Alternative State Quarantine Options for Returning Expats to Thailand

With the pandemic taking grips worldwide and shutting borders, it has left many people outside of the places they call home. Many overseas citizens were left stranded and many people who work overseas were left unable to get back to their homes.

Now that some countries are getting the pandemic under control, they are starting a limited opening up. Thailand is doing this for returning Thais and also those foreigners who have a work permit.

The rules and regulations on returning are quite strict. You will need to jump through many hoops but as of writing this, it is possible for foreigners to return to Thailand providing you have a valid work permit. That is good news. This post aims to share with you some of the alternative state quarantine facilities available in Thailand at this time.

What is Alternative State Quarantine?

Everyone who returns to Thailand at the moment has to go into quarantine. This is the same for returning Thai citizens and foreigners with a work permit. The returnee citizens have the option of choosing the alternative state quarantine or the government mandated facilities.

The government facilities are basic and can see you sharing a room with a stranger. The alternative state quarantine arrangements are more luxurious with some additional perks. Hotel accommodation, hotel meals and service are what you can expect. You will however have to spend money for this. Prices range from 32,000 THB up to 80,000 THB.

If you are looking to return to Thailand at this time and have a valid work permit. This is the only way to go about it so you will need to budget for this. If your employer is asking for your return then they may be willing to foot the bill, it is a conversation worth having.

What are the Alternative State Quarantine Hotel Options?

Here I will show you 5 quarantine options for accommodation. There are certain things which are standard across the packages. You are looking at 15 nights accommodation, pickup from the airport, 3 meals a day, reduced room service / minibar, access to medical staff and 2 covid-19 tests.

Option 1 – Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok

  • Price – 50,000 THB
  • 3 meals a day
  • Initial consultation with doctor
  • Daily health monitoring
  • Covid-19 testing

This is a good option for those who would like to have a comfortable quarantine. You would not be able to access the full facilities of the hotel as you will be confined to your room. A global brand like this however assures you of decent food, TV, internet and service.

Option 2 – Qiu Hotel

  • Price – 32,000 THB
  • 3 meals a day
  • Airport Transfer
  • Covid-19 testing

This is the cheapest option for quarantine and offers quite a lot of bang for your buck. The hotel is located close to the On Nut area so coming from the airport is super easy. The facilities are modern and staff friendly ready to ensure your 15 night stay is a positive one.

Option 3 – The Idle Residence

  • Price – 50,000 THB – 60,000 THB
  • 3 meals a day
  • Airport Transfer
  • Covid-19 testing
  • Partnership with Samitivej Hospital offering 24 hour care

This hotel offers a variety of different rooms so you can get a basic superior room or a spacious suite if your budget is higher. The partnership with the private hospital will ensure you are looked after during your quarantine period, the other features are pretty much the same as other providers.

Option 4 – Grand Richmond Hotel

  • Price – 55,000 THB
  • 3 meals a day
  • Airport Transfer
  • Covid-19 testing
  • Free minibar on arrival day

With a partnership with Vibhavadi Hospital with staff on 24 hour standby for guests, you can rest assured you will be looked after here. The hotel is offering the executive deluxe rooms on the 29th – 34th floor for quarantine guests. The minibar perk for day of arrival is a decent perk.

Option 5 – Royal Benja Hotel

  • Price – 45,000 THB
  • 3 meals a day
  • Airport Transfer
  • Covid-19 testing
  • Discounted room service

Located close to Bumrungrad Hospital in lower Sukhumvit, this hotel is in a location familiar with many expats. Offering much of the same features as other packages, this is a good option if you want to do your quarantine in the heart of the city.

Ready to Book?

If you are looking to come back to Thailand and fit the criteria of having a current work permit then read on. There are some other criteria that need to be met such as fit to fly certificate, insurance and a letter from your local Thai Embassy.

If you would like assistance with your return to Thailand and want more information to complete your booking, get in touch today. We’re here to help you return safely.

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