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From November, Thailand will be largely open to vaccinated tourists


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Large parts of Thailand, including Bangkok and Chiang Mai, can be visited again by foreign tourists from November 1 without having to be quarantined on arrival, provided they are fully vaccinated. Negative corona tests remain mandatory.

As of October 1, the quarantine period will already be shortened, and as of November 1, it will be completely abolished for vaccinated people. They can then travel without quarantine to the regions of Bangkok, Krabi, Phang Nga, Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Nong Kae), Phetchaburi (Cha-am), Chonburi (Pattaya, Bang Lamung, Jomtien and Bang Sare), Ranong (Koh Phayam ), Chiang Mai (Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Muang and Doi Tao), Loei (Chiang Khan) and Buri Ram (Muang).

It has been possible for vaccinated people to travel to Phuket and Koh Samui without quarantine for some time. There are, however, strict rules. It is still unclear what exactly the rules will be from November, but in any case the negative corona tests remain mandatory.

For Thailand, the reopening of large parts of the country to vaccinees is an important step in the restart of tourism, the country’s main source of income. Almost half of the population has now had a first shot and Thailand wants to ‘learn to live’ with the virus.

When returning from Thailand to the Europe, there is no longer a mandatory quarantine for vaccinated persons. However, vaccinees must still be tested before departure to Europe, with a PCR test (maximum 48 hours before departure) or a cheaper antigen rapid test (24 hours).

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