, before increasing to 45 provinces from January.

Blue Zone provinces are designated areas that are ready to welcome international tourists and have completed mass vaccination of at least 70%.

Meanwhile, unvaccinated tourists still can visit the Kingdom under the third scheme, named “Happy Quarantine”, under which they must stay in alternative quarantine facilities for 10 days.

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Christy Sweet | 23 October 2021 - 15:50:20

Kurt I had to accept the sugar water as that's all I could get. Second dose was AZ  though and I'm aiming for a third booster of AZ Meanwhile I plan  to stay on  full lockdown mode through the winter, essential grocery trips only with form fitting masks, etc.  SARS is SARS  

Christy Sweet | 23 October 2021 - 15:44:30

Please choose from: 1) Confusing,  2) A lot more confusing and 3) Slightly less confusing and subject to last minute change. 

Kurt | 23 October 2021 - 13:08:04

@JohnC, agree 100% with you, But some, here chosen the expats, have to fill up the financial earning burden Officialdom face, it can not stop their 'money comes to me' flow so abrupt. No misunderstanding about that.

Kurt | 23 October 2021 - 10:17:43

Guess Thai executive staff who have to practice the weekly changing entry rules created by paper desk tigers who are good in keeping rules complicated, have to study all the time a lot to keep up with it. Many must have headache many time. Hehehe.

Kurt | 23 October 2021 - 10:07:36

80% of the Russians refuse to take that Sputnik vaccination,  as they don't trust quality of that vaccine. Different from Thai thinking who not have much trust in chinese sugar water vaccines but take it as told.

JohnC | 23 October 2021 - 09:33:40

So Covid insurance for tourists can be halved but now long stay expats who have stuck by Thailand thru out all this are now being slugged by increasing our insurance by 500%, even though we are fully vaccinated by your programme up to your standards!!

Xi_Virus | 22 October 2021 - 20:13:20

Would Xhan-ZERO-xha be here at the airport to greet them? 
It's all about Money and find a new way to rip off tourists. Those planning to visit Thailand, think twice as you never know when the "unexpected" thingx will happen!

Nasa12 | 22 October 2021 - 19:11:30

Wondering why Russia are one off this 46 country some are allowed in to LOS. This Sputnik vaccine are not provided from WHO or EU. And they us only this Sputnik vaccine in Russia. 

CaptainJack69 | 22 October 2021 - 13:53:03

Clear as mud. It seems 'travelers' will be allowed to enter quarantine free from anywhere but will have their domestic travel (somehow) restricted to 17 provinces if they haven't been in 1 of the 46 free countries for the last 21 days. How on earth will that be enforced?

Doesn't matter, wait a week and it'll change again.

maverick | 22 October 2021 - 11:20:47

A degree of common sense finally beginning to surface especially around insurance - why residents can’t wait at home for tests is puzzling they have an address on record - perhaps issues with logistics on testing. My partner flew out last night to UK to see family and flight was 40% full, mainly home bound tourists..so some life returning for business’s 

 

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