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Thailand strengthens measures to contain new wave of COVID-19 infections

19 Apr 2021

Effective from 18 April 2021, and likely in place for two weeks, the latest restrictions focus on businesses and activities deemed at high-risk for community transmission

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the following updates to travellers regarding the Royal Thai Government’s announcement on the strengthened COVID-19 control measures to contain local transmission.

Effective from 18 April, 2021, the latest restrictions will likely be in place for two weeks. Thereafter, the government will evaluate the situation based on the number of new infections.

The latest restrictions include:

The classification of 18 provinces as “highly controlled areas” or “red zone” following a surge in community transmission. These include the capital Bangkok and (region by region) Central: Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, and Suphan Buri; East: Chon Buri, Rayong, and Sa Kaeo; North: Chiang Mai; Northeast: Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Udon Thani; South: Phuket and Songkhla, and West: Prachuap Khiri Khan and Tak.

The remaining 59 provinces are classified as controlled areas or ‘orange zone’.

The public are encouraged to cancel or postpone interprovincial travel at this time, or must undergo strict screening measures, which may cause inconvenience.

Also, the public are encouraged to avoid holding social activities; such as, parties or banquets, with exception for traditional ceremonies, which must be held under strict communicable disease control measures.

Private-sector organisations are encouraged to allow work from home options.

The above measures may be changed depending on the situation and deemed appropriate by the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) under the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), as well as the governors of Bangkok and 76 other provinces.

In addition, the public should note that some tourist attractions are temporarily closed.

The Bureau of the Royal Household informs of the temporary closure of royal palaces and various locations from 13 April, 2021, until further notice as follows:

Also closed as part of the nationwide effort to curb the spread of the recent community transmission of COVID-19:

Central region

Eastern region

Northern region


Southern region

Western region

TAT would like to remind all travellers to take DMHTT precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, and T – Thai Chana contact tracing application.

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