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Thailand Bans Chemical Sunscreens

by kelly / August, 25 2021 01:30

Photo of a beach in Thailand

If you’re planning a trip to Thailand you might want to reconsider the sunscreen you pack. Thailand recently banned sunscreens containing any combination of four chemical UV filters that are considered harmful to coral reefs.