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Thailand Further Relaxes COVID-19 Control Measures

03 Mar 2021

Effective from 22 February, 2021, the government has adjusted the classification of formerly five areas to currently four areas in line with the improvement in the COVID-19 situation in the country. The surveillance (green) areas now increase from 35 to 54 provinces, the high surveillance (yellow) areas decrease from 17 to 14 provinces, and the controlled (orange) areas down from 20 to eight provinces, while Samut Sakhon remains the only maximum controlled (dark red) area.

Thanks to the ongoing improvement in the COVID-19 situation in the country, which justifies relaxing restrictions. In surveillance areas; such as, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Phuket, Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin), and, Surat Thani (Ko Samui), entertainment venues of all types, including pubs, bars, and karaoke shops together with restaurants and eateries can resume normal operation hours in accordance with the relevant laws, including dining in and the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks. Music performances and dancing are also allowed. Spas and Thai traditional massage shops, as well as indoor and outdoor gyms, fitness centres and boxing stadiums are now reopened with a limited number of customers.

In high surveillance areas; such as, Ayutthaya, Chon Buri (Pattaya), Kanchanaburi, and Rayong, entertainment venues, restaurants, and eateries can operate until 24.00 Hrs. Spa and massage parlours can be opened with a limited number of customers. While in controlled areas; such as, Bangkok and Nonthaburi, entertainment venues of all types and restaurants can perform their operations until 23.00 Hrs. Shopping malls, department stores, community malls, supermarkets and convenience marts can resume normal operating hours, but crowd activities are prohibited. There are the strictest measures in the maximum controlled area, which is in Samut Sakhon only.

This guideline summary should be used as a reference only. Travellers are advised to recheck with local provincial authorities for specific requirements, which may change with the constantly evolving situation.

For domestic air travel, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand allowed airlines operators to serve food and drinks to passengers on board domestic flights. The State Railways of Thailand resumes 14 local train services, involving those on the Eastern, Northern and Southern line trains, effective from 1 March, 2021. Interprovincial buses are operating new normal operations in line with the easing of the COVID-19 control measures. In Bangkok, the Airport Rail Link, BTS Sky Train and MRT Subway are operating as per normal.

TAT is constantly providing updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (www.tatnews.org); Facebook (tatnews.org); and Twitter (Tatnews_Org).

 

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