Your guide to travelling to the Land of Smiles as restrictions have now been officially eased

Fully vaccinated visitors from Malaysia can now forego the 14-day mandatory quarantine when entering Thailand, effective Nov 1, 2021. Malaysia has been categorised alongside other Asia-Pacific countries and territories such as Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and more in the list of low-risk countries. The list was issued by Thailand Foreign Ministry permanent secretary Thani Thongphakdi.

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Before you pack your bags, here's everything you need to know about travelling to the Land of Smiles:

Mode of travel

Under this new plan, quarantine-free travel to Thailand applies to fully vaccinated foreign travellers entering Thailand by air only (for now).

See also: Phuket Opens To Vaccinated International Tourists

Covid-19 test

You will be required to present a Covid-19 negative RT-PCR test before departing for Thailand and then do another test when you arrive. If all is well and negative, you will be able to move freely around the country–just like any other Thai citizen.

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Approved vaccines

According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the list of approved vaccines are:

  1. CoronaVac by Sinovac Biotech Ltd
  2. AstraZeneca or Covishield by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, SK Bioscience (South Korea), Siam Bioscience, and Serum Institute of India (Covishield)
  3. Pfizer–BioNTech or Comirnaty by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech
  4. Janssen or Janssen/Ad26.COV2.S by Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc
  5. Moderna by Moderna Inc.
  6. Sinopharm or COVILO by Sinopharm Co., Ltd.
  7. Sputnik V by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology

Children under the age of 18 travelling with their parents or guardians do not require proof of vaccination.

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Grace period requirement

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health deems travellers to be fully vaccinated if:

  1. They get their second dose of a two-dose vaccine; such as, the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines, no less than 14 days before their travel date to Thailand.
  2. They get a single-dose vaccine; such as the Janssen vaccine, no less than 14 days before their travel date to Thailand.
  3. In the case of mix-and-match vaccines, travellers should get their second dose of a different vaccine within the recommended interval of the first vaccine no less than 14 days before their travel date to Thailand. For example, if the first vaccine is CoronaVac from Sinovac Biotech and the second vaccine is AstraZeneca, the time between the two doses is two to four weeks.

See also: The Covid-19 Vaccines In Malaysia's National Vaccination Programme

Visitors from countries not yet on the approved list can still travel to Thailand but under the Sandbox model, which allows fully vaccinated tourists from about 70 countries to travel to Thailand without quarantining provided they stay in designated areas within Phuket, Phang-Nga, Surat Thani, Krabi or other approved destinations for at least seven days before travelling to other parts of the country. Those travelling to Thailand under the Sandbox model are also required to be regularly tested.

Meanwhile, Malaysians returning from overseas travel are still required to take a swab test three days before their trip and another test upon arriving in Malaysia, and undergo a seven-day period of home quarantine.

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