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Thailand is close to welcoming back travellers, but there will be some conditions


A popular destination for Aussies, Thailand may open its borders to international tourists as early as October 1. But there will be some strict caveats. 

If you thought your travel plans for 2020 were dashed due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is a glimmer of hope for a tropical destination Aussies will be familiar with.

Under the ‘Safe and Sealed’ program, Thailand may welcome travellers back to the kingdom as soon as October 1, though there will be some strict conditions.

The length of stay, for example, will be a minimum of 30 days including a mandatory quarantine period.

Initially, tourists will be permitted to fly in via the island of Phuket, where they will be required to isolate in a designated resort for 14 days.

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Travellers will be tested for Covid-19 at the beginning and at the end of the quarantine period, and afterward, so long as they do not test positive, they will be able to travel freely around the island.

If you’re wanting to go beyond Phuket, however, you’ll need to quarantine for a further seven days and will have to have another COVID test.

Domestic tourism in Thailand began a little under a month ago with increased safety and hygiene measures implemented at many of the resorts, like plexiglass barriers on hotel buffets, fabric napkins swapped for paper (to cut down on handling and washing), and all staff will wear masks at all times.

While a popular holiday destination for Aussies, the federal government banned movement out of the country completely four months ago, unless your application for exemption is approved.

Last month, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said in a statement he expected Aussies will be able to start travelling overseas in the new year.

“From 1 January to 30 June 2021, it is assumed that the travel ban is lifted, but that a two-week quarantine period is required of arrivals to Australia,” he said, as reported by news.com.au.

“Right now the opportunity for large-scale travel beyond our borders is not foreseeable.”