Thailand’s economy is heavily dependent on tourism (before the coronavirus it accounted for around 20% of the country’s GDP), but the borders have been largely closed, at least for those seeking free movement without quarantine. That will finally change in a little over a week, which is super exciting.
Thailand reopens from November 1
It’s now official – Thailand will open to fully vaccinated travelers from 46 countries as of November 1, 2021. With this plan:
- Fully vaccinated travelers will be eligible to enter Thailand by air if they have stayed in any of the 46 countries for at least 21 consecutive days prior to travel (so this is not about citizenship, but rather location where you have been)
- An RT-PCR coronavirus test will be required within 72 hours before travel
- A second RT-PCR coronavirus test will be required on the day of arrival, and the traveler should stay in their accommodation until the result comes back negative
- Medical insurance with a minimum coverage of $ 50,000 will be required for the trip
The plan for this was first announced by Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha just over a week ago. Many questioned whether or not that would happen, given that we’ve seen seemingly endless reopening plans announced, but none have come to fruition. It looks like this time it’s really happening, according to the Thai Foreign Ministry.
Now, before planning your trip to Thailand, there is one major consideration. While the country will open to tourists from November 1, it is still expected that a 10 p.m. curfew will remain in place, bars will remain closed and restaurants will not serve alcohol. Until these rules change, I can’t imagine that many people will consider a Thailand vacation.
Which 46 countries is Thailand opening up to?
Thailand opens to travelers who have stayed in any of the 46 eligible countries in the last 21 consecutive days prior to their trip. These countries include the following:
- Brunei Darussalam
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United States
I’m not surprised this is happening
Thailand’s plan to reopen so far has been a mess. I don’t know how many dozens of reopening strategies we’ve seen proposed by various government officials in Thailand, but nothing has come of it. This is why I have been skeptical of Thailand’s plans and haven’t written much about them.
This time it was different, because I really think we come to a turning point when it comes to travel restrictions. We’re finally at the point of the pandemic where even conservative destinations are starting to make realistic plans to open up – just look at countries like Australia, Fiji, Singapore, etc.
Once countries have widespread immunizations, at some point I think we are at the ‘new normal’ because there is no magic that is going to happen to eradicate the coronavirus completely anytime soon.
At the end of the line
Thailand now officially plans to open to vaccinated travelers from 46 countries as of November 1, 2021. Those who have been in certain countries in the past 21 days will be able to travel to Thailand without quarantine, in conjunction with a coronavirus test. before departure and upon arrival.
It’s a fantastic development for travelers, and I think we’re going to see a lot more countries open up in the coming weeks.
What do you think of Thailand’s plan to reopen?