Thailand May Resume Quarantine-Free Travel From February 1 As COVID Cases Drop

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by Tania Tarafdar
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Raise your hands if you have been waiting to visit your favourite country Thailand. If yes, there is good news for you! Thailand may soon give a quarantine waiver to vaccinated visitors as they began relaxing some of the rules for tourists. International travellers from all countries can apply for Thailand visas under the ‘Test & Go’ entry program from February 1. However, visitors will have to undergo two Covid tests upon arrival. Thailand reopened to vaccinated foreign visitors in November 2021, to prevent the tourism industry from collapsing after nearly 18 months of complete closure. 

Thailand Had Reopened Some Destinations For Foreign Tourists

If you are a Leonardo DiCaprio fan must have watched his famous movie The Beach. The was shot in Thailand’s Maya Bay, which is a beach cove. The good news is that it has started welcoming tourists on January 1, 2022. The place got overcrowded and that destroyed the natural ecosystem of the coral reef. It was forced to shut down in 2018. And while Maya Bay is all set to reopen for tourists, only 300 tourists will be allowed to dock by the cove at any one time. The timings will be between 10 AM to 4 PM each day and each tourist will get a window of one hour to explore it. Apart from Maya Bay, Thailand has also added Krabi, Phang Nga, and Koh Samui to the visa program for vaccinated foreign tourists.

Thailand Reopens Three Beach Destinations Under Sandbox Programme

The beach destinations Krabi, Phang Nga, and Koh Samui will be reopened under the sandbox programme in addition to Phuket that will allow international travellers to skip quarantine if they spend at least a week in these destinations.

Fully vaccinated travellers from across the globe can now visit Phuket without quarantine under the sandbox programme. The Tourist Authority of Thailand revealed that travellers will be able to stay in Bangkok and 4 other provinces without 2-weeks of hotel quarantine. Provinces in Thailand like Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan shall follow a sandbox model. In this tourists will stay in a certain area for 7 days after arrival and take Covid tests. From October 21, more destinations in Thailand will be added to the list. 

Thailand Is Betting On Indian Tourists For Revival Of  Tourism Industry

Thailand is now looking to attract Indian travelers during the festive season of Navratri and Diwali is a tourism-reliant economy that is hit hard with holidaymakers from countries including China. The Thai tourism industry expects Indians to resume travel during the festival of lights. Indians made up the third-largest group of visitors to Thailand before the pandemic and now Thailand is betting on Indian tourists to take advantage of its relaxed rules.

Thailand To Launch An ‘Island Hopping’ Programme For International Tourists

Thailand is all set to launch an ‘island hopping’ programme that will allow international travellers quarantine-free travel. According to the programme, travellers arriving in the island resort of Phuket can ‘hop’ to other seaside destinations. Fully-vaccinated travellers will be allowed to visit other beach destinations, including Phang Nga, Krabi, or Koh Samui after their stay in Phuket.

How Is Thailand Welcoming Vaccinated Travellers?

In order to welcome vaccinated tourists back to the thrilling destination, Thailand had implemented a four-stage plan. The first stage involves permitting fully vaccinated tourists to enter the country through Phuket, Phang Nga, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, and Krabi. Tourists will undergo testing on arrival and must use a government tracing app. Proof of vaccination approved by the World Health Organisation and a Covid negative certificate tested 72 hours before departure must be produced.

Can Vaccinated Tourists From India Travel To Thailand?

Thailand suspended issuing travel documents from India due to increasing Covid infections in India. In a statement, the Thai embassy in Delhi revealed that certificates of entry for non-Thai nationals travelling from India will be suspended until further notice. Thailand meanwhile, is dealing with its own outbreak.

Can Indians Fly To Thailand In Chartered Flights?

But with the new travel bans, the best way to wriggle out of this is to fly private. But what will it cost you to fly from India to Bangkok? We reached out to three private jet charter companies to find out. Jet Set Go costs ₹45 lakh, Foresee Aviation costs ₹54.87 lakh, and FlyBLACK costs ₹24.80 lakh. There is no option to book per seat on any of these charter flights. If are successful in flying to Thailand, you must quarantine for a mandatory 14-day period. 

Also read: Thailand Police Arrest 89 Tourists For Breaking Covid-19 Rules

All visitors must provide a vaccine certificate as part of the requirements. While minors do not need to produce vaccine certificates, travellers aged between 12 and 18 must undergo rapid antigen tests at their own expense. The rapid antigen test in Thailand costs around THB1,200 to THB1,500.

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