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The tropical paradise that is Thailand seduces visitors with its sparkling temples, endless paddy fields and mouth-watering cuisine. A curious mix of the old and the new, this is a country where the bustling streets of the city give way to gold-painted Buddhist monasteries.

Is it safe travelling to Thailand after COVID-19?

Given the current climate and our understanding of the coronavirus, it is advisable to not travel to Thailand. Though the Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha has announced that Thailand will open its borders to international travelers by the end of August, you should at least reconsider your travel dates. The number of new coronavirus cases has seen a steady decline and after millions of tests done, Thailand has started to signal its pathway to recovery.

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Thailand Travel Restrictions Post COVID-19

Thailand entered the third phase of lockdown on June 1 and hopes to open up the country fully by August end.

Thailand has successfully started reopening their economy from the 1st week of May. They have, at the moment, made all ‘economic and daily life activities’ functional with continuous reassessment. They aim to open the economy by June end and open international borders by July.

What are the quarantine rules and restrictions for international travelers coming to Thailand?

There will be a compulsory 14 day quarantine period whether people test positive or not.

Updates on Travel Restriction in Thailand

Current Measures
  • Domestic travel Domestic travel opened in the country with 5 airports on May 1, with successfully opening almost all its domestic airports by the 1st week of June. 

  • International Travel International borders closed for all non-essential travelers until August end.

Find More on Government Website

Entry and Exit

In response to the threat that COVID-19 poses, most foreign nationals are denied entry into the country except in certain exceptional cases. However, this is set to change from July 1.

Local Transport
  • Domestic flights have resumed at limited capacity.
  • International flights are still limited to essential travellers, government officials and repatriated citizens.
  • Airlines are running at limited frequency and capacity. Strict measures have been employed at the airports as well as on board the flights to ensure the safety of passengers and the crew.
  • Quarantine rules still apply to all incoming international passengers.

Where to go in Thailand

From turquoise beaches and white sand islands to sea blue mountains and rugged limestone cliffs, Thailand boasts a surprisingly dynamic topography. With a dramatic coastline that pays homage to over 1000 islands, there is no dearth of adventure here. Visit Koh Samui for its extravagant beach clubs, Koh Tao for a bout of scuba diving and Phuket for its cosmopolitan atmosphere.

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  • Nong Kwai
  • Hin Lek Fai
  • Laem Chabang
  • Suan Phueng
  • Bangkok
  • Wichit
  • Mai Khao
  • Bang Sare
  • Chiang Mai
  • Bang Mueang Mai
  • Pattaya City
  • Khao Phang
  • Na Chom Thian
  • Phuket

Things to do in Thailand

The historic city of Chiang Mai in the northern uplands, the coastal stretch that envelopes Ko Pha Ngan - a beautiful island frequented by backpackers and the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai are all worth a visit. Watch out for whale sharks at Koh Tao, meditate at a Buddhist monastery, or indulge in the delicious Thai cuisine - you will never run out of things to do in Thailand.

New Rules and Reopening of Tourist Attractions in Thailand

One should visit Thailand for its charming cities as much as for its tranquil villages. The bustling capital city of Bangkok holds just as much allure as the riverside village of Pai. Marvel at the beautiful architecture of Grand Palace, sail along Phang Nga Bay and discover the one-of-a-kind limestone cliffs and shop for a few tropical fruits at one of the floating markets.

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Khao Sok National Park
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Phuket Zoo

Away from the Crowd

Once you move away from the thriving city life, you will notice the high-rises quietly giving way to sleepy villages and never-ending paddy fields. It is here that one will discover the fishing village of Koh Jum, the agricultural village of Isan and a sleepy little province - Nan - where one can witness the famous pink blossoms of Thailand.

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    Post COVID Travel Essentials for Thailand

    You must be wondering about what measures and safety guidelines to follow before and during your trip. This section takes you through everything you need to know to plan a safe trip, including visa and passport essentials, travel insurance, what to pack, etc.

    Packing Essentials
    • N-95 masks N95 mask is a global-standard respirator mask that is made from polypropylene and can filter out at least 95% of very small (0.3 micron) particles. N95 masks are also capable of filtering out all types of pathogens, including bacteria and viruses. With mandatory use of masks across airports and all forms of social interactions, it's mandatory that you carry at least 2 masks with yourself.

