Bangkok open to all from November 1st (Photo : L. Citrinot) It
took the Thai government more than a year and a half to finally open Thailand to foreign visitors. An opening which is done by stages. It started last July. At this date, foreign travelers were again authorized to stay on the island of Phuket without quarantine. The constraints linked to what is called “the Phuket sandbox” did not convince, however. The island will have attracted less than 50,000 visitors over three and a half months, far from the million monthly tourists to which it was accustomed.
The authorities have obviously drawn the consequences. The opening of 17 Thai provinces, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chonburi (Pattaya), on November 1, brings many simplifications in formalities. Citizens of 42 countries can again come. Among them are most of the European Union countries (including France and Belgium) as well as Switzerland. Luxembourg is not included in the list for the moment.
The new rules apply to visitors who have stayed at least 21 days in one of the authorized countries before entering Thailand and only for arrivals by plane. A QR code is required as an entry certificate and will be available from November 1 at https://tp.consular.go.th/. This will allow the visa to be obtained.
More flexible measures
Thailand claims among other things
- A medical certificate certifying a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old or a Covid certificate of cure for any infected person less than three months old is required.
- A vaccination certificate proving full vaccination at least 14 days before departure. As well as a Covid insurance offering a coverage of 50 000 US$. It was previously 100 000 US$.
- Obligation to book a hotel room for at least one night. In order to observe a 24-hour quarantine and to know the result of a new PCR test upon arrival. This stay must be in an approved hotel.
- Travellers must install a tracking application during the stay.
If the visitor tests negative, he or she is free to move wherever he or she wishes in the reopened provinces. Next steps include the reopening of bars and nightclubs on December 1 and the opening of other provinces. Before a complete reopening of the kingdom on January 1, 2022.
This sudden acceleration takes shape in order to mitigate an unprecedented economic crisis in the country, highly dependent until 2019 on tourism. Several million people have lost their jobs as a result, and the prospects for an economic recovery still remain bleak. GDP may only grow in 2021 in a range of 0.7% to 1% against previous estimates of 4% earlier this year.
Thailand resumes donation
c leadership in terms of openness, going even faster than Singapore, the first country in South East Asia to have reopened its doors.
And in any case, the Kingdom is doing better than its neighbors. Cambodia, for example, announced its reopening on November 1st to tourists from all over the world. Except that this reopening is accompanied by a quarantine of 7 days for “normal” tourists, 3 days for business tourists and investors. One will desperately look for the medical argument for this difference. Just like Bali, which imposes a 5-day quarantine. And all this for duly vaccinated travellers…
I’m Michelle, and I love to travel. As a former hotel expert for one of the world’s largest hotel chains, I’ve stayed in nearly every type of room imaginable (including many that were not so desirable!). Nowadays, I am fortunate enough to be able to explore the world on my own terms. From international flights to learning different languages, there is nothing too far out of reach!