To boost tourism and make it easier for travelers to visit, Thailand is reducing its mandatory quarantine period for vaccinated visitors from 14 to seven days. Thailand requires travelers to be fully vaccinated within three months of their travel period and to take a COVID-19 test within three days of arrival in the country.
Travelers who are not vaccinated, but have a negative test result, have to quarantine for ten days.
To even further entice travelers, who may still be wary of the seven-day quarantine, the Thai government is launching a new initiative allowing visitors to spend their quarantine on a yacht.
The program would allow people with negative COVID-19 tests to board one of 100 yachts or small cruise ships in Phuket and spend their quarantine at sea. They will be allowed off the boat to swim, but not to go ashore, and given a digital wristband to monitor their temperature, blood pressure, and location. The program is slated to begin in April or May.
If you’re holding out until Thailand lifts all quarantine requirements, you may be waiting until October. The government has said that if it can vaccinate at least 70 percent of its medical personnel and at-risk residents by then, it may drop the mandatory quarantine. Until then, quarantining on a yacht is probably as good as it’s going to get.
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