There is no doubt that Thailand wants to cash out from its highly profitable travel industry and now that the vaccine roll-out is underway in many countries, the kingdom approved 7-day quarantine for incoming travellers who have received full doses of the vaccine.
The new scheme started on 1 April as part of the country’s four-phase reopening rules. Here are the five things you should know about the shortened quarantine:
- The 7-day quarantine will only apply to people who received full doses of the following vaccines:
- ARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (CoronaVac) by Sinovac (2 doses needed)
- AZD1222 by AstraZeneca/Oxford (2 doses needed);
- AZD1222 by SK BIOSCIENCE – AstraZeneca/Oxford (2 doses needed);
- BNT162b2/CORMIRNATY – Tozinameran (INN) by Pfizer/BioNTech (2 doses needed);
- Covishield (ChAdOx1_nCoV19) by the Serum Institute of India (2 doses needed);
- COV2.Sby the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (1 dose needed),
- mRNA-1273 by Moderna (2 doses needed).
The traveller must receive the vaccine at least 14 days before their arrival in Thailand.
- The current 14-day period would remain for people arriving from countries where the COVID-19 virus had mutated.
- When applying for a certificate of entry, travellers would still have to book and pay for 11 nights. The reason behind this is because verification will take place upon arrival.
- Verification of vaccination certificate will be conducted at the airport by the immigration and doctors from the Ministry of Public Health. They will decide whether the traveller will spend 7 days or 10 days in quarantine. If the traveller will only spend 7 days in quarantine, the hotel will refund the difference of the amount to the guest.
- Incoming foreigners and Thais returning to the country would be tested once after arrival and on days 5-6.
Apart from the aforementioned changes in quarantine rules, Royal Vacation DMC claimed that all other requirements such as negative COVID test and medical insurance.