Wednesday 23rd September, 2020 (Covid-19 Update): People who like to live long term in Thailand will be happy to hear that long stay tourist visas will soon be available on Phuket and Thailand.
On 15 September, the Thai Cabinet approved a proposal to issue long stay tourist visas. These Special Tourist Visas will allow visitors to stay for 90 days, and the visa can be extended twice, which comes to a total of 270 days in Thailand.
It is currently unclear if the extentions can be done in any immigration office in Thailand, unlike the normal visa trips after 3 months where tourists must go to a Thai Embassy outside of Thailand, but due to the virus it just makes sense that the extention can be extended locally.
International tourist long term arrivals will have to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days, must show evidence of a confirmed accommodation booking, and agree to comply with measures set by the Ministry of Public Health.
No official date is available at this stage, but this could begin in October. The visa will be open to foreign nationals traveling from countries with low or no local COVID-19 transmission.
Anyone who is eligible must contact their local Thai Embassy in their current location for more information.
Sunday 23rd August, 2020 (Covid-19 Update): Thai authorities will extend the country’s state of emergency until August 31, in efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), despite having no confirmed reports of locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in two months. The decree, originally imposed on March 26 and due to expire on July 31, has been extended four times and has led to criticism of the government sparking protests nationwide. Authorities have stated the emergency decree is still required in order to reopen the country to foreigners. The decree allows the Thai government to limit people’s rights, such as banning public gatherings and limiting access to ‘high-risk areas’. Additional restrictions and measures remain in place nationwide amid the ongoing pandemic.
In another report it states that Thailand will allow foreign tourists to visit for longer stays (over 30 days) from October, a senior official said on Friday, as the government tries to revive a key economic sector that has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. Tourists will have to stay for at least 30 days, with the first 14 days in quarantine in a limited vicinity of their hotel, before they can visit other areas, Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn suggested.
Following the above report the Deputy governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, predicted that the country’s borders would not reopen to tourists until 2021. He added: “The Christmas period, usually the high season, is in jeopardy and I’m looking horribly even to Chinese New Year in February.
Tuesday 21st July, 2020 (Covid-19 Update): Since the last Corona virus update for Phuket and Thailand nothing has really changed, as far as Tourists being allowed to re-enter.
The three-phase plan for reopening up to Tourists seems to remain the same. Saying this many seem to think that September, not August, or even beyond, could be the month for Tourists to consider planning to book flights etc, but even this is not 100%. So, if you are a tourist waiting to travel to Thailand you’ll just have to wait and see.
While your waiting be aware of the possible requirements for entry when Phuket & Thailand does re-open its doors to Tourists. Will you require a ‘fit-to-fly health certificate’, a negative COVID-19 test certificate, insurance that covers COVID-19 medical examination and treatment, undergo 14 days of quarantine, or even to download the Thailand Covid-19 tracing app, which is not in English. We simply do not know yet. It all depends what happens in the coming weeks and months. Stay turned!
Latest Report: The ‘Phuket Disease Committee’ informed that as of 12 July 2020, Phuket Province has not found any new infections for 50 consecutive days. From 5 January – 12 July 2020, Phuket Province has infected Confirmed 227 cases of covid-19 disease, 223 home treatment were lost, 3 deaths.
Reported July 1, 2020. Announcing the relaxation measures for phase 5, all schools under the semester return to normal service under specified conditions. Department stores, shopping malls, community malls open up to 10 pm, convenience stores can be opened 24 hours, while pubs, bars and karaoke cafes are open no later than 24.00. Covid-19 conditions apply.
There are plans to open tourism, allowing 5 countries to enter Thailand, including China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong around August 2020, with measures to accommodate international travelers consisting of target groups only.
Monday 29th June, 2020 (Covid-19 Update): On June 25, 2020 the Government of Thailand approved a ‘draft Plan‘ for relaxed measures for foreigners entering Phuket and Thailand, which could see the reopening of international tourism as of August 1, 2020, and not July as many papers are reporting. To add to this All businesses and activities, which were suspended to control the spread of corona virus disease, will be allowed to resume on July 1st – including entertainment venues and “soapy massage” parlours, but rules will apply. This draft plan is supposed to be agreed, and probably altered, today, the 29th. Time will tell.
