Mandatory quarantine for both Thai and foreign arrivals will be shortened to 10 days starting 1 April, as part of the Thai government’s ambitious plan to fully reopen the country from 1 October.

Between 1 April and 30 September, arrivals without a vaccination certificate (VC) and COVID-19 free certificate (CFC) would be quarantined for 10 days and tested twice. Arrivals with complete 14-day VCs and CFCs would be quarantined for just seven days and tested once. Those with VCs but without CFCs would be tested twice.

In line with the country’s roadmap to reopening, Thailand plans to see all COVID-19 restrictions lifted from 1 October, provided all sectors continue to cooperate with the government in its containment efforts. Travelers will need only show a Fit-to-fly certificate and proof of having been tested for COVID-19. A 14-day mandatory quarantine will only be applied to travelers arriving from countries with new variants.

Phuket also looks set to win the government’s approval to welcome vaccinated foreign tourists from 1 July without having to undergo quarantine. The Ministry of Public Health recently approved the required number of vaccination doses to be provided to island residents, making the July reopening possible.

Marianita Manio
April 2, 2021