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Hey all i just need some info here, is thailand totally closed to tourists? or can i quarantine for 14 days and then head out into the world? so many different rules

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1 hour ago, pt1001 said:

Hey all i just need some info here, is thailand totally closed to tourists? or can i quarantine for 14 days and then head out into the world? so many different rules

not 100% closed but there is a mountain of paper work and expenses you need to go through as well as the 15 night quarantine booking paid in advance. check your local thai embassy website for more info.

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You can enter as a tourist (or visa exempt depending on your nationality). 

You will also need to Apply for Certificate of Entry (lots of requirements / Plenty of info on other threads)

You will need to quarantine for 15 nights (lots of info on ASQ in other threads)

 

The situation in Thailand is fluid at the moment. Due to a recent outbreak many provinces have been ‘locked down’ or rather travel between provinces is restricted to essential movement. What this means is you can travel, you may face road blocks etc and be asked why. 

In most area’s bars are closed. Restaurants are open in some areas and this is changing week by week. 

 

Up until mid-December with the exception of a ghostly quietness in many areas otherwise congested with tourists it was life as normal, bars etc very quiet. Areas popular with Thai’s were quite normal. 

 

Mask wearing in malls, 7-11 and most places etc is the norm, temp checks on entry... 

 

Without another outbreak I suspect life will be back to normal ‘within’ Thailand in a few weeks - but travel into Thailand will still be restricted (CoE required) until the Emergency Decree is lifted and there are quarantine requirements (i.e. when the vaccination program has vaccinated those above 60 and those in high risk groups ) - but that remains to be seen or even discussed at this stage. 

 

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39 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

You can enter as a tourist (or visa exempt depending on your nationality). 

You will also need to Apply for Certificate of Entry (lots of requirements / Plenty of info on other threads)

You will need to quarantine for 15 nights (lots of info on ASQ in other threads)

 

The situation in Thailand is fluid at the moment. Due to a recent outbreak many provinces have been ‘locked down’ or rather travel between provinces is restricted to essential movement. What this means is you can travel, you may face road blocks etc and be asked why. 

In most area’s bars are closed. Restaurants are open in some areas and this is changing week by week. 

 

Up until mid-December with the exception of a ghostly quietness in many areas otherwise congested with tourists it was life as normal, bars etc very quiet. Areas popular with Thai’s were quite normal. 

 

Mask wearing in malls, 7-11 and most places etc is the norm, temp checks on entry... 

 

Without another outbreak I suspect life will be back to normal ‘within’ Thailand in a few weeks - but travel into Thailand will still be restricted (CoE required) until the Emergency Decree is lifted and there are quarantine requirements (i.e. when the vaccination program has vaccinated those above 60 and those in high risk groups ) - but that remains to be seen or even discussed at this stage. 

 

thanks for your response that makes sense, im not looking to come straight away maybe in a month or two and i know how much they like to change the goal posts. Is it still 90 days VOA for uk citizens? a thai friend told me they were looking to up it to 9 months at some point is that the case?

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11 hours ago, pt1001 said:

Is it still 90 days VOA for uk citizens?

It never has been.  It's 30 days visa exempt (currently 45 to compensate for quarantine), 60 days with a single entry tourist visa or 90 days with a non-O visa.  The 9 months mentioned probably relates to the Special Tourist Visa which may or may not be available.

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3 hours ago, Jeffr2 said:

Just remember, Samui, Phuket and Pattaya are ghost towns.  I mean dead and depressing.  With most businesses closed. 

good because id quite like the peace and tranquility haha

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39 minutes ago, pt1001 said:

good because id quite like the peace and tranquility haha

At least you'll have a good start locked up in a Hotel Cell on arrival. Only for 15 nights so not that bad. Then when your aloud out everything will be much the same. When J/2 said it was DEAD he means it. Only hope you can find a good hotel open when you get here as you will need it as you'll be spending 90% of you time in their rooms so hope their comfortable. 

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And when you get to Thailand, you'll probably be attacked by packs of often aggressive stray dogs that seem to have invaded most cities and towns now that Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns have closed businesses and emptied streets of people.

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8 hours ago, davidcraig said:

And when you get to Thailand, you'll probably be attacked by packs of often aggressive stray dogs that seem to have invaded most cities and towns now that Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns have closed businesses and emptied streets of people.

ill have my 7 11 cheese toasties at the ready bro

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14 hours ago, pt1001 said:

good because id quite like the peace and tranquility haha

The problem is finding food.  Most places are closed.  In Chewang Beach, it's just depressing.  Do not enter signs, empty streets, all shops are closed, 99% of small restaurants.  Hotels have strange hours for meals, and sometimes have to let them know in advance if you are going to have dinner there, or they will be closed. 

 

Personally, I also like peace and tranquility.  But this is very depressing.  No fun.

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10 hours ago, davidcraig said:

And when you get to Thailand, you'll probably be attacked by packs of often aggressive stray dogs that seem to have invaded most cities and towns now that Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns have closed businesses and emptied streets of people.

Yeah, it's gotten really bad.  They are roaming everywhere, getting into fights, pooping everywhere, etc.  Some look really bad.

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4 minutes ago, Jeffr2 said:

Yeah, it's gotten really bad.  They are roaming everywhere, getting into fights, pooping everywhere, etc.  Some look really bad.

Really?  How are they in Pattaya?  I've run into some pretty aggressive packs of dogs on some out of the way soi's in Pattaya on occasion.  The didn't seem to have any fear of me at all and it was kind of scary.  If you tried to kick them away it only made them more aggressive.

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10 hours ago, davidcraig said:

And when you get to Thailand, you'll probably be attacked by packs of often aggressive stray dogs that seem to have invaded most cities and towns now that Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns have closed businesses and emptied streets of people.

 

Oh no.... You’ve mentioned Soi-dogs....   This thread is now going to be a ‘dog-whistle’ to the wannabe alpha-rock-star who claims he can stare down a pack of aggressive soi dog because they can recognise the Alpha !!!....   These bar-stool ex-special forces tool always crack me up on this forum !!!  

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