Thailand Is Opening to Fully Vaccinated Tourists in October

Quarantine is also shortened to seven days.

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( After opening resort destinations like Phuket and Samui in July, Thailand is getting ready for their tourism recovery plan starting on October 1. An announcement by the Tourism Authority of Thailand following their meeting with Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration on September 27 revealed the details of their four-phase timeline for reopening.


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The Grand Palace is Bangkok’s biggest tourist draw.
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Thailand Travel Requirements (as of September 27):

Quarantine for fully vaccinated international tourists is also shortened to seven days from the initial 14 days. However, Phuket—which has been following the Sandbox model for two months now—implements quarantine-free travel as long as tourists stay on the island for seven days. They're also required to undergo RT-PCR testing twice.

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"The first time is between Day 0 and Day 1, which is the first day they arrive. The second time is between Day 6 and Day 7,” said CCSA spokesperson Taweesin Visanuyothin during a press conference on Monday.

International travelers who are not fully vaccinated are still required to undergo full quarantine: 10 days if they entered Thailand by sea or by air, and 14 days if they entered the country by land.

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Promthep Cape, which is on the southmost point of Phuket, is a popular tourist destination for its picturesque view of Andaman Sea.
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Thailand's Four-Phase Reopening Plan:

First Phase (October 1 to 31)

  • Phuket
  • Samui in Surat Thani
  • Ko Pha-ngan
  • Ko Tao
  • Krabi
  • Phang-Nga
  • Klong Muang in Krabi
  • Thap Khaek

Second Phase (November 1 to 30)

  • Bangkok
  • The rest of Krabi
  • Phang-Nga
  • 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)
  • Ranong (Ko Phayam)
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Locals flock to the man-made island of Kro Ket during weekends for its distinctive pottery products.
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Third Phase (December 1 to 31)

  • 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
  • Yala

Fourth Phase (Janury 1, 2022)

  • Bueng Kan
  • Chanthaburi
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Mukdahan
  • Nakhon Phanom
  • Nan
  • Ratchaburi
  • Sa Kaeo
  • Satun
  • Surin
  • Tak
  • Ubon Ratchathani
  • Udon Thani

Thailand reported 10,288 new COVID-19 infections and 101 deaths on September 27. At least 70% of Bangkok residents are expected to have been fully vaccinated when the capital reopens on October 15.

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