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At Thailand Holiday Group, we recognise the need to adopt and implement a comprehensive range of procedures as a professional and conscientious travel agency, including health and safety best practices in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, the well-being of our clients, hoteliers, and team members is our main priority. As such, we have introduced some new initiatives to ensure our suppliers maintain the highest hygiene levels while guaranteeing that our guest’s experience isn’t diminished in any way.
There are still significant travel restrictions in place regarding travel to Thailand. Further limitations may also apply in your home country, so we strongly advise consulting the Royal Thai Embassy or the relevant government department prior to making any travel arrangements.
All airlines are currently running a reduced schedule with restrictions on the number of seats available due to social distancing. Thai Airways are operating repatriation flights for Thai Nationals and those living in Thailand with long-term visas. The flights can be arranged via the Royal Thai Embassy, with departure dates decided and allocated by the embassy.
The major carriers such as KLM, Lufthansa, Emirates, Etihad and EVA, amongst others, are flying to Thailand. At present, they require ALL passengers, including Thai nationals, to produce a negative PCR COVID-19 that must have been taken no more than 72 hours before departure. Many airlines still require a Fit to Fly Certificate, something that Thai Immigration no longer requires.
Proof of having the necessary documentation is required, along with disclaimers depending upon the country of departure and if connections are needed. Documents will be checked at ALL airports en route, so please allow more time at check-in and when you go to the gate. Check-in, in most cases, now opens four hours before the scheduled departure time, extended from the previous three hours.
From 1 April, those travelling from countries without a COVID-19 variant and with a certificate proving that they have had the required doses of a recognised vaccine (see below) will be required to quarantine for no less than eight nights on arrival in Thailand. The quarantine will be at a government recognised quarantine centre such as State Quarantine (Thai nationals only), at an Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) or an Alternative Local Quarantine (ALQ) hotel.
Those travelling without a valid vaccination certificate will be required to quarantine for no less than 11 nights at an ASQ or ALQ. Travellers from countries with a recognised variant will be required to quarantine for no less than 15 nights in an ASQ or ALQ.
(1) CoronaVac by Sinovac (approved by the FDA)
(2) AZD 1222 by AstraZeneca/Oxford (approved by the FDA)
(3) AZD 1222 by Siam Bioscience /AstraZeneca/Oxford (approved by the FDA)
(4) COV2.S by Johnson & Johnson (approved by the FDA)
(5) Tozinameran by Pfizer–BioNTech
(6) Covishield by Serum Institute of India
(7) mRNA-1273 by Moderna
Holders of long-term visas such as a Thai Retirement Visa, a Thai Marriage Visa or a Thai Business Visa can enter the country under the proviso above. The following visas are available for tourists from most countries (consult with your local Royal Thai Embassy for confirmation).
The STV is granted for an initial 90 days, which can be extended twice, once in Thailand, making 270 days.
This is a new visa that began in December 2020 allowing tourists to enter the Kingdom for up to 60 days. Currently, the visa cannot be extended but this is under review
Also known as the Visa on Arrival, the visa was extended from 30 days to 45 days in December 2020 to allow for the quarantine period. The visa is only available to passport holders from specified countries, so consult your Royal Thai Embassy for further details.
**UPDATED Nov. 18, 2021**
Fully vaccinated travellers applying for a Thailand Pass are more likely to get instant approval if they come from one of 30 countries, including:
As of Oct. 27, 2021, Thailand has recorded 1,859,157 cases of COVID-19. At least 18,799 have also died of the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The country has started seeing a decline in cases at the time of writing.
Beginning Nov. 1, all foreign tourists—including medical tourists—arriving in Thailand must meet several conditions to gain a permit to enter the country.
According to the Bureau of Risk Communication and Health Behavior Promotion of the Disease Control Department, the foreign tourist must:
Countries deemed “low risk” by the Thai government as of Oct. 27 include Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, the UK, the US and Hong Kong.
Travelers who are fully vaccinated but are not from countries deemed “low risk” by the Thai government are required to stay in SHA+hotels for a week in a “sandbox area.” This includes 17 provinces across Thailand, such as Phuket, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Krabi.
Foreign visitors who are unvaccinated or have yet to receive both COVID-19 vaccine doses are required to stay in ASQ hotels for 10 nights. They would also need to pass a COVID-19 test before they are given permission to travel domestically.
Children aged 11 and under who are travelling with their parents are not required to show proof of vaccination. However, children aged 12 and older would be asked to show a vaccine certificate and medical insurance upon arrival.
International travellers would need to apply for the Thailand Pass, which may take up to 7 days to process. Once the pass is approved, the traveller can enter the country through six international airports, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Samui and U-Tapao. Travellers entering the country via charter flights may enter through Buri Ram airport.
COVID-19 is a previously unknown variant of the coronavirus. It is highly infectious, and its origins are unknown, but the first reported cases were in Wuhan, a city in China, back in late 2019. Over the following months, cases of the virus were reported in other countries and by the beginning of Q2 2020; it was recognised as a global pandemic by WHO. Almost every country in the world has reported cases, with many now experiencing a “Third Wave”.
The symptoms of COVID-19 do vary, with many being asymptomatic, meaning that they do not display any symptoms. For those that have contract the virus, common symptoms include:
• A fever (a temperature above 38 degrees)
• A new dry and persistent cough
• Shortness of breath
• Changes to, or a loss of, taste and smell are also frequently reported
Other less common symptoms include sore throat, aches and pains, headaches, nasal congestion, rashes or discolouration of the skin, conjunctivitis and diarrhoea. Many of the symptoms will be mild, although they can quickly deteriorate.
COVID-19 is spread via droplets that contain the virus. These droplets can be released when an infected person exhales (breathes), coughs or sneezes. The droplets can remain on hard surfaces for several days. When these droplets enter another person’s body, whether that is via the nose, mouth or eyes, there is a high likelihood that they will contract the virus. People should, where possible, remain two metres apart and avoid enclosed spaces to reduce the chances of inhaling any droplets.
• All hard surfaces such as desks, phones and computers must be regularly cleaned using detergents or alcohol
• People should wash their hands up to their elbows using soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds
• Hands should NOT be dried on a fabric towel used by others; instead, paper towels or mechanical (electrical) hand dryers should be used
• Alcohol-based hand sanitiser gel should also be frequently used
• Face coverings should be worn when indoors or in other enclosed spaces
• Rooms should be well ventilated and, where possible, windows be left wide open
• Anyone displaying symptoms should be advised to stay at home, self-isolate and seek medical advice
• All employees, contractors, visitors, guests and customers should be briefed on your procedures
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