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Thailand fully open for tourism with a new 60-days travel VISA

Thailand is fully open to tourists from all countries since November 2020. PCR test and mandatory quarantine are required on arrival and all visitors must apply for a travel VISA.

Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand is a land of contrasts. From Bangkok’s skyscrapers and 24-hour traffic to temples and beautiful remote beaches.

Thailand Reopening – Latest Updates

December 5 – How safe is to visit Thailand now?

The CDC has classified Thailand as one the safest destinations to travel to as of now. With only 4,008 confirmed cases and 60 deaths, the country managed to flatten the curve back in May and now the level of community transmission is very much under control.

November 20 – Thailand open for tourism from all countries

The government has lifted all travel bans. Travelers must now apply for a 60-day travel VISA and undergo a 14-days quarantine on arrival. (Apply for VISA here)

If you are looking to stay longer, you can apply for a special tourist visa that will allow you to stay up to 90 days and can be extended twice (maximum 9 months).

New Travel VISA for Entering Thailand During COVID

November 12 – Flights to Phuket Start Resuming

Qatar airlines announced the reopening of 2 flights per week between Phuket and Doha starting on December 4th. (Source: Qatarairways.com)

November 3 – Phuket Ready to Open for Tourists

Phuket International Airport (Oct 31). Photo: PR Phuket

The Tourism Authority of Thailand announced a plan to reopen for tourism with the Phuket region. Visitors must observe the following rules

  • Visitors must fly directly to the Phuket region.
  • PCR test on arrival is required.
  • Visitors must stay in Phuket at least 30 days and they must stay in the quarantine for the first 14 days.
  • During the quarantine, they have to stay within the hotel’s premises ONLY. In order to leave a second PCR test will be required.
  • Phuket will be only opened to limited countries. It’s unclear which ones at the moment.

October 8

Thailand’s plan to start reopening Phuket to tourism on 1st of October was postponed again.

Thailand has reportedly launched a new long-term visa, aiming at long-staying visitors. As of October 8, tourists from low-risk countries will be able to visit for up to 9 months.

COVID-19 test requirements

Visitors are required to take a COVID-19 test before and after their quarantine. If they get negative results, they will be allowed to resume their trip.

Entry requirements

In order to be granted access to the country travelers must,

  • Fill out a health declaration
  • Wear a mask at all times during their journey
  • Wear wristbands that have GPS tracking systems
  • Quarantine at their hotel for 14 days

Impact of COVID-19 in Thailand

While Thailand is a success story when it comes to battling the virus, its economy has greatly suffered due to the pandemic.

Prior to Covid-19, Bangkok was the world’s top tourist destination among cities. In April, all flights into Thailand were banned. With tourism halted, it is estimated that up to 60% of hospitality-related businesses could close by year-end.

The IMF estimates that the economy as whole will shrink by about 8.5% and over 8 million Thais will lose their livelihood.

Why visit Thailand?

For those not into crowds, Thailand offers beautiful natural spaces. With 1,500 miles of coastline, there are beautiful beaches and great diving to be found here.

Others come for the history and culture. There are ruins dating to the ancient Siamese kingdom, and over 40,000 temples to explore.

One main attraction is the nightlife in places like Bangkok, Phuket, and Pattaya, ranked as the best places for LGBTQ tourists.

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Thailand is a top tourist destination. The country offers so much, from a bustling nightlife to serene beaches and flavorful foods rich with spices.

No wonder so many have it on the top of their bucket list when borders are open again.

Disclaimer: Travel rules and official government instructions are changing rapidly during the pandemic times and this article might NOT be up to date within a matter of hours. Therefore, you should always double-check the information with local authorities or your embassy in a given destination. Traveling Lifestyle does not take any responsibility for your decision to travel during pandemic.

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