Will Thailand be on the green list?

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Holidays have been off the cards for Brits during the most recent coronavirus lockdown, with usual winter destinations such as Thailand seeing little tourism from Western countries over the past year. As many European holiday destinations are expected to not make the green list, holiday hopefuls are looking further afield for a break in 2021.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC a new traffic light system detailing different rules for people returning from overseas travel depending on the risk is “coming shortly”.

Lists of countries and travel rules were originally meant to be published on Saturday, May 1, but this has not happened.

The Department for Transport revised a deadline set by a committee of MPs for making the list of safe countries public to “early May” after missing Saturday’s deadline.

International travel is expected to resume for leisure purposes from May 17, as part of Step 3 of England’s roadmap out of lockdown.

What is the coronavirus situation in Thailand?

The Thai government has recently brought in tighter measures to try to curb a Covid outbreak.

The outbreak has been traced back to the nightlife district in Bangkok.

Restaurant dining is now no longer permitted in and around Bangkok.

Elsewhere across Thailand, face masks are mandatory whenever out in public.

Shops and malls remain open, but with shortened trading hours, and public transport is still running as usual.

Non-essential travel from Bangkok is currently being discouraged.

Will Thailand be on the green list?

As the lists have not yet been released, official confirmation of which list Thailand will be on is not available.

However, it is unlikely that Thailand will be on the green list, as the South East Asian nation today reported its highest ever number of deaths from coronavirus.

Thailand’s Health Ministry on Sunday reported 1,940 new coronavirus cases, while deaths hit 21 for the second day in a row.

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How will the lists work?

The lists will be decided based on the following criteria:

  • The percentage of a country’s population which have been vaccinated
  • The rate of infection
  • The prevalence of variants of concern
  • The country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing.
  • All levels will require coronavirus tests to take place, whether or not the holidaymaker has had a vaccine.

Green countries: Travellers will need to take a pre-departure test as well as a PCR test on or before day two of their arrival back into the UK – but will not be required to quarantine.

Amber countries: Travellers will need to quarantine for ten days as well as do the two tests above.

There will also be an option to take an additional test, which must be paid for, on day five of the isolation, in order to come out early.

Red countries: Travellers will need to quarantine in a designated, managed hotel when they return, at their own expense.

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