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TAT update: Summary of provincial COVID-19 control measures for New Year 2021 holiday period

Interprovincial travel has not been prohibited, but each province is taking specific COVID-19 control measures, which may include strict screening and quarantine

Bangkok, 30 December, 2020, at 09.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide a summary of Thai provinces that have imposed specific COVID-19 control measures over the New Year 2021 holidays, depending on the level of risk as part of the nationwide efforts to contain community transmission.

Although interprovincial travel has not been prohibited, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday (29 December, 2020) urged people to stay at home over the New Year holidays in light of the current resurgence of local transmission that originated at a seafood market in Samut Sakhon province.

The TAT Newsroom is doing our utmost to compile accurate information at the current time to inform all travellers in Thailand. This press release will be updated regularly as soon as further information becomes available. We encourage readers to revisit this page periodically to stay up to date with the constantly changing situations.

The following COVID-19 control measures at Thai provinces as of 29 December, 2020, are in addition to the ‘New Normal’ practices already in place nationwide, including body temperature screening points, predetermined social distancing areas, plus alcohol gel and handwashing stations are provided on a regular basis.

Contact tracing measures include requiring everyone to check-in and check-out by scanning the ‘Thai Chana’ application QR code or providing contact details that are submitted to the provincial health office.

Region  ProvinceCOVID-19 control measures on visitors
CentralBangkokClosure of horse racetracks, fighting cock-bull-fish facilities, and entertainment venues.   Cinemas, theatres, pubs, bars, and restaurants are to strictly follow the public health guidelines.  
 NonthaburiAvoid holding events with children or youth gatherings.   Markets, entertainment venues, public parks, temples, etc. are to strictly follow the public health guidelines.  
 Pathum ThaniClosure of educational facilities, games and Internet shops, boxing stadiums, fighting cock and bull facilities, from 28 December, 2020, until 3 January, 2021.   Cinemas, theatres, shopping malls, supermarkets, convenience marts, and markets are to strictly follow the public health guidelines.  
 Nakhon PathomAny mass gathering events with more than 500 participants must strictly follow the public health guidelines.  
 Samut PrakanClosure of educational facilities in Phra Samut Chedi and Phra Pradaeng from 22 December, 2020, to 4 January, 2021.  
 Samut SakhonClosure of educational facilities, games and Internet shops, boxing stadiums, and fighting cock and bull facilities.   Individuals who visited the COVID-19 risk areas are to report to the local administration or public health office and enter a 14-day quarantine.   Cancellation of workshops and activities.  
 Samut SongkhramClosure of massage shops, spas, fitness, pubs, bars, karaoke, café, snooker and billiard tables, educational facilities, games and Internet shops, boxing stadiums, fighting cock and bull facilities.   Individuals who visited the COVID-19 risk areas are to report to the local administration or public health office and enter a 14-day quarantine.  
 Ayutthaya, Ang Thong, Sing Buri, and Nakhon NayokIndividuals who visited the COVID-19 risk areas are to report to the local administration or public health office and enter a 14-day quarantine.  
 SaraburiIndividuals who visited the COVID-19 risk areas are to report to the local administration or public health office and enter a 14-day quarantine.   Mass gathering events with more than 200 participants must strictly follow the public health guidelines.  
 Suphan BuriBan on the sale of alcoholic beverages.   Food outlets and restaurants are allowed for offer take-home service only.   Closure of markets.   Individuals who visited the COVID-19 risk areas are to report to the local administration or public health office and enter a 14-day quarantine.  
NorthChiang RaiArrivals from the highly controlled and controlled areas will be screened according to the public health measures and are required to register with the Thai Chana contact tracing application.  
 Chiang MaiArrivals from Samut Sakhon through Chiang Mai International Airport and Chiang Mai Bus Terminals 1 & 2 will be screened according to the public health measures and are required to register with the CM-CHANA contract tracing application as well as enter a 14-day home quarantine.   Arrivals from Samut Sakhon from 1 December, 2020, are to report to the local public health office and enter a 14-day home quarantine.  
 Lampang (until 4 January, 2021)Closure of entertainment venues, pubs, bars, restaurants with alcoholic drinks, fitness centres, martial art schools, snooker and billiard tables, fighting cock facilities, and games and Internet shops.   Cancellation of the Amazing Night Light countdown event, as well as all regular mass gathering events.  
 LamphunAll entertainment venues and similar businesses are ordered to strictly follow the COVID-19 control measures.  
 PhayaoArrivals from Samut Sakhon and Rayong are required to register with the local contact tracing application, enter a 10-day home quarantine and are prohibited to join any mass gathering events.   Arrivals from Bangkok, Chachoengsao, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phetchaburi, Ratchaburi, Samut Prakan, and Samut Songkhram are required to register with the local contact tracing application.  
 PhraeArrivals from the highly controlled areas are to report to the local administration or public health office and enter a 14-day home quarantine.   Arrivals from the controlled areas, areas under high surveillance, and areas under surveillance are to report to the local administration or public health office and monitor their health for 14 days.   All mass gathering events must be downsized.  
