Going home to ole Blighty will become more difficult Monday – and impossible for noncitizens.
That’s when Thailand will join the British government’s “red” list of no-travel nations due to the deepening COVID-19 crisis.
It means entry will only be allowed to British or Irish nationals who pass a pre-flight COVID test and book a quarantine hotel stay during which they will take two more tests.
That will make for at least seven COVID tests for thousands of Brits currently on Phuket for the sandbox program. Travelers from the United Kingdom were a close second to those from the states.
“Just as Covid cases have started falling the UK designates Thailand as red. What innumerate numpties!” reflected David Stanton in a Facebook group dedicated to discussing Phuket travel.
Canada, Finland, Switzerland and Lithuania were among seven locales returning to “green” status and seeing the rules relaxed. Earlier this month, the United States urged its citizens to avoid travel to Thailand.
Thailand reported an additional 18,702 cases this morning, a number which has been trending downward since peaking mid-August. That improvement has yet to be reflected in the number of fatalities – 273 deaths were reported.
For more information, scope the deets from the U.K. Transportation Department.
This article, UK puts Thailand on travel ‘red’ list, quarantine required, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.