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    Thailand quarantine and entry conditions

    So the Post have reported this, which in summary says: (VC=Vaccination Certificate; CFC = Covid Free Certificate)


    From 01APR21 to 30SEP21

    If you don't have a VC and CFC - 10 days quarantine and two tests (I assume that means if you don't have either)

    If you have VC AND CFC - 7 days quarantine and one test (two tests if you don't have the CFC)

    BUT.... 14 Days quarantine will remain for countries they have yet to specify.

    That's my interpretation of the translation, so don't take it as fact. Once it gets published officially, it should be added here.

    Quarantine to be eased from April 1

    The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Friday resolved to gradually relax Covid-19 controls for foreign arrivals beginning on April 1, shortening or lifting quarantine periods and increasing the range of activities allowed them.

    CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said that from April 1 visitors would not be required to show a fit-to-fly document.

    From April 1 to Sept 30, quarantine facilities of various forms would remain operative.

    From Oct 1 on they would be replaced with "close observation" devices and "bubble and seal" measures would be imposed at airports, transport routes, tourist destinations and communities near tourist destinations.

    From April 1 to June 30, qarantined arrivals would be allowed to leave their rooms to go to a gymnasium, outdoor exercise area, swimming pool and controlled areas for cycling and outside shopping.

    From July 1 to Sept 30, they would be able to eat in restaurants at their hotels and have health massages.

    From Oct 1 onwards, quarantine would be required only for people arriving from specified areas.

    On the issue of quarantine duration, Dr Taweesilp said, from April 1 to Sept 30, arrivals without a vaccination certificate (VC) and Covid-19 free certificate (CFC) would be quarantined for 10 days, and be tested for the disease twice.

    Arrivals with VCs and CFCs would be quarantined for seven days and tested once. Those with VCs but without CFCs would be tested twice.

    The 14-day quarantine period would remain for arrivals from areas where the Covid-19 virus has mutated, which is of global concern, Dr Taweesilp said.
    Quarantine to be eased from April 1
    Last edited by harrybarracuda; 19-03-2021 at 09:16 PM.

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    Obvious big questions:

    - Which countries will still require 14 days?
    - What do they accept as a "vaccination certificate"?
    - When will this information be available? (Probably September 31st).

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    CFC = Covid Free Certificate, Harry. The wording is retarded but they mean without VC but with CFC.

    It’s just the negative PCR covid test, no fit to fly needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick View Post
    CFC = Covid Free Certificate, Harry. The wording is retarded but they mean without VC but with CFC.

    It’s just the negative PCR covid test, no fit to fly needed.
    Well I've stuck my neck out and booked a flight for mid-April. Fortunately had a ton of miles I need to use up so it didn't cost much, and valid for a year.

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    Thank you mods.

    Obviously there will be a rash of rumours about what you need, don't need, etc. but let's try and keep it as factual as possible.

    There is a list of "semi-commercial" flights here but I don't know if it's up to date and I would imagine it will change drastically if this goes forward.

    list of semi-com flight - Google Sheets

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Well I've stuck my neck out and booked a flight for mid-April. Fortunately had a ton of miles I need to use up so it didn't cost much, and valid for a year.
    Either way you’ll need a negative test for the airlines taken max 72 hours before boarding, so wether Thailand requires it or not, you’ll still need one. At least I did with Emirates and Qatar and the others I can’t remember.

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    We are packing as we speak.
    Wife said that even if we are forced to do the 10 days we will do it, because she is afraid, and I agree, that there is a danger that when tourists start arriving , they might bring the new variant with them, and that they might go back to 14/16 days again.
    The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.

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    Shitvisa dot comís ASQ hotel site is one of the better ones Iíve seen with functional filters.

    All 134 ASQ Hotels in Bangkok

    And they have apparently got a covid ďinsuranceĒ company on their site thatís pretty cheap. Never used it tho.

    Itinerary Detail : Gain Peace of Mind Get Online Coverage : Thai General Insurance Association

    I did get a throwaway policy through this place before and it worked.

    Mister Prakan : Compare and Save on Insurance in Thailand

    And probably the most important site to get familiar with, the COE application/instruction page. Likely the correct and up to date requirements will be first updated here:

    ระบบลงทะเบียนคนไทยที่จะเดินทางกลับเข้าประเทศ

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    There is a list of "semi-commercial" flights here but I don't know if it's up to date and I would imagine it will change drastically if this goes forward.

    list of semi-com flight - Google Sheets
    For those who donít know or who have never flown with them.

    Qatar Airlines: Book Flights & Travel the World | Qatar Airways

    I think they makes flights into BKK (from Doha) almost every day.: Access Denied

    For those in the US. Qatar flyís into New York and Miami (one stop in Doha from/to BKK).

    Girlfriend flew into Miami last week from BKK making one stop in Doha. She enjoyed the flight.
    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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    I think I'm going to leave it for the formal announcements, wait a couple of days and then go and talk to the embassy.

    A mate of mine has done the visa based on dependents and said the embassy were absolutely brilliant at helping him ... get his ducks in a row.


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    I think I'm going to leave it for the formal announcements, wait a couple of days and then go and talk to the embassy.

    A mate of mine has done the visa based on dependents and said the embassy were absolutely brilliant at helping him ... get his ducks in a row.

    The way it was explained to me by wife is that, even though it has been proposed and yesterday approved. It still has to be signed into law by the king, once it is signed into law it is published in the royal gazette . So that's what we need to keep an eye on.
    As I said , I don't independently know any of the above, that's what I was told.

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    Some of the ASQ pages on bookface are already selling 10 day quarantine packages.

    Looks like going from 15 days to 11 days will drop the price around 8k on the lower end packages.

