This article was created by the IVL Property team located on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand and as of the time of publication on March 23 is found to be accurate and based on credible sources.
In these unprecedented times and with the prevalence of false information being spread on social media IVL Property advises against listening to rumours and speculation.
We will try to add updates and fresh content as it becomes available in hopes of answering your questions and protecting your health and making travel as easy as possible.
As of March 23 Thailand hasn’t closed the borders though rules are in place which make entry almost impossible such as requiring a medical certificate issued not less than 72 hours before entry showing the no trace of COVID-19. This certificate is difficult to get in some countries and unavailable in others, making entry to Thailand impossible
Another factor restricting travel to Thailand is visitors needing proof of at least $100,000 of insurance specifically covering COVID-19.
The ability to extend visas for people already in the country who can not travel home is now available without a letter from a consulate for the following countries:
Other countries may issue such a letter and should be contacted directly as these rules are constantly changing as new information becomes available and countries are getting locked down.
These resources compile empirical data on actual cases around the world and specifically in Thailand including those infected with COVID -19 and dispels rumours.
World tracker https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
Thailand Tracker (also has app) https://covidtracker.5lab.co/
First, check if you have any of the symptoms noted in the table below. If you are in a risk group or have any of the symptoms it is recommended that you get tested for COVOID-19.
Here is a list of hospitals currently offering COVOID-19 testing.
For residents and visitors to Koh Samui here are options for COVOID-19 testing.
Mostly banks in Thailand offer COVID-19 insurance with the price depending on the bank. We suggest you contact your bank directly to get the most up to date information. As of today Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) in cooperation with DEVES insurance has stopped providing insurance due to an overload in requests.
As of the time of publication Koh Samui has zero cases of COVID-19. To protect residents and tourists alike the local government has closed all schools, nurseries, public places, bars, massage shops and public events except restaurants and small shops. As of now convenience stores and supermarkets are open.
The Bangkok Governor has ordered the closure of the following from Sunday March 22 to Sunday April 12
During the Bangkok Shutdown the following will remain open.
BREAKING NEWS: The Bangkok Governor has ordered the closure of all malls and markets. Supermarkets and stalls selling food and fresh produce are allowed to stay open as well as restaurants that do takeaways. Standby for a full list of closures.
The closure across Bangkok starts on Sunday 22nd March and continues for 22 days until 12th April. Supermarkets in shopping malls and stalls selling fresh produce & food in markets are allowed to remain open. Restaurants have to switch to takeaway only.
Ministry of Public Health https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php
Bangkok Post https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand
Koh Samui Public Health Emergency Operation Center https://www.facebook.com/Samui2EOC
Here is an updated collection of useful information regarding COVID-19 policies affecting Thailand prepared by the IVL Property team on Koh Samui. Read about the most recent news that affects you directly as we move towards life in a post pandemic world. We can’t wait to invite you back to Koh Samui.