Thailand’s The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Friday released a roadmap of how the country would gradually open up for tourism arrivals in three stages.
Thailand has already been open for many nationals with a mandatory two-week hotel quarantine regardless of vaccination or previous Covid-19 infection.
Stage 1: April 1 – June 30
Visitors would be allowed to leave their rooms to exercise inside or outside and use hotel facilities such as a swimming pool. They would also be allowed to cycle and do some outside shopping in specific areas outside of the quarantine space.
The quarantine period is lowered to 10 days, and a Covid-19 free certificate is required.
The quarantine period is lowered to 7 days for vaccinated tourists (more than 14 days after vaccination but less than 3 months) + Covid-19 free certificate when ready.
Stage 2: July 1 – September 30
Visitors would be allowed to eat at hotel restaurants and have massages (I would assume at the hotel).
Stage 3: From October 1
Possibly no quarantine is required, but tourism could be restricted to certain areas, and some observation would be in place (likely a tracing app).
14-day quarantine would be in place for those arriving from areas with a mutated virus (already widespread).
UPDATE: Bangkok Post released an explanatory graphic (access their piece here):
Tourism is vital for Thailand, and I am sure that they would not want to lose the critical winter travel season of 2021/2022.
Requiring seven or 10-night quarantine for those vaccinated and free of Covid-19 is rather harsh and won’t increase the number of incoming tourists significantly.
Not sure how Thailand could limit the areas where tourists go and roam if they try to open up the country from October 1st? Interesting to see how this is going to play out.