 UttaraditReligious venues are to cancel all mass gathering ceremonies.   All workshops, meetings and seminars with less than 200 participants are to strictly follow the public health guidelines. Events with more than 200 participants must submit reasons for holding such activity and details of the public health measures.   All mass gathering events with more than 100 participants are to be postponed until the situation improves.  
 Mae Hong Son (as of 26 December, 2020)  Mae Hong Son is classified as an area under surveillance.  
 NanArrivals from Samut Sakhon from 1 December, 2020, are to register for contact tracing and enter a 14-day self-quarantine.  
 Kamphaeng PhetArrivals from Samut Sakhon are to monitor their health for 14 days.   New Year activities can be organised but must downsize and follow the public health guidelines.  
 PhichitArrivals from the highly controlled and controlled areas, especially from Samut Sakhon, are to enter a 14-day self-quarantine.   New Year activities organised by government agencies are to be cancelled. Ordinations and weddings can be organised but must follow the public health guidelines.  
 PhetchabunArrivals from the highly controlled and controlled areas are to enter a 14-day self-quarantine.   Merit-making and traditional ceremonies can be organised under strict public health measures.  
 PhitsanulokAll entertainment venues are to set up a one entry-exit and follow the public health guidelines.  
Northeast (Isan)Buri RamCancellation of all New Year events and activities.   Arrivals from Samut Sakhon are to report to the local COVID-19 screening centre and enter a 14-day self-quarantine.   Arrivals from other areas will be screened and are required to register with the Thai Chana contact tracing application.  
 Bueng KanClosure of fighting cock facilities.   All entertainment venues, including karaoke, shops, restaurants, and hotels are to strictly follow the public health guidelines.  
 ChaiyaphumCancellation of all mass gathering events and activities.   Religious and traditional ceremonies can be organised under strict public health guidelines.   Closure of all educational facilities from 28 December, 2020, until 3 January, 2021.  
 KalasinCancellation of all New Year events and activities.   Markets, flea markets, public parks, all religious and entertainment venues are to strictly follow the public health guidelines.  
 Khon KaenStepping up province-wide COVID-19 control measures.   Urging the public and private sector to reconsider organising mass gathering events.  
 Loei (as of 29 December, 2020)  Travellers and tourists are still welcome.  
 Maha SarakhamIn full preparation to undergo the COVID-19 control measures when required.  
 Nakhon Phanom (as of 28 December, 2020)The province has no new COVID-19 infections for 258 consecutive days since 13 April, 2020.  
 Nong KhaiSeeking cooperation on the cancellation or postponement of mass gathering events; such as, New Year activities, concerts, local ceremonies; and Children’s Day activities.   All entertainment venues, shops, food outlets and restaurants, and cinemas must strictly follow the public health guidelines.  
 Nong Bua LamphuClosure of fighting cock venues until 31 January, 2021.   Restaurants, entertainment venues, karaoke, and Internet shops are to close at 22.00 Hrs. until 4 January, 2021.  
 Nakhon RatchasimaSeeking cooperation on the cancellation or postponement of mass gathering events, including the New Year countdown and religious ceremonies.   Shopping malls, entertainment venues, flea markets, and restaurants are to strictly follow the public health guidelines.  
 Roi EtArrivals from Samut Sakhon or other COVID-19 risk areas are to report to the local administration or public health office and enter a 14-day self-quarantine.  
 SurinArrivals from Samut Sakhon are to report to the local administration or public health office and enter a 14-day self-quarantine.   Reconsidering organising New Year activities or downsizing under strict public health guidelines.   Sport venues, boxing stadiums, and fighting cock facilities are to set up a visitor registration system.   Entertainment venues, restaurants, and shopping malls are to strictly follow the public health guidelines.  
 Ubon RatchathaniArrivals from Samut Sakhon and Rayong are to report to the local public health office and enter a 14-day home quarantine.   Mass gathering events can be organised but must strictly follow the public health guidelines.   14-day closure of fighting cock facilities.   Closure of flea markets.  
 MukdahanArrivals from Samut Sakhon are to report to the local public health office and enter a 14-day home quarantine.   Avoid large crowds and crowded places; such as, shopping malls, markets, flea markets, schools, cinemas, meeting rooms, sport venues, and public parks.  
 Amnat CharoenCancellation of New Year events and ceremonies.   Markets and flea markets, public parks and venues, and religious venues, as well as entertainment venues must strictly follow the public health guidelines.  
 YasothonArrivals from the highly controlled areas are to report to the local administration or public health office and enter a 14-day self-quarantine.   Entertainment venues and businesses are to close at 24.00 Hrs. until 4 January, 2021.   Seeking cooperation on the cancellation or postponement of mass gathering events.  
 Si Sa KetArrivals from COVID-19 risk areas are to undergo testing and enter a 14-day local quarantine.  
 Udon ThaniCancellation of New Year countdown activities, religious ceremonies, and traditional events.   Closure of boxing stadiums and fighting cock facilities.  
SouthChumphonArrivals from Samut Sakhon and COVID-19 risk provinces are to undergo a real-time RT-PRC test and enter a 14-day quarantine.   Arrivals from other provinces are to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine.  
 RanongArrivals from Samut Sakhon from 1 December, 2020, are to report to the local public health office.   Mass gathering events with more than 300 participants must strictly follow the public health guidelines.  
