Thailand: reopening on 1 November 2021
As foreshadowed, Thailand is opening to fully immunised tourists from 46 countries from 1 November 2021, with the following provisos:
- You have to be fully vaccinated, enter by air and spent the last 21 days in one of 46 countries listed (see below)
- Have a RT-PCR coronavirus test with negative test result 72 hours prior to travel
- Have a RT-PCR coronavirus test on the day of arrival, and remain in hotel until a negative result is received.
- Have Medical insurance – minimum coverage US$50,000
Ok after all of that, remember that Thailand still has a 10 pm curfew, bars are closed, and restaurants don’t serve alcohol. That may all change – but worth noting.
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. . . and the 46 countries are:
- Brunei Darussalam
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
Peninsula will be open from 8 November
However, it should be noted that my favourite hotel in Bangkok, and possibly the world, the Peninsula will open from 8 November, although its Thai and Chinese restaurants will not be open.
With daily diagnosed cases of over 9,000 and over 60 deaths a day, I’m not sure I’d be attracted to visiting Thailand at the moment. However both of these rates are trending down, and vaccination rates are around 50% single and 40% double dose, which is not bad.
On the grounds that currently you should not visit a country with a vaccination rate lower than the country you come from – I in Australia (60% double vaxxed adults) would not be visiting Thailand at 40% double vaxxed.