The UK’s coronavirus travel advice for Thailand has changed, but what does it mean if you’re thinking about a trip?
On September 19th, Thailand was added to the UK’s travel corridor list.
This means two main things:
- The Foreign Office now considers it safe to travel to Thailand
- People entering the UK from Thailand no longer have to self-isolate for two weeks
But don’t pack your bags just yet.
Thailand still has strict entry restrictions in place, and British nationals are not yet on the list of people who are allowed to enter or transit through the country.
The only exceptions are diplomats, people with a work permit, and people with a residence and re-entry permit (plus a few others).
New visa announcement
In late September, Thailand announced a new tourist visa that will allow foreigners to stay for up to 90 days, if they quarantine for the first 14 days. It is expected to launch in October, and is in addition to the current 30-day tourist visa on arrival that US, Canadian and most European citizens can currently obtain.
It’s one sign of the Thai government gearing up to reintroduce some of the tourism on which the country’s economy relies.
However there is still no concrete news on when British nationals will be allowed in.
Latest news on coronavirus in Thailand
Thailand has seen a total 3,514 Covid-19 cases and recorded 59 deaths.
Its rate of new infections has remained low, rarely reaching more than 10 per day since the start of May.
Nearby Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos have also seen low rates of infection.