Thailand removed from European Union’s ‘green list’ of countries whose citizens can travel freely

Andalucia, Spain is just one of the European places travelers from Thailand may have difficulty traveling to

With Covid-19 cases surging in Thailand, and vaccines in such short supply it will likely be at least early 2022 before most Thais are vaccinated, the European Union announced this week Thailand has been removed from the EU’s ‘green list’ of countries.

This will not only affect Thais and foreigners living in Thailand, and wanting to travel to the EU, but it will also affect those European tourists wanting to take advantage of the Phuket Sandbox.

After all, if mandated to quarantine for 14 days after returning to the EU from Thailand, few EU tourists will want to commit to that.

The EU’s ‘green list’ changes frequently, depending on the worldwide Covid-19 situation.

According to the EU Commission, as of today July 16th, 2021, it currently includes:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Montenegro
  • New Zealand
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Moldova
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Ukraine
  • United States of America
  • China, (subject to confirmation of reciprocity)
Even though a country is on the ‘green list’, EU member states can still implement their own restrictions for travelers from that country.
These may include mandatory Covid-19 testing and quarantine upon arrival.
Meanwhile, Thailand with its almost 100 Covid-19 infections per 100,000 people in the last 14 days is quite a bit higher than the 75 infections per 100,000 people the EU normally requires for a country to be placed on its ‘green list’.