Thailand 4-Phase Reopening Plan: Blue Zone Areas

Thailand has a plan for reopening more pilot areas to welcome tourists. The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has announced a four-phase timeline to open tourism areas with few COVID-19 cases, so called “Blue Zone” areas, for getting ready to welcome back travelers.

Previously, Phuket was the first province to open for vaccinated foreign tourists to enter without quarantine from July 1 under “Phuket Sandbox” model. It was followed by Surat Thani, covering popular islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao through the “Samui Plus” model from July 15, and 2 other provinces including Phang Nga (Khao Lak, Koh Yao) and Krabi (Koh Phi Phi, Koh Ngai, Railay) that were opened in pilot stages under “7+7 Phuket Extension” model.

Thailand 4-Phase Reopening Plan

Pilot Phase (1-31 October 2021)

Criteria for economic pilot areas: The main cities or provinces with a proportion of foreign tourists' income of not less than 80% of total tourism revenue.

Areas: 4 provinces

First Phase (1-30 November 2021)

Criteria for economic pilot areas: The main cities or provinces with a proportion of income from foreign tourists not less than 15% of income from tourism.

Areas: 15 provinces

  • Bangkok
  • Samut Prakan (only at Suvarnabhumi Airport)
  • Krabi (the whole province)
  • Phang Nga (the whole province)
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin, Nong Kae)
  • Phetchaburi (Cha-am)
  • Chonburi (Pattaya, Bang Lamung, Na Jomtien Thian, Bang Saray, Koh Si Chang, Sriracha)
  • Ranong (Koh Phayam)
  • Chiang Mai (Mueang, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Doi Tao)
  • Loei (Chiang Khan)
  • Buriram (Mueang District)
  • Nong Khai (Mueang, Si Chiang Mai, Tha Bo, Sangkhom)
  • Udon Thani (Mueang, Na Yung, Nong Han, Prajaksilpakom, Kumphawapi, Ban Dung)
  • Rayong (Koh Samet)
  • Trat (Koh Chang)

Second Phase (1-31 December 2021)

Criteria for economic pilot areas:

  • The main cities or provinces with a proportion of income from foreign tourists not less than 15% of income from tourism revenue
  • Art and culture tourism areas
  • Border destinations

Areas: 16 provinces

  • Chiang Rai
  • Mae Hong Son
  • Lamphun
  • Phrae
  • Sukhothai
  • Phetchabun
  • Pathum Thani
  • Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
  • Khon Kaen
  • Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Trang
  • Phatthalung
  • Songkhla
  • Yala
  • Narathiwat

Third Phase (1 January 2022 onwards)

Criteria for economic pilot areas:

  • Areas that border with neighboring countries

Areas: 12 provinces

  • Surin
  • Sa Kaeo
  • Chanthaburi
  • Tak
  • Nakhon Phanom
  • Mukdahan
  • Bueng Kan
  • Ubon Ratchathani
  • Nan
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Ratchaburi
  • Satun

What can you do within Blue Zone?

Within the Blue Zone, it will be possible to carry out business activities like in a "Green" zone with no travel restrictions. However, the business opening and activities will be in accordance with the Universal Prevention and COVID Free-Setting measures set by the government and under the control of the Provincial Communicable Disease Committee such as:

  • No travel restrictions
  • Do not hold events for more than 500 people
  • Ability to eat at the restaurants as usual
  • Shopping centers and department stores open normally
  • Barbershops, massage parlors open normally
  • Educational institutions can be used to organize teaching and learning activities that include a large number of people
  • Sports venues open for service and organize all types of competitions

Further Updates on Thailand Reopening

There are still many uncertainties regarding further reopening of Thailand, so we would recommend contacting your local Thai embassy before making any plans or reservations.

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