Thailand Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha announced that Covid-19 curbs in most parts of the kingdom have been eased from 1 November 2021.
The announcement comes to facilitate the wider country’s reopening to vaccinated visitors from around the world.
The Thai Govt has also adjusted color-zoning for different provinces and further relaxed COVID-19 controls up and down the country, particularly in the 4 ‘Blue Zone’ provinces – Bangkok, Krabi, Phang-Nga, and Phuket.
This means that the night-time curfew currently in place in Bangkok will be lifted from 23.00 Hrs. on 31 October 2021.
Thailand Eases Covid-19 Curbs
Moreover, starting from 1 November 2021, most businesses and activities in the 4 Blue Zone provinces will be able to resume “New Normal” operations.
These include all shopping venues, convenience stores, markets, cinemas and theatres, sports venues, hair salons and barbershops, massage and spa shops, beauty and aesthetic clinics, and tattoo shops.
Restaurants and eateries can also resume normal opening hours, and be allowed to serve dine-in customers alcoholic beverages. Meetings, events, and fairs can be also held normally with no limitation on the number of attendees.
Quarantine Free Travel For Vaccinated Travelers
It must be noted that the country is ending quarantine for vaccinated visitors from more than 60 countries. Starting Monday, fully-vaccinated travelers flying in from the U.S., China, Singapore, Japan, India, and most of Europe will be able to freely tour Thailand after testing negative for Covid on arrival.
It is the boldest step Thailand has taken to welcome back a slice of the nearly 40 million visitors it hosted the year before the pandemic and is billed as a “fight to win foreign tourists” as countries from Australia to the U.K. also loosen Covid curbs.
Thailand Blue Zone Destinations
Thailand has added 4 (newly designated) Pilot Tourist Destinations or blue zone provinces namely Central Region: Bangkok; and Southern Region: Krabi, Phang-Nga, and Phuket, as well as the designated areas in 13 other provinces.
Notably, the Blue Zone destinations are free from Covid-19 curbs, there will be no night curfew, and almost everything is completely open at such destinations.
Blue Zone Sandbox (from 1 November 2021)
- Chon Buri (Banglamung, Pattaya, Si Racha, Ko Si Chang, and Sattahip-Na Jomtien and Bang Sarey)
- Chiang Mai (Mueang, Doi Tao, Mae Rim, and Mae Taeng,)
- Trat (Ko Chang)
- Buri Ram (Mueang)
- Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Nong Kae)
- Phetchaburi (Cha-Am)
- Ranong (Ko Phayam)
- Rayong (Ko Samet)
- Loei (Chiang Khan)
- Samut Prakan (Suvarnabhumi Airport)
- Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao)
- Nong Khai (Mueang, Sangkhom, Si Chiang Mai, and Tha Bo)
- Udon Thani (Mueang, Ban Dung, Kumphawapi, Na Yung, Nong Han, and Prachaksinlapakhom)
List of Countries Permitted To Enter Thailand
The Govt of Thailand on Saturday issued a notification and approve the list of countries and territories permitted to enter the Kingdom of Thailand for individuals under category (13) -Individuals who have been granted permission to enter the Kingdom of Thailand for the benefit of the economy.
List of Countries/Territories according to the Notification of the Operation Centre for Measures on the Entry into and Departure from the Kingdom, and Protection of Thai Nationals Abroad;
|S. No.||Country||S. No.||Country|
|14||The Czech Republic||46||Portugal|
|19||Germany||51||The Slovak Republic|
|26||Israel||58||United Arab Emirates|
|28||Japan||60||The United States|