    • Gloves Non-sterile patient examination gloves, which are routinely used in healthcare settings, are appropriate for keeping your hands from getting contaminated. Remember to carry a bunch due to their disposable nature.

    • Hand sanitizer Hand sanitizers sold in pharmacies typically have an alcohol concentration of around 60%. It has been observed that hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol concentration work effectively and can inactive the novel coronavirus. Though most attractions are reopening with sanitisation stations, it's only beneficial to carry your own in case you run into an emergency.

    • Portable charger We all understand the value of staying connected in these times. As travel in the post COVID world moves towards a more contact-free and digital experience, it’s important that you always carry a portable charger when you travel.

    • Digital thermometer & first-aid kit You can prevent unnecessary trips to the hospital if you carry a first-aid kit with yourself. Take a digital thermometer along as they’re durable and you can keep a regular check on your body temperature.

    • Extra clothes Carry an extra pair of clothes with you that you wear only at the airports or other places with heavy footfall while traveling. While catching the air-borne virus can be prevented by wearing masks and social distancing, carrying an extra pair of clothes just minimises the risk that much further.

    • Ziplock bags Use zip lock bags to isolate pieces of clothing or items that you will not be using again. This will prevent any possibility of cross-contamination.

    Health & Hygiene
    • Wash your hands frequently Wash your hands with soap regularly and thoroughly to remove pathogens. You can also use alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol to kill bacteria and viruses.

    • Maintain distance and avoid close contact (6 feet or 2 arms length) Maintain at least 6feet distance between yourself and others. When someone coughs or sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus.

    • Always wear a mask in public Since COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and is air-borne, wear a mask, coupled with social distancing to prevent getting infected and/or spreading it to others.

    • Clean and disinfect surfaces Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant. Cleaning with soap and water reduces the number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.

    Travel/Health Insurance

    Travel insurance is now going to become even more important than it was. Whether it’s regarding flight cancellations or medical emergencies, insurance while traveling is going to play a major part in our travel planning and expenses. There are 5 major types of insurances available for you to consider:

    • Trip Cancellation These insurances cover you if you were to cancel your trip due to unforeseen events such as illness, injury, or death suffered by the insured or a member of the insured’s immediate family. Some policies however exclude trip cancellation in the event of war or civil disturbance.

    • Flight Delay/Cancellation Flight delay/cancellation insurance pays for new travel arrangements/flight tickets and in some cases, accommodations and meals. This depends on your provider so read your policy carefully.

    • Medical Insurance Medical insurance covers the cost of transportation in case of emergency medical evacuation, due to injury or sickness. Some medical insurances also cover COVID-19 infections should you get infected after the effective policy date.

    You may sometimes end up having to pay up front for your medical services, which will then be reimbursed by your insurance company. In other cases, the insurance company will provide “proof of direct payment” to the healthcare provider.

    • Baggage Loss Baggage loss insures you in case your luggage is lost, delayed, or stolen. It sometimes includes a cash payment if your bags are delayed for more than 12/24 hours after you arrive at your destination.

    • Travel Document Protection Travel document protection insurance covers you so that you can replace a lost passport or other travel documents.

    What to do in an Emergency

    Seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms:

    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • Troubled breathing
    • New confusion
    • Inability to wake or stay awake
    • Bluish lips or face

    If you think you have been exposed to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) or have any of the symptoms mentioned above, seek medical attention immediately.

    Virtually Experience the Best Destinations in Thailand

    Just because we’re staying home doesn’t mean we’ve lost our wanderlust. Join online experiences, from interactive cooking classes to livestream walking tours, no matter where you are in the world.

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    • Siam Niramit
    • SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World
    • Cartoon Network Amazone
    • Chiang Mai Night Safari
    • Khao Sok National Park

    Post COVID International Travel

    The word is reopening again. Pockets of movement and travel bubbles have begun to pop up. While the cautious may stick to their own shores and travel domestically, international travel looks to be slowly recovering. In our extensive report linked below, you can learn about each country’s international travel policies, their current status with regards to COVID-19 numbers and the travel regulations in place.

    The report also looks at 500+ major tourist attractions around the world and regularly updates their opening dates and rules of visiting in real-time. We also take a close look at how COVID-19 will impact the way we make our travel plans - picking destinations, choosing the right time to visit, packing essentials and more. Click on a link to read more.

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