Thailand is opening up its borders - find out what you need to know!
Posted on 12th October 2021 at 17:25
The magical land of smiles is opening up to UK travellers. Here's what you need to know!
Thailand has been a favourite for UK travellers for decades, and now, it is opening up again.
Thailand plans to end Covid quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers from at least 10 low-risk nations from 1 November, officials say.
The 10 nations seen as low risk include the UK, China, Germany and the US.
It has fully vaccinated around 33% of its almost 70 million people. Half the population has received one dose.
The Thai government also said it would also allow entertainment venues to reopen on 1 December and permit alcohol sales.
The entry process for UK travellers is that they should present a negative Covid test, (presumably taken in the 72 hours before arrival) and test once again upon arrival.
If the second test is also negative, any visitor from from those countries "can travel freely like Thais", the prime minister said.
It is estimated that Thailand - popular for its sandy beaches and non-stop nightlife - lost about $50bn (£37bn) in tourism revenue in 2020.
The economy suffered its deepest contraction in more than two decades as a result of the pandemic.
Thailand is on the UK Governments "GO" list, which means that fully vaccinated travellers do not need to take a "fit-to-fly" to return.
By the end of October 2021, the "Day 2" PCR tests will be replaced by cheaper and simpler Lateral Flow Tests (LFT's), and as long as that test is negative, there is no need to isolate.
Just over 70,000 visitors came into the country in the first eight months of this year, compared with 40 million in the whole of 2019.
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