The FCDO has changed its advice allowing Brits to travel to Thailand – but the country currently isn’t accepting tourists
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The FCDO has added Thailand to its travel corridor list – despite the fact that the country currently isn’t accepting tourists.
Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps announced on Twitter that Thailand, along with Singapore, was being added to the corridor list, meaning that Brits returning from the destinations won’t be required to quarantine for 14 days.
Meanwhile, under the latest travel changes, Slovenia and Guadeloupe have been removed from the travel corridor lists. The new advice has already come into effect.
However, this doesn’t mean that Thailand holidays are back on the cards for Brits.
Currently, the country has closed its borders to tourists due to the pandemic, with only ‘certain categories of foreign nationals’ allowed to enter or travel through.
For example, the country is allowing some visitors entry such as those with work permits, pilots, or spouse/children of a Thai national and international students.
However, even if you do meet the requirements, you would still be “required to complete 14 days quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility”.
There are also plenty of other caveats – such as a medical certificate proving you have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before your departure, and proof of insurance including all of your medical expenses.
You can find out more about the criteria that needs to be met in order to enter Thailand in the FCDO’s latest Thailand travel advice.
It’s also worth noting that at the time of writing, the FCDO does advise against all but essential travel to certain parts of Thailand, as it did before the pandemic broke.
These are predominantly provinces along the Thailand-Malaysia border including Pattani, Yala, Narathiwa and parts of the Southern Songkhla province.
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