Thailand Reopens To Vaccinated Travellers From Nov 1. India On Sandbox List

Visitors from 10 low-risk countries including the U.S., China, Singapore, Germany and the U.K. will not be required to undergo isolation on arrival from Nov. 1, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha said in remarks prepared for an address to the nation on Monday. The list of travellers eligible for quarantine waiver will be further expanded from December, he said, adding the government will also consider allowing restaurants to resume the sale of alcohol from Dec 1.  

The 10 nations seen as low risk include the UK, China, Germany and the US.

India is on the sand box list for Thailand, meaning that vaccinated travellers can travel to Phuket. There is also a Samui Plus package that allows Indians to Samui. RT-PCR and other rules will still need to be followed.

Serum Institute of India’s (Covishield) is in the list of accepted vaccines that includes, among others, Pfizer and Moderna.

“All that visitors will need do is to show that they are COVID-free at their time of travel with an RT-PCR test undertaken before they leave their home country, and do a test in Thailand, after which they will be free to move around Thailand in the same way that any Thai citizen can do,” the Prime Minister said. 

The country has been recording more than 10,000 positive infections daily since July. It has fully vaccinated around 33% of its almost 70 million people. Half the population has received one dose.

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