Despite stable new Covid-19 infected cases day by day around 10,000 people in all over Thailand, The government decided to relax restriction more to boost economic activity. From Oct 16th, 2021, new measure shall be applied so let’s take a look what will be changed from previous time.
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Dark red zone areas 29 ⇒ 23 provinces
Depending on the severity of Covid-19 spreading situation, each provinces are categorized into groups and based on their groups, various rules shall be imposed.
This time, the government decided to reduce dark red zone (or maximum controlled area) from 29 to 23 provinces. 8 provinces are not required to follow strictest rules such as curfew policy while 2 provinces are now. Each provincial offices can decide its own rules, sometimes it stricter rules than those of Thai government so be careful of each rules when you visit red zone areas from dark red zone areas. I recommend you check each provincial health office for latest regulation to follow before your trip.
Dark red zone to Red zone (8 provinces)
- Nakhon Ratchasima, Ang Thong, Phetchaburi, Suphan Buri, Sing Buri, Lop Buri, Phetchabun and Prachuap Khiri Khan
These 8 provinces are now downgraded to red zone category so there is no need to follow curfew and other rules in dark red zone.
Red zone to Dark ed zone (2 provinces)
- Chanthaburi and Nakhon Si Thammarat
Considering adverse situation of Covid-19, above 2 provinces are now ranked up to dark red zones areas same as Bangkok
Complete zoning from Oct 16th, 2021
23 dark red zone provinces
Kanchanaburi, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri,Chachoengsao, Tak, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Prachin Buri, Pattani, Ayutthaya, Yala, Rayong, Ratchaburi, Songkhla, Samut Prakan, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, and Saraburi.
30 red zones provinces
Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Chai Nat, Chaiyaphum, Chumphon, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Trang, Trat, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Sawan, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phatthalung, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phetchaburi, Maha Sarakham, Ranong, Lop Buri, Si Sa Ket, Satun, Sa Kaeo, Sing Buri, Suphan Buri, Surat Thani, Surin, Ang Thong, Udon Thani, Ubon
Ratchathani, and Phetchabun.
24 orange zone provinces
Krabi, Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Phanom, Nan, Bueng Kan, Buri Ram, Phayao, Phang-nga, Phrae, Phuket, Mukdahan, Mae Hong Son, Yasothon, Roi Et, Lampang, Lamphun, Loei, Sakon Nakhon, Sukhothai, Nong Khai, Nong Bua Lamphu, Uttaradit, Uthai Thani and Amnat Charoen.
New rules in dark red zone areas
From October 16th, 2021, curfew time will be shortened in dark red zone areas. Previous time was 10 pm to 4 pm but now it changed to 11pm to 3 am. Owing to this adjustment, malls and stores are allowed to open until 10 pm while in previous times, they are shut down until 9 pm.
Social gathering is now allowed up to 50 people maximum. Convention and events can accept 500 people at most in the place.
Entertainment places such as bars and night clubs remains close. Alcohol drinks are still prohibited to serve at eating places.