Thailand was the third most googled travel destination by South African internet users in 2020, as revealed in Google’s Year in Search Report 2020, so it’s pretty obvious that South Africans have not lost their desire for travel.
The Thai government has mentioned that its borders are open to tourists once again. This message has been communicated via diplomatic notices issued by its embassies abroad. Thailand has now also reactivated its visa waiver programme.
Thailand is a popular destination for travellers from all over the globe. It is famous for its stunning beaches, idyllic islands, delightful cuisine and friendly people. That more than 40-million tourists visited Thailand in 2019 is proof it is the destination of choice for many. Tourism accounts for 20% of the country’s GDP. However, the extended lockdown cut off international tourism and this left the country’s pristine beaches, vibrant streets and colourful markets lifeless.
Many locals who had earned a living in the country’s tourist centres were forced to return to their family homes in the country as the absence of tourist volumes crippled their industry. Even though South Africans will be able to enter the country without a visa once again, additional requirements related to COVID-19 health and safety screening must be complied with.
These additional requirements include:
Certificate of entry available here;
Mandatory quarantine hotel booking for 15 days – select a facility at www.hsscovid.com;
Travel health insurance with coverage of at least US$100,000 (Rx), including for COVID treatment;
COVID-19 negative test result obtained within 72 hours of departure; and
Fit2Fly authorisation obtained within 72 hours of departure.
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