Unfortunately without the tourist invasion, that most locals are hoping for, and expecting, the above mentioned draft plan will not really effect, or help the hospitality sector on Phuket, and all Thailand, until after the 1st of August, which is when the borders will be ‘hopefully’ open to all tourists coming in by air or over the land borders such as Cambodia, Burma and Malaysia.
We are waiting now to hear, and not to speculate, of the concrete draft, so hold on to your whatever. The madness, not meaning the virus, is coming soon 🙂
Sunday 14th June, 2020: A Chinese wife of the Italian engineer in Cherng Talay, who was reported on Saturday, confirmed as infected with COVID-19, and has become Phuket’s latest case reported as confirmed infected with the virus.
The woman travelled back from Shanghai, China, in the middle of March. She lived in Cherng Talay with her three children, ages 7, 10 and 15, who have all tested negative for the virus at a private hospital was all Phuket officials would report.
The total number of people in Phuket recognised by officials as infected with COVID-19 since the outbreak began today (May 25) climbed to 227.
The report today notes as follows:
New cases: 1
Total infected: 227
People deemed ‘at risk’ checked: 13,286 (+18 on the 13th of June, 2020) Persons Under Investigation: 12,416 (+37)
Waiting for test results: 9 (-19)
Receiving hospital treatment: 0 (no change)
This report is marked as accurate as of 24:00hrs June 13th. It has now been 20 days since the last case was confirmed in Phuket, except for yesterday.
Thailand travel restrictions: An emergency decree is in place in Thailand until 30 June. Unless you meet certain requirements, all foreign nationals will now be denied entry to Thailand. All inbound international flights are suspended until 30 June. All land and sea borders are closed until 30 June.
Monday 13th April 2020:To contain the rising number of coronavirus cases, the land and sea borders on the island of Phuket have shut, and a nationwide curfew is in place at night. Usually packed tourist streets are deserted and closed off. Shops and restaurants are shuttered, aside from a few offering limited takeaway services. “It’s a very big impact here now, the biggest ever to happen in Phuket. Much worse than the tsunami, because you know the end of the tsunami but we don’t know the end of the COVID-19,” says Sarayuth Mallam, president of the Tourism Council of Phuket.
Wednesday 25 March 2020: Thailand have blocked almost 100 travellers from entering Thailand, with 73 of them being deported for not having enough special documents to meet special immigration measures to combat the COVID-19 disease.
If you are thinking of going to Thailand read on: To enter Thailand, both Thai and foreigner travellers need to show, or it’s better to have as many of the below documents as you can:
1. Health certificates and related health insurance coverage.
2. Documents to guarantee their whereabouts within Thailand to ensure they are “fit-to-fly”.
3. Foreigners must show medical certificates with lab results stating they have tested negative for COVID-19 while Thais must have received approval from doctors to be healthy to travel. If you have NOT had the test we suggest you do NOT fly to Thailand!
4. The documents MUST be issued within 72 hours before flights depart, either to or from Thailand.
5. Other documents include certification from Thai embassies (for Thai nationals) and details of where they will stay under the 14-day self-isolation requirement upon their return to Thailand.
The above are suggestions according to Dr Kajornsak Kaewcharat, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control within Thailand..
UPDATE (24/03/202): Thailand confirms 122 new coronavirus cases (Total at 721) and 3 more deaths. Phuket today reported 9 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus on the southern resort island of Phuket, bringing the total to 26, up from 17 yesterday.
Thialand has now enforce shop closures, but supermarkets will stay open. Five provinces neighbouring the Thai capital are now following suit and ordering the temporary closure of some shops and stores from today up to April 12. The five provinces are Samut Prakarn, Samut Sakhon, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi and Pathumthani. The efforts are designed to slow the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in and around Greater Bangkok.