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Thailand travel rules: Can I go on holiday there and what tests do I need?

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As of 11 October, Thailand is now not on the UK’s crimson record for worldwide journey.

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Which means that travellers coming into Britain from Thailand now not should quarantine for 11 nights in a government-mandated resort, at a price of hundreds per particular person – making a vacation there a way more interesting prospect, simply in time for winter.

However is Thailand letting UK travellers in?

Right here’s what we all know thus far.

Can UK arrivals enter Thailand?

Sure – however there are strings connected.

If you wish to journey to Thailand, you could apply for permission to journey by way of the Royal Thai Authorities’s on-line platform.

Most travellers to Thailand, together with British nationals travelling from the UK, are required to finish 14 days’ quarantine at a State Quarantine or Different State Quarantine (ASQ) facility. Whereas in ASQ, you’ll usually not be allowed to depart your room aside from medical therapy or Covid-19 assessments, in accordance with the Overseas Workplace recommendation.

Nonetheless, in some areas of Thailand it’s potential to finish some or all the quarantine interval with out being restricted to an ASQ facility. Schemes embrace the Phuket Sandbox, which permits absolutely vaccinated Brits to swerve quarantine when staying Phuket. They have to keep on the island for no less than seven nights and can then be allowed to go to different locations in Thailand.

Restrictions will additional ease subsequent month; Thailand will finish quarantine necessities for absolutely vaccinated vacationers from no less than 10 low-risk locations from 1 November, officers have stated.

The record of countries allowed in consists of the UK, in addition to China, Singapore, Germany and the US.

When vacationers from the international locations are permitted to reach, “they need to current a [negative] Covid check… and check as soon as once more upon arrival”, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha stated.

If the second check can be detrimental, any customer from these international locations will have the ability to “journey freely like Thais”.

Are flights and holidays working to Thailand?

Sure – flights and holidays are nonetheless working, although at a diminished price.

For instance, British Airways is promoting flight and resort packages departing this month. Seven nights in Phuket staying on the Amari will at the moment set you again £941, together with return flights from London Heathrow, departing 23 October.

Thai Airways is providing direct flights from London to Phuket; KLM, Swiss and Singapore Airways all have connecting flights to Bangkok.

As of 11 October, the Overseas Workplace has additionally eliminated its recommendation towards all however important journey to the nation, so British travellers shouldn’t have any drawback getting a legitimate journey insurance coverage coverage to cowl their journeys.

What’s are the Covid restrictions like on the bottom?

You’ll be required to put on a face masks and comply with different public well being measures when utilizing public transport, together with planes, trains, buses and taxis. In some provinces, public transport could cease sooner than regular or have much less capability than regular.

Home flights out and in of provinces categorised as darkish crimson, together with Bangkok, are at the moment prohibited.

Till additional discover you could put on a masks in all indoor and outside public areas in Thailand and in automobiles if you’re with others. If you don’t put on a masks you might have to pay a high-quality.

The Thai authorities additionally advises that you need to keep away from pointless journey and crowded locations, and scan the ‘Thai Chana’ QR code the place obtainable.

Quite a few illness management measures at nationwide and native ranges are additionally in place. These embrace a color ranking for every of Thailand’s 76 provinces primarily based on the variety of Covid-19 circumstances. Restrictions in every province and for motion between provinces depend upon the color ranking and any further native guidelines, they usually could change at any time.

Thailand won’t open leisure venues or serve alcohol till 1 December – and several other provinces together with the capital Bangkok nonetheless have a 9pm-4am curfew.

What about coming again to the UK?

Since Thailand is now off the crimson record, and on the symbolic ROW (“remainder of world”) record, absolutely vaccinated UK travellers solely have to ebook a day two PCR check for his or her return, taking it and sending it off for outcomes throughout the two days after touchdown.

Unvaccinated travellers or those that have solely had one jab might want to self-isolate for 10 days on return, plus take an extra PCR check on day eight of quarantine.

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