Announced on October 21st, Thailand will be lifting quarantine restrictions for travelers from more than 40 countries who have been fully vaccinated on November 1st — even though less than half its population has been completely inoculated.
Travellers are welcome to choose from the 17 ‘Blue Zone’ destinations, up from currently 4 ‘Sandbox’ destinations, for their first 7-night mandatory stay within the destination before being able to move on to other parts of Thailand.
Fully-vaccinated travelers flying in from the U.S., China, Singapore, Japan, India, and most of Europe will be able to freely tour Thailand’s sandy beaches, temples, and tropical islands after testing negative for Covid on arrival.
Inoculated visitors from countries not on the list can travel to Bangkok and 16 other regions, but they will be confined to their initial destination for the first seven days before being allowed to travel elsewhere.
This comes after the successful Phuket Sandbox experiment that allowed vaccinated visitors to travel to other parts of the country after a limited stay on the resort island. Almost 60,000 tourists have visited the country since the plan started in July.
However, do note that as of October 27, only about 42% of Thailand’s population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In comparison, Malaysia has more than 75% of its population fully inoculated against COVID-19.
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