COVID-19: THAILAND Opening up to the vaccinated – no quarantine
Thailand was little affected when COVID-19 first emerged back in early 2020. But the Delta variant has hit Thailand hard. The government is now working on ways to re-open the country to tourism – which is over 20% of the economy.
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Thailand has been running a trial for fully vaccinated tourist arrivals into Phuket. It is now planning to broaden that initiative to include Bangkok and 9 other regions for fully vaccinated tourists, without a quarantine period. The unvaccinated will still need to quarantine for 10 days (used to be 14). Some destinations like Krabi are open from 1 October – but you will need to serve 7 days in quarantine.
After Bangkok, the new destinations as of November 1 include Chiang Mai, Cha-am, Hua Hin, Krabi, Pattaya and Phangnga, with no requirement to quarantine for the fully vaccinated.
Thailand is averaging around 10,000 new COVID-19 cases a day, although this is now dropping. Vaccination rates are less than 40% but on the rise, with it taking about 23 days to raise that rate by another 10%. Given those figures, maybe I will be comfortable returning to my beloved Thailand in early 2022.
Besides the service and culture which I love – it also is home to some of the best health care facilities in South East Asia. Important if you happen to catch COVID-19.