A pilot arrival flight carrying 34 passengers safely arrived at Suvannabhumi International Airport at the early hours of this morning, November 1st, to commence the country reopening.
The first flight officially traveled from Narita Internation Airport, Japan, and arrived in Thailand as of 12:25 AM. More than 60 flights are scheduled to land at international airports nationwide on the first day of reopening, according to authorities from the Emergency Operation Center (EOC).
Under the new traveling rules, travelers are now categorized into three groups. The first group is fully vaccinated tourists from 63 “low risk” listed countries (the updated list of the countries, as of October 30th, can be found HERE). They must stay in either a SHA+ (Safety and Health Administration Plus) hotel or an Alternative Quarantine hotel for one night until they get their Covid-19 RT-PCR test result. Mandatory quarantine is not required for the low-risk groups.
If the result is negative, they can travel freely anywhere in Thailand, according to the authorities.
The second group is fully vaccinated tourists from all countries that are not on the list of 63 who visited the country under the Sandbox Program. They must stay in SHA+ hotels for seven nights within one of the 17 Blue Zone Sandbox destinations.
The Blue Zones now cover Bangkok, Krabi Chon Buri (Banglamung, Pattaya, Si Racha, Ko Si Chang, and Sattahip – Na Jomtien and Bang Sarey), Chiang Mai (Mueang, Doi Tao, Mae Rim, and Mae Taeng), Trat (Ko Chang), Buri Ram (Mueang), Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Nong Kae), Phang-Nga, Phetchaburi (Cha-Am), Phuket, Ranong (Ko Phayam), Rayong (Ko Samet), Loei (Chiang Khan), Samut Prakan (Suvarnabhumi Airport), Surat Thani (Ko Samu, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao), Nong Khai (Mueang, Sangkhom, Si Chiang Mai, and Tha Bo), Udon Thani (Mueang, Ban Dung, Kumphawapi, Na Yung, Nong Han, and Prachaksinlapakhom)
They can travel anywhere in Thailand after seven nights if they pass a second Covid-19 test on Day 6 or 7 of their stay. While in this initial 7 day period they are able to travel freely around the “blue” area but not elsewhere.
The third group is non-vaccinated or not fully vaccinated visitors. They are required to go through a mandatory quarantine program in the Blue Zones for 7 nights at a SHA+ hotel before they can travel to other parts of Thailand. They must stay at the hotel during this period.
Upon arrival, all passengers will be screened by international disease control officers before being divided into 2 lines; for the Certificate of Entry (CoE) applicants and for the Thailand Pass system applicants by scanning the QR Code.
Thailand Pass, introduced on November 1st at 9:00 AM. (local time) to replace the CoE is now required for all incoming passengers and must be applied before arriving. Travelers need to submit required documents including a copy of passport, a vaccination certificate, and medical insurance with minimum coverage of 50,000 USD (or about 1.6 million baht).
The registration can be done at https://tp.consular.go.th/. Travelers will receive a QR Code for checking in at Thailand’s International Airports when confirming the approval. TPN media notes multiple reports of technical difficulties on the first day of official launch from our readers.
During their stay, visitors must record their negative RT-CPR results in the mobile MorChana application while strictly practicing guidelines announced by the provincial authorities of their destination and the D-M-H-T-T-A precautions (D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, T – Testing for COVID-19, and A – alert application).
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