More news from Thailand regarding the dreaded mandatory quarantine today as Reuters just reported vaccinated travelers will be exempt from quarantine measures when traveling to Thailand from November 1, 2021.
This comes after Thailand postponed their “reopening” of arrivals into Bangkok that was initial scheduled for October 1st, then moved to October 15th and after that to November 1st.
Last time the Bangkok Governor revolted against officials from Government House saying he won’t open Bangkok to foreign arrivals until at least 70% of the population are vaccinated. I wonder what changed between the fit he threw last week and the announcement today?
Thailand will waive its mandatory quarantine requirement in Bangkok and nine regions from Nov. 1 to vaccinated arrivals, authorities said on Monday, as the country tries to boost its immunisation rate and revive its battered tourism sector.
The regions include popular tourist areas Chiang Mai, Phangnga, Krabi, Hua Hin, Pattaya, and Cha-am, and follow the successful reopening of Phuket and Samui islands to vaccinated people in pilot schemes since July. …
Authorities will also reduce the quarantine time nationwide for visitors arriving from Oct. 1, the COVID-19 task force said, halving it to seven days for vaccinated arrivals, and cutting it to 10 days for those not inoculated.
It will also further ease restrictions from Friday in 29 “dark red” provinces under maximum control, including Bangkok, to allow more businesses and activities to reopen, such as spas, libraries, cinemas, indoor sports venues and nail salons. …
The article is generally sparse of linking direct sources and information. Let’s see if this sticks or if it’ll get canned again by one of the officials with a hand in this giant mess.
I already wrote another piece today about the reduction of quarantine requirements:
Even if this is available from October 1st I don’t think many people will be able to profit from it that quickly. You need a new Certificate of Entry and arrange travel. The new rule also has to clear the cabinet and be “gazetted” so maybe after the first October week!?
UPDATE: Release from TAT that was issued after this piece was originally published:
Bangkok, 27 September, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to report that during today’s meeting, the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved a four-phase timeline for the country’s reopening plan to revitalise the nationwide tourism industry.
Pilot Phase (1-31 October, 2021)
This will continue with the four popular beach resorts, which were the first destinations to reopen – beginning with Phuket on 1 July, then Surat Thani’s Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao on 15 July, and most recently Krabi and Phang-Nga on 16 August linking with Phuket under the 7+7 Extension arrangement. This phase will also see reopening of new designated areas in Krabi – Khlong Muang and Thap Khaek.
First Phase (1-30 November, 2021)
This will see the reopening extended to 10 other tourism-driven destinations. These include all areas of Bangkok, Krabi and Phang-Nga, and designated areas in Buri Ram (Mueang), Chiang Mai (Mueang, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, and Doi Tao), Chon Buri (Pattaya, Bang Lamung, Na Jomtien, and Sattahip), Loei (Chiang Khan), Phetchaburi (Cha-Am), Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin), and Ranong (Ko Phayam).
Second Phase (1-31 December, 2021)
The reopening will be extended to 20 more provinces which are tourism-driven, well-known for art and culture, or border destinations. These include Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai, Khon Kaen, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Nong Khai, Pathum Thani, Phatthalung, Phetchabun, Phrae, Rayong, Samut Prakan, Songkhla, Sukhothai, Trang, Trat, and Yala.
Third Phase (1 January, 2022, onwards)
This will see the reopening of 13 border provinces, including Bueng Kan, Chanthaburi, Kanchanaburi, Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom, Nan, Ratchaburi, Sa Kaeo, Satun, Surin, Tak, Ubon Ratchathani, and Udon Thani.
The CCSA has asked all concerned government agencies to prepare for the Phase 1-3 reopening. Meanwhile, foreign tourists can continue to visit the four pilot beach resort destinations under the existing conditions.
TAT will be providing more details of Thailand’s reopening plans as soon as official information becomes available.
According to Reuters Thailand (Bangkok and 9 other regions) will waive the quarantine requirement entirely starting November 1, 2021 under the condition that the traveler is vaccinated. The article doesn’t mention any testing or monitoring requirements.
There hasn’t been any of this in Thai media (Bangkok Post, The Nation) yet so I’d take it with a grain of salt for now. News and government decisions in Thailand are valid until they get reversed, sometimes just a few hours later.