Thailand is looking to reopen its borders to vaccinated tourists by mid-October, with no quarantine requirements in place.

Yep, that means once again being able to explore its beautiful beaches, and getting to explore the amazing temples and scenery.

It will mark the first time that the country has fully reopened to international visitors, since it first closed its borders back in March 2020. Currently, there is a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a state facility for anyone who does arrive in Thailand.

Thai authorities had previously looked at schemes to entice holidaymakers back despite quarantine - such as being able to spend your self-isolation on a yacht.

The Grand Palace in Bangkok
The Grand Palace in Bangkok

Now, there are plans to reopen fully in October with no need for quarantine - provided visitors have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The country's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha revealed the news in a national address on Wednesday, in which he said that "re-opening the country is one of the important ways to start reducing the enormous suffering of people who have lost their ability to earn an income", reports Bloomberg.

While there are plans to reopen fully to tourists who are double jabbed, the holiday hotspot is already testing the return of visitors in July, as it reopens Phuket to vaccinated visitors - complete with the scrapping of quarantine.

The scheme, dubbed 'Phuket Sandbox' will begin from July 1 . According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, vaccinated tourists from countries deemed low to medium risk will be able to visit Phuket with no quarantine requirements - although they will be required to stay in Phuket for the first 14 days of their trip.

The list of countries from which visitors will be granted entry hasn't yet been confirmed.

The scheme will also be used as a model for other popular tourist hotspots in Thailand looking to reopen, ahead of the full mid-October restart.

Traditional wooden boat in a picture perfect tropical bay on Koh Phi Phi Island, Thailand
Thailand is looking to reopen to vaccinated travellers in October

There's no denying that the Thai tourism industry has taken a huge hit during the pandemic. It's estimated that Phuket lost approximately £7billion in tourism income in 2020, according to Thailand's Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA).

Currently, Thailand holidays remain off the cards for Brits as the country is on the UK's amber list. This means anyone returning to the UK will need to self-isolate for 10 days at home, with PCR tests on days two and eight (there is an option to take the second test on day five, where a negative result will release you early).

However, there is hope for holidaymakers following the news that the government is considering a plan where Brits who are fully vaccinated against Covid could be exempt from self-isolation rules when returning from amber list destinations.

At the time of writing, the Foreign Office advises against travel to certain provinces in Thailand including Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and parts of the Southern Songkhla province. You can find out more and get the latest updates in the Foreign Office's Thailand travel advice.