Thailand yacht destinations: no more entry restrictions or requirements since October 2022

As announced, since October 2022, Thailand has completely reopened to tourists from all over the world. It has launched a campaign to return to being one of the Asian leaders as a tourist destination with the message: ‘Visit Thailand Year 2022-2023.”

The yacht charter sector is, of course, no exception, for which the country undoubtedly aims not only to return to pre-covid levels but to increase it further.

The Thai government had long ago announced that from 1 October 2022, all restrictions and border controls due to Covid-19 would be lifted. This means that even international visitors who rent yachts in Thailand or who arrive aboard their boat are no longer required to show any evidence of vaccination or the results of an anti-Covid-19 test.

Also, from this date, the period of stay in the Kingdom of Thailand was extended to 45 days for tourists entitled to visa exemption and to 30 days for tourists required to present a visa on arrival.


A slow but gradual reopening

Thailand has begun a gradual and careful reopening to international tourism planned from 1 July 2021, with special programs such as the Phuket Sandbox, the Samui Plus, and the 7 + 7 Extension.

This phase was followed by a subsequent one marked by four different temporal sequences of reopening, starting from October 2021 until January 2022, in which destinations throughout the country were gradually reopened to tourism.

The next step was the removal, starting July 1, 2022, of the Thailand Pass registration program. This allowed foreign citizens to enter the country only by showing proof of vaccination or carrying out a test with negative results (ATK test) within 72 hours of arrival.

What was the procedure before 1 October 2022?

Any category of tourist wishing to travel to Thailand before that date was required to meet a series of requirements.

To travel to the country, it was necessary, in addition to a valid passport (or a border pass for travelers passing through checkpoints), to have a valid covid-19 vaccination certificate.

The law stipulated that all tourists over 18 had to be fully vaccinated with an approved Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days before chartering a yacht in Thailand. Similarly, minors aged between 5 and 17 who were traveling to Thailand unaccompanied had also to be vaccinated with at least one approved vaccine dose at least 14 days before traveling to Thailand. On the other hand, minors accompanied by their parents were exempted from this obligation.

Once in Thailand, all tourists had to undergo an entrance screening, including body temperature checks. They had to submit the required documents to the immigration office and health control to carry out the necessary checks.

Vaccinated travelers could then enter the country and could go anywhere in the kingdom of Thailand.

Thanks to the latest law, which repeals a whole series of previous national and provincial ordinances, from October 2022, it is no longer necessary to be vaccinated or present any document relating to the self-health state inherent to Covid-19.

The same standard also confirms that the use of masks is no longer mandatory in public areas in general.

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