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Thailand is finally reopening to vaccinated travellers

Visitors from 10 ‘low risk’ countries including the UK and USA will be allowed in from November 1

Huw Oliver
Sophie Dickinson
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Huw Oliver
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Sophie Dickinson
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We could all do with a sun-splashed adventure after the horror of the 18 months – and now it looks as though you might be able to relax in an island paradise actually quite soon. Thailand is finally reopening to tourists from the UK and USA, meaning a trip to Bangkok or Phuket will be possible from November 1. 

Vaccinated travellers will be able to visit the country without having to quarantine. Arrivals from ten ‘low risk’ countries – including the UK, USA, China, Germany and Singapore – will simply have to present a negative test on arrival, then take another on day two. 

More nationalities will likely be allowed to enter from December 1, too, so it’s worth keeping an eye on restrictions if you’re not permitted to travel just yet.

Previously, a ‘sandbox scheme’ meant that tourists could visit certain islands, but only if they took a series of tests and stayed in particular hotels. The new restrictions are much looser, although Covid restrictions are still in place. In Bangkok, a curfew means the city’s once-hallowed nightlife scene has been subdued somewhat.

Under the country’s current ‘visa exemption’ scheme, travellers from the UK, USA, Australia, Canada and elsewhere can stay for up to 45 days without a visa. 

If you’re from a country not on the list, or simply looking to stay longer, a ‘special tourist visa’ that lasts up to 60 days will also be available. This can be extended twice, to a maximum of just under nine months.

All travellers must provide a negative test result from within 48 hours of arrival, as well as evidence of medical and travel insurance that will cover Covid-19 for at least the length of your stay.

So if you’re looking for your fix of street food and tropical islands, Thailand could be back on the agenda. Here are seven reasons why Thailand should be on your 2021 travel list.

Rethinking how you travel post-pandemic? Here are 12 ways to be a better tourist.

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