Ministry of Public Health prepares for vaccination plan.
On 27 January 2021, the Prime Minister announced the three-phase vaccination plan.
Phase 1 will begin from 14 February to April 2021. Phase 2 will begin from May to December 2021. Phase 3 will begin from January 2022 onwards
Long-stay visitors permitted to enter the country.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand updated the permission to allow long-stay visitors to enter the country through the Special Tourist Visa. Previously, it was only restricted to countries of low- to medium-risk of COVID-19 cases. With the new announcement, travellers from around the world are permitted to apply for the visa, including tourists, business travellers, investors.
Emergency decree extended until 15 January
The Thai government extended the state of emergency to 15 January to prevent increase in infections during the New Year festival and the international badminton tournament. The extension allows the authorities to make decision, such as enforcement of mandatory quarantines and streamlining of disease-control plans.