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No Thai quarantine for winter holidaymakers

The stunning Anantara Riverside Bangkok property is welcoming back holidaymakers from this week.

Thailand is saying no to quarantine for winter holidaymakers as it reopens its international borders this week.

The Southeast Asian country opened quarantine-free to travellers from 61 ‘low risk’ areas of the globe on November 1.

From Chiang Mai in the north to the holiday islands in the south, not forgetting Bangkok in between, Thailand is hoping for a successful winter season.

Entrance requirements mean inbound travellers must be able to show they are fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine. They must also have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure and must take another test after landing. Once the arrival test has been taken in the airport, visitors must spend their first night at an Amazing Thailand Safety & Health Administration Plus (SHA+) certified hotel while waiting for the result.

To ease the process further, guests of certain Bangkok hotels - including all Anantara properties - will be able to take their arrival test in their room.

Children aged under 12 years and travelling with a vaccinated adult are exempt from the requirements. Children aged 12 and over and who have not been vaccinated must enter Thailand via the sandbox scheme, which means they must arrive by air into a Blue Zone (details below) and remain in that zone for the first seven days of their stay. Unvaccinated adults must continue to quarantine on arrival for ten days in an approved quarantine hotel.

Thailand’s Sandbox programme, whereby vaccinated visitors are able to stay in 17 ‘Blue Zone’ provinces - including Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui, Khao Lak, Chiang Mai and Bangkok - as long as the first seven nights are spent at a SHA+ certified hotel in the same area, will continue to welcome visitors from countries that have not been included on the low risk list.

To celebrate Thailand’s return, international hospitality group Accor has launched a ‘For The Love of Thailand’ offer with 30% savings on stays of seven nights or more. The offer is valid on bookings from now until December 31 and for stays until March 31, 2022.

And Asia Family Traveller is partnering with the luxurious Amatara Wellness Resort in Phuket to offer one lucky reader a sumptuous three-night stay. Competition details can be found online and while the deadline is December 31, the prize is valid until August 2022. So if you don’t feel quite ready to travel just yet, you don’t have to take up this amazing offer immediately.

The countries and territories that have been included on the ‘low risk’ list are Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.

Travellers from countries not on this list must enter Thailand by air into a Blue Zone and remain in that zone for the first seven days of their trip. Blue Zone airports include Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Samui, U-Tapao or Buriram.

Check-list for quarantine-free travel to Thailand

Travellers must have...

* Spent the previous 21 days in an approved 'low risk' area.

* Been vaccinated with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travel.

* Applied and been approved for a Thailand Pass.

* Booked the first night in Thailand at an SHA+ certified hotel.

* Proof of medical insurance with a US$50,000 minimum cover.

* Proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

More details can be found online.

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