Situation Updates

Thailand strengthens measures to contain new wave of COVID-19 infections

Effective from 18 April 2021, and likely in place for two weeks, the latest restrictions focus on businesses and activities deemed at high-risk for community transmission

Bangkok, 17 April, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the following updates to travellers regarding the Royal Thai Government’s announcement on the strengthened COVID-19 control measures to contain local transmission.

Effective from 18 April, 2021, the latest restrictions will likely be in place for two weeks. Thereafter, the government will evaluate the situation based on the number of new infections.

The latest restrictions include:

The classification of 18 provinces as “highly controlled areas” or “red zone” following a surge in community transmission. These include the capital Bangkok and (region by region) Central: Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, and Suphan Buri; East: Chon Buri, Rayong, and Sa Kaeo; North: Chiang Mai; Northeast: Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Udon Thani; South: Phuket and Songkhla, and West: Prachuap Khiri Khan and Tak.

The remaining 59 provinces are classified as controlled areas or ‘orange zone’.

Businesses and activities‘red zone’ (18 provinces)‘orange zone’ (59 provinces)
All In-person ClassesNot AllowedNot Allowed
Gatherings of More Than 50 PeopleNot AllowedNot Allowed
Pubs, Bars, Karaoke, & Massage ParloursClosedClosed
Restaurants / Food & Beverage OutletsDine-in until 21.00 Hrs.
Takeaway until 23.00 Hrs.
Dine-in until 23.00 Hrs.
Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages
at Food Outlets or Restaurants
Not AllowedNot Allowed
Shopping MallsOpen until 21.00 Hrs.Open until 21.00 Hrs.
Shops, Markets & Convenience StoresOpen 04.00 – 23.00 Hrs.Open per New Normal
Indoor/Outdoor Fitness & GymOpen until 21.00 Hrs.Open per New Normal

The public are encouraged to cancel or postpone interprovincial travel at this time, or must undergo strict screening measures, which may cause inconvenience.

Also, the public are encouraged to avoid holding social activities; such as, parties or banquets, with exception for traditional ceremonies, which must be held under strict communicable disease control measures.

Private-sector organisations are encouraged to allow work from home options.

Thailand strengthens measures to contain new wave of COVID-19 infections

The above measures may be changed depending on the situation and deemed appropriate by the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) under the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), as well as the governors of Bangkok and 76 other provinces.

In addition, the public should note that some tourist attractions are temporarily closed. Kindly refer to the following link –

TAT would like to remind all travellers to take DMHTT precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, and T – Thai Chana contact tracing application.

For regular updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand, visit the TAT Newsroom via; Facebook (; and Twitter (Tatnews_Org).

For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.

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