The Public Health Ministry’s ‘National Committee on Communicable Diseases’ has announced plans to reduce the 14-day mandatory quarantine for travelers entering Thailand from April 1st. This decision was made in light of the apparent success that the Covid-19 vaccinations appear to be having on combatting the pandemic.
This plan essentially means that vaccinated tourists are required to quarantine for only 7 days as opposed to two weeks within a hotel. After one week of quarantine, they will be able to travel to any province. Eligible tourists must have a valid vaccination certificate dated no more than three months and no less than 14 days, as well as a Covid-free certificate.
Those tourists who are unvaccinated but have a covid free certificate are required to quarantine for 10 days.
Returning Thais who have a valid vaccination certificate dated no more than three months and no less than 14 days are required to quarantine for 7 days.
It is important to note that this is a pilot scheme and only applies to certain areas of Thailand. Currently, most of the destinations are islands in the South of Thailand including Phuket and Koh Samui, which are heavily reliant on international tourists.
These regulations do not apply to travelers from Africa due to the presence of a new highly contagious variant of the virus. Travelers from African countries will still have to undergo quarantine for 14 days.
Please note that at the time of writing, these proposals have not been formally approved by the Thai Government. A meeting was held on Monday the 15th of March 2021 to discuss the details and a formal update is expected soon.