Similar to the international travel policies of other countries, Thailand is the latest nation to announce that it will allow vaccinated foreigners access to part of its territory without having to undergo quarantine. However, it should be made clear that this development, for the time being, is part of a pilot project which will only grant access to the major tourist island of Phuket and will only begin in July- which should allow some travelers to start planning their summer holidays now.
According to Reuters, the country’s coronavirus task force authorized Phuket to accept vaccinated arrivals without them having to quarantine. This will begin on July 1st, after the island vaccinates 70% of its residents. Straits Times notes that this approval will see Phuket reopen three months earlier than the rest of the country. At this point in time, Thailand as a whole expects to reopen to fully vaccinated travelers in October.
Thailand, hoping to keep its hard-earned progress in lowering COVID-19 case counts, currently has strict entry requirements in place. This includes the presentation of a “certificate of entry,” a “fit-to-fly” certificate, health insurance, as well as undergoing a 15-day quarantine.
Thailand’s quarantine website notes that during quarantine, “two to three COVID-19 screening tests will be conducted on-property by a partner hospital, meals will be delivered directly to your room 3 times a day, but you will be limited from moving around the premises.