Thai government shortens curfew

The Prime Minister has ordered an end to curfews in 17 provinces, including Bangkok, from October 31, as part of the country’s reopening to fully vaccinated foreign tourists from November 1. The order, signed by General Prayut Chan-o-cha, was published in the “Royal Gazette” on Thursday evening. The curfew will therefore end at 11 pm on October 31 in the “Sandbox” provinces declared maximum and strict control zones promised to reopen. It is imposed since October 16 from 23:00 to 03:00 in the morning in the 23 provinces classified “dark red”. The 17 areas that will be spared are:

Bangkok Krabi
Chon Buri Chiang Mai
Trat Buri Ram
Prachuap Khiri Khan Phangnga - Phetchaburi
Phuket Ranong
Rayong Loei
Samut Prakan Surat Thani
Nong Khai Udon Thani

The number of people who can participate in public gatherings in the tourist reopening areas will be capped at 500. Entertainment venues in the tourism reopening provinces will remain closed, including pubs, bars and karaoke stores, but operators and officials may start preparing for their reopening, which will be allowed later.

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Here is the list of 46 countries classified by Thai authorities as “low risk”. Vaccinated travelers from these countries will be exempt from quarantine upon arrival as of November 1, 2021:

Australia Austria Bahrain
Belgium Bhutan Brunei
Bulgaria Cambodia Canada
Chile China Cyprus
Czech Republic Denmark Finland
France Czech Republic Germany
Greece Hong Kong Hungary
Iceland Ireland Israel
Italy Japan Latvia
Lithuania Malaysia Malta
Netherlands New Zealand Norway
Poland Portugal Qatar
Saudi Arabia Singapore Portugal
Slovenia Spain Sweden
Switzerland United Arab Emirates United Kingdom
United States

Visitors from other fully vaccinated countries will also be allowed in, but only under the sandbox program, now operating in 17 provinces. Before they can travel to other parts of the country, they will have to stay in quarantine for a full week

Tourists who are not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated will now have to stay in quarantine in a hotel for 10 days.

What are the conditions for exemption from quarantine?

The Thai government has defined 7 conditions to be eligible for quarantine exemption on arrival as of November 1, 2021:

1. Foreign visitors must arrive by air and come from a country classified as “low risk”, by the Thai Ministry of Public Health, where he/she has stayed for at least 21 consecutive days before entering Thailand.

2. Have a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 showing a completed regimen using a recognized product (AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, CoronaVac, Covishield, Sinopharm, Sputnik V and Johnson & Johnson single dose).

3. Have a negative PCR test result performed within 72 hours before departure from the country of origin.

4. Proof of health insurance with a coverage of at least 50.000 US$ for Covid-19.

5. Have proof of hotel reservation for AQ or SHA+ (at least one night to await receipt of the test result upon arrival) from which the cost of the PCR test upon arrival and an antigenic self-test kit (ATK) must be paid.

6. Travelers should download the MorChana app (App Store | Google Play Store).

7. If the result of the test on arrival is negative, visitors can continue their trip to Thailand and visit the country’s 77 provinces without further quarantine.

schemes for entering thailand

In addition to the electronic visa (e-Visa) necessary for travelers who do not wish to benefit from the visa waiver, which has been reduced to 30 days since the beginning of October, the famous “Certificate Of Entry (COE)” will soon be (partially) discarded and replaced by the “Thailand Pass“. As stated by the Thai government on its social networks, “in line with the “ease of travel” policy, the “Thailand Pass” system will be adopted to replace the majority of the Certificate of Entry (COE) process after the reopening of the country to travelers from low-risk countries on November 1″.

According to Thai authorities, the “Thailand Pass” system aims to “facilitate entry into Thailand by shortening the process of submitting information and uploading travel documents. The Thailand Pass will require travelers to fill out the T8 health form and the TM6 immigration form, and then upload their vaccination certificate.

The Department of Disease Control (DDC) will then be responsible for verifying the vaccination certificates and giving approval via the system, in the back office, within 1 to 3 days after registration.” Travelers will then be able to immediately download the QR code from the “Thailand Pass” after receiving the DDC approval. They will be asked to present this QR code along with the negative PCR test result issued 72 hours prior to departure. No other documents should be required. The “Thailand Pass” system is expected to be launched on November 1, 2021, on the (currently non-functional) website:, with some exceptions, as a WCC will still be required for certain groups of travelers, such as Alternative Hospital Quarantine (AHQ) arrivals, travelers entering through land borders, and travelers entering Thailand on yachts and cruise ships.

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