(27 Aug 2021)
Thailand has been added to England’s red list, effective
04:00 on 30 August 2021 (UK time).
This latest development means that anyone who has
been in Thailand in the 10 days prior to arrival in England will
only be allowed to enter the country if they are a British or
Irish national, or have residence rights in the UK.
Those who are permitted to enter the UK will also
need to stay in and pay for a quarantine hotel for 10 days, taking
two COVID19 tests during their time in isolation.
As of press time, the change only applies to
England. Confusingly for travellers, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are able to set
their own restrictions.
red list applies to the whole of Thailand, including the
popular tourist destinations of Phuket and Koh Samui etc.
Those who have travelled to Thailand under the
Phuket Sandbox or Samui Plus initiative to boost the Kingdom’s
tourism industry will need to
quarantine in a hotel for 10 days if they arrive back in
England after 04:00 on 30 August 2021 (UK time).
The new rules apply to those who
have been fully vaccinated, as well as to those who are not.
Those who are not British or Irish nationals and
do not have residence rights in the UK will be unable to enter the
country if they have been in a red list country for 10 days prior
to arrival in England.
On Thursday, the UK government reported that while
77.7% of the population aged 16+ has been fully vaccinated and
88.1% have received their first jab, there were still 38,281 new
cases and 140 more deaths.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the UK has
recorded a total of 6,659,788 COVID19 cases and 132,463 deaths
since the pandemic began (up to 05:21 Thailand time on 27 August).
Thailand reported 18,702 new
COVID19 cases on Friday, up slightly from 18,501 on Thursday and bringing the
overall total nationwide to 1,139,571. The country also reported
273 more deaths, bringing that sad tally to 10,587.
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