When can you travel to Thailand? Updated April 12th, 2021
Thailand Travel Reopening Updates: April 12th, 2021
Due to a rigorous system of identifying, testing, tracing and isolation, Thailand has been extremely successful in controlling the pandemic, which was first detected in a tourist from Wuhan, China, on January 13th, 2020.
Thailand closed its borders for international tourism at the end of March. Although there is a current program for some tourists to be able to enter the nation, the special permission is only given to those who commit to a very long stay and a 14 day quarantine upon arrival.
When will Thailand reopen for tourism?
Although Thailand now permits some tourists to enter the beach destination of Phuket Island, a 10-day mandatory quarantine is strictly enforced. There are plans to open 4 other destinations besides Phuket (not including Bangkok) to certain vaccinated visitors by late May or early June, albeit with a 7-day mandatory quarantine. There also are plans to stop requiring quarantines from October 1st at the above 5 destinations. We expect this to change at some point as we do not expect most travelers to be restricted by quarantines and/or closed destinations such as Bangkok. As such, Easy Tours is now offering our services in Thailand from October 1st, 2021, with flexible terms as outlined below, although earlier dates can be tentatively booked for those interested in doing so.
What requirements will there be for incoming tourists?
It is Easy Tours’ opinion that general tourism in Thailand will initially require a combination of proof of a credible vaccination and some testing requirements, although it is possible that just one of these factors may suffice at some point.
Is it safe to visit Thailand?
It is safe to visit Thailand as the country has a very sophisticated private medical infrastructure, and excellent care will be available for all Easy Tours travelers for any healthcare requirements.
Luxury Tour availability
Easy Tours offers escorted private luxury tours in Thailand and some surrounding countries for travel dates starting on Oct 1st, 2021. Easy Tours will not operate our Small Group Tours in Thailand until at least early 2022 as we are not comfortable facilitating joint travel for guests who are not from the same household or family/friends circle before then.
Cancellation options related to Covid-19.
Cancellations due to freshly imposed entry or other significant travel restrictions by the Thai Government: During 2021 if Easy Tours is forced to cancel your tour due to entry restrictions imposed by the Thai government, Easy Tours will inform our guests within 2 business days of our in-country offices becoming aware of this fact, and all guest payments will be credited towards future Thailand travel with Easy Tours. Please note that this does not apply to international flight costs, the contract for which exists solely between the guest(s) and the airline.
Guest Decision to Cancel Travel: For travel ending by December 1st, 2021, if a guest decides that they are not comfortable in traveling to Thailand for any reason, including the virus, they will have the option to have their payments credited for Thailand travel by December 20th, 2022 as long as 45 days remain before their tour start date. If less than 45 days remain, or if any of your travel dates are after December 1st, 2021, our standard cancellation costs will apply, and refunds, if any are applicable, will be processed according to our standard terms and conditions. Along with our luxury hotel partners, we expect tourism to boom from late 2021 onward due to pent-up demand.
Care for our guests’ wellbeing.
Our tours currently follow these three protocols to ensure our guests wellbeing, and to provide seamless and rewarding experiences:
1. Lodging: We only offer the top luxury hotels and resorts, all of whom have established, and proven, a very strong commitment to the wellbeing of guests and staff. This currently includes daily screening of all staff, screening of incoming guests, very vigorous ongoing sanitizing procedures and practices, availability of on-call physicians, and a lot more.
2. Guides: You will be assigned one Accompanying Tour Director who will greet you when you arrive, and then facilitate all your activities, including serving as your expert guide, throughout your time with us. Our previous guests know that Easy Tours has the best Tour Director’s, and these colleagues will be screened before starting their services with you.
3. Vehicles and chauffeurs: Your vehicle will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized each morning, and hand sanitizer will be available to you in your vehicle at all times. You will have the same chauffeur and vehicle throughout your tour, unless your tour includes multiple regions/countries that require a flight.