    ASQ Thailand - New Package...10 Days Quarantine Royal... | Facebook

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    The way it was explained to me by wife is that, even though it has been proposed and yesterday approved. It still has to be signed into law by the king, once it is signed into law it is published in the royal gazette . So that's what we need to keep an eye on.
    As I said , I don't independently know any of the above, that's what I was told.
    No, that seems the be the consensus. Plus then all the embassies have to be notified.

    I'm not taking any chance of doing visa exemption, I'll get a visa through my local embassy.

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    So there is an update in the Post today.

    Thailand quarantine and entry conditions-3925207-jpg

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    There's not much new apart from the pretty picture.

    State quarantine for both Thai and foreign arrivals will be shortened to 10 days from 14 starting April 1, as part of the government's ambitious plan to reopen the country from Oct 1.

    The plan is part of a three-stage roadmap to relax Covid-19 measures.


    Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said yesterday from April 1 to Sept 30, arrivals without a vaccination certificate (VC) and Covid-19 free certificate (CFC) would be quarantined for 10 days, and be tested for the disease twice.


    Arrivals with complete 14-day VCs and CFCs would be quarantined for seven days and tested once. Those with VCs but without CFCs would be tested twice.

    The 14-day quarantine period would remain in places for arrivals from countries where the Covid-19 virus has mutated, which is a global concern, Dr Taweesilp said.

    From Oct 1, quarantine will not be required for some areas in the country under the condition that that over 70% of health workers in the area have been vaccinated and people who are likely to be in contact with at-risk people have received the vaccine. Initially, arrivals to those areas must come from low-risk countries.


    Dr Taweesilp said the CCSA yesterday approved the three-stage roadmap covering zoning, vaccination and quarantine, aimed at returning the country to normalcy from Oct 1.


    The CCSA also agreed to extend the emergency decree for two more months to the end of May.


    For the zoning roadmap, from April 1 to June 30, Samut Sakhon province, which is now categorised as a maximum and strict control area or "red zone" will be changed to a control area, known as an "orange zone".


    Currently, there are eight orange zone provinces. They are Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Samut Songkhram, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Tak, and Ratchaburi.


    Most provinces, or 54 in the country, are now under surveillance or "green zones" where most businesses are allowed to operate as normal but with limits on how many people can gather.


    In the second stage which covers the period from July 1 to Sept 30, all provinces in the country should return to the "new normal", meaning that some activities would may be still restricted and social-distancing rules will remain.


    For vaccinations, from April 1 to June 30, two million Covid-19 vaccine doses of Sinovac are due to arrive in the country.


    Vaccinations will be given to healthcare workers, people with congenital diseases, people aged 60 years and over, and disease control staff who are likely to be in contact with Covid-19 patients.


    Some 26 million vaccine doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are scheduled to arrive to Thailand in the second stage of July 1 to Sept 30.


    The jabs will be given to people in the tourism sector, people who travel frequently such as pilots; cabin crew and businessmen, the general public, diplomats and workers in industrial and service sectors.


    In addition, 35 million more doses are to arrive in the third stage which begins on Oct 1.


    From April 1 to June 30, people in quarantine will be allowed to exercise in fitness rooms and outdoors, swim, cycle in closed areas and buy food from outside. From Oct 1 (the third stage), inbound travellers are required to have only documentation of their Covid-19 negative status with them.
    Quarantine cut from April

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    I notice that it says

    "Foreign and Thai arrivals whose VC is more than 14 days old * and less than three months could be required only 7-day quarantine"
    * You are not considered fully vaccinated until 14 days after your second dose; I haven't seen anything similar about single-dose vaccines yet.

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    So there is an update in the Post today.
    according to the screenshot, it would seem that expats will be vaccinated between july 1st and sept 30th, before the october vaccination rollout for thais.

    a misprint surely?

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    according to the screenshot, it would seem that expats will be vaccinated between july 1st and sept 30th, before the october vaccination rollout for thais.

    a misprint surely?
    It depends what they mean by "expats" I suppose.

    That might only mean people on work permits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    I notice that it says



    * You are not considered fully vaccinated until 14 days after your second dose; I haven't seen anything similar about single-dose vaccines yet.
    That's my concern.
    We are planning to come at the end of April. I get my second shot April 2 , so I will be ok, but wife has not even got her first shot yet. As soon as her age group becomes eligible, (next couple of weeks we hope) we will try to get the J&J vaccine that is a one shot deal. but we are not sure if the J&J vaccine will be in the approved vaccine list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    That's my concern.
    We are planning to come at the end of April. I get my second shot April 2 , so I will be ok, but wife has not even got her first shot yet. As soon as her age group becomes eligible, (next couple of weeks we hope) we will try to get the J&J vaccine that is a one shot deal. but we are not sure if the J&J vaccine will be in the approved vaccine list.

    At this point we don't know if any of the vaccines will be in the "approved list".

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    At this point we don't know if
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    The 14-day quarantine period would remain for arrivals from areas where the Covid-19 virus has mutated, which is of global concern, Dr Taweesilp said.
    Or how the authorities will slice up the "mutation carrying areas". By countries, provinces, cities, the individuals past 3 months travel history, Thai citizens v foreign nationals ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Or how the authorities will slice up the "mutation carrying areas". By countries, provinces, cities, the individuals past 3 months travel history, Thai citizens v foreign nationals ....
    There will certainly be some sort of profit motive schemes behind any forthcoming policies and practices, regardless -

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    There will certainly be some sort of profit motive schemes behind any forthcoming policies and practices, regardless -
    Nice attitude.

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    I'm just glad i stayed here, what a pain in the ass it must be to try and come back.

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    ^ It’s pretty easy now as long as you have the time and funds. Logistically it’s not much anymore. Don’t even need a visa. Just follow the COE page/application closely.

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