 Surat ThaniArrivals from Samut Sakhon are to report to the local public health office.   Individuals who visited the COVID-19 risk areas are to enter a 14-day quarantine.   Mass gathering events with more than 300 participants must strictly follow the public health guidelines.  
 Phang NgaClosure of fighting cock facilities, horse racetracks, and flea markets.   Cancellation or postponement of New Year activities, or organise under strict public health guidelines.  
 PhuketCancellation of mass gathering events and activities, sport tournaments, and walking streets.  
 KrabiClosure of massage shops, spas, fitness centres, pubs, bars, karaoke, café, snooker and billiard tables, from 28-30 December, 2020.   Closure of educational facilities, games and internet shops, boxing stadiums, fighting cock and bull facilities from 28 December, 2020, until 3 January, 2021.   Mass gathering events and activities can only be held under the approval from the local public health office.   Travellers are welcome but must strictly follow the public health guidelines.  
 Nakhon Si ThammaratFollow the public health guidelines.  
 TrangSetting up of 4 checkpoints for arrivals and departures by road.  
 PhatthalungAvoid mass gatherings. Postponement of New Year activities.  
 SatunClosure of boxing stadiums, fighting cock and bull facilities, and billiard tables.   Arrivals from the highly controlled and controlled areas are to report to the local administration or public health office and enter a 14-day quarantine.   Arrivals from other areas, with known infections, are to refrain from leaving their residences.  
 SongkhlaFollow the public health guidelines.  
 Pattani, Yala, NarathiwatArrivals from the COVID-19 risk areas are to report to the local administration or public health office.   Cancellation of mass gathering events, including New Year countdown activities.  
WestKanchanaburiArrivals from COVID-19 risk areas are to report to the local administration or public health office.   All attractions and accommodation are open as usual. Transport is also operating as usual, except on the routes between Kanchanaburi and Samut Sakhon.  
 RatchaburiCancellation of mass gathering events.   Closure of boxing stadiums, fighting cock and bull facilities, and billiard tables.   Closure of educational facilities from 26 December, 2020, until 3 January, 2021.  
 PhetchaburiStepping up of COVID-19 control measures, including strict screening of arrivals.  
 Prachuap Khiri KhanStepping up of COVID-19 control measures, including strict screening of arrivals.   Individuals who visited the COVID-19 risk areas are to report to the local administration or public health office.  
EastPrachin BuriStepping up of COVID-19 control measures.   Individuals who visited the COVID-19 risk areas are to report to the local administration or public health office.    
 Sa KaeoClosure of COVID-19 risk areas, including boxing stadiums, fighting cock and bull facilities, and karaoke.   Cancellation of mass gathering events, including the New Year countdown and events with more than 200 participants.   Events with more than 50 participants must seek approval from the local public health office 24 hours in advance.   Ban on consumption of alcoholic beverages at entertainment venues, including pubs, bars, and restaurants from 29 December, 2020, until 5 January, 2021.  
 ChachoengsaoStepping up of COVID-19 control measures.  
 Chon BuriIndividuals who visited the COVID-19 risk areas are to report to the local administration or public health office.  
Closure of fighting cock facilities and boxing stadiums. Entertainment venues, including pubs, bars and karaoke can serve food only. Dancing is not allowed.   Mass gathering events must seek approval from the local public health office.  
 RayongStepping up of COVID-19 control measures. Closure of entertainment venues, educational facilities, and theme parks in 6 COVID-19 risk districts.   Food outlets and restaurants are allowed to offer take-home services and are prohibited from selling alcoholic beverages.  
 ChanthaburiStepping up of COVID-19 control measures.   Individuals who visited the COVID-19 risk areas are to report to the local administration or public health office and enter a 14-day self-quarantine.  
 TratStepping up of COVID-19 control measures.  

In light of the current resurgence of local transmission, the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has classified individual provinces depending on the level of the COVID-19 risk.

The “highly controlled areas” refer to provinces where a high number of local cases have been detected in more than one area. Provinces marked as “controlled areas” either have a border with a highly controlled area province or have more than 10 new cases.

Provinces identified as “areas under high surveillance” are those with less than 10 cases yet have measures in place to control the community spread.  Provinces marked as “areas under surveillance” have no new infections and no indication of community transmissions due to diligent contact tracing.

The CCSA has issued guidelines to cancel all activities, except for online ones, in the highly controlled areas. For the controlled areas, no public activities except ones that limit the number of participants, or are all known contacts or considered as online activities. The areas under high surveillance and areas under surveillance that can organise activities but must really downsize and have measures in place to control social distancing and the density of participants.

New Year 2021 activities have been cancelled or gone virtual nationwide to avoid large gatherings according to the Royal Thai Government’s guidelines. Please check with local TAT offices or event organisers for updates.

TAT would like to take this opportunity to remind all to wear masks when in public, maintain social distancing, and wash hands frequently so everyone can enjoy the festive holiday season safely and in good health.

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