Thailand is expected to roll out ‘vaccine passports’ this month, but this would only allow those who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 to reduce their required quarantine from 14 days to 7 days.
Two popular resort areas are planning to re-open fully to vaccinated tourists by October, though: Phuket and Koh Samui.
- Phuket businesses are funding a vaccination campaign to secure Sinovac doses for 70% of the destination’s adult population, without waiting for governments. Leaders expect this to allow the Thai government to approve a full waiver of quarantine for visitors arriving at their international airport, provided they do not travel the country.
Westin Siray Bay, Phuket
- Koh Samui, which has its own international airport as well, plans to welcome vaccinated travelers without quarantine starting in October, allowing tourists to travel to the nearby diving destination of Koh Tao and to Koh Phangan.
Conrad Koh Samui
Thailand has managed the Covid-19 pandemic well. Despite identifying early cases outside of China at the start of the pandemic, the country hasn’t seen significant virus activity and 90% of early cases were asymptomatic. There was an uptick in late December and into January totaling upwards of 800 confirmed cases a day in the country of 60 million, attributed to Thais who snuck across the border back into the country, circumventing the country’s testing and quarantine regime.
Thailand as a whole is anticipating doses for half its population by the end of 2021. Just don’t ask the Prime Minister when you might be able to travel to Bangkok.
WATCH: Thailand PM sprays sanitizer on members of the press to avoid answering their questions pic.twitter.com/41KmqvYNAc
— Reuters (@Reuters) March 14, 2021