Thailand is high-risk country for Covid-19 according to Thai Department of Disease Control

Chart from Thai Department of Disease Control

As the Thai government and Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) are promoting Thailand as a welcoming place for a vacation with the upcoming ‘Phuket Sandbox‘, the Thai Department of Disease Control (DDC) has published a report listing Thailand as a ‘high-risk country’ for Covid-19.

According to the DDC, in a chart labeled “การจัดกลุ่มประเทศ ด้านการแพทย์และสาธารณสุข ส าหรับการผ่อนคลายผู้ไม่มีสัญชาติไทย เข้ามาในราชอาณาจักรไทย โดยใช้เกณฑ์ IHR-JEE, GCI และผู้ป่วยรายใหม” (approximate English translation “A grouping of countries medical and public health for the relaxation of non-Thai nationals into the Kingdom of Thailand using the criteria of IHR-JEE, GCI and new patients“), Thailand appears in the ‘high-risk country’ category. (In Thai “กลุ่มประเทศเสี่ยงสูง”).

Thailand has also been categorized as a high-risk country for Covid-19 by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with that organization currently labeling Thailand as a “Level 3: High”.


On their travel advisory, the CDC also states:

Because of the current situation in Thailand, all travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants

The high-level of risk of Covid-19 infection in Thailand, and in particular the rising cases of the Delta variant, is something all travelers and potential tourists planning a vacation to the south east country should consider.

Particularly as, if a tourist/traveler does test positive for Covid-19 while in Thailand, they will be placed in a mandatory quarantine, may be placed in a Thai hospital even without symptoms, and could have their trip back to their home country delayed due to a negative PCR test being required for admission.

Tasty Thailand is not recommending not traveling to Thailand, however, but is recommending you make yourself aware of any risks before you depart.

At the moment, only travelers/tourists from low to mid-risk countries that are vaccinated are allowed into Thailand.