Thailand Reopens to Vaccinated Travelers After Months of Strict COVID-19 Restrictions

Thailand has reopened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from 63 countries starting from Nov. 1, after 18 months of strict COVID-19 restrictions.

Travelers from the list of approved countries will need to present a certificate to show that they are fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before arrival, according to the updated travel requirements.

Travelers who meet the requirements will no longer be required to undergo a lengthy quarantine when they arrive in Thailand, but they will need to stay one night in a government-approved hotel while they await results of a COVID-19 test that will be administered upon their arrival.

Travelers will also need to have a COVID-19 insurance cover of at least $50,000.

Travelers under the age of 12 are exempted from the vaccination requirements.

Meanwhile, fully vaccinated travelers coming from countries not on the approved list can enter the Southeast Asian country through a “sandbox” scheme that requires them to stay for seven nights in one of the “blue zone” destinations.

Thai Hotels Association President Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi told CNN Travel that the easing of travel restrictions was “an important milestone” in the recovery process of the travel and tourism sector.

“There is now hope, not just for owners and operators, but for the employees as well,” Nunbhakdi said.

According to Nunbhakdi, the Thai government expects about 300,000 incoming travelers per month in November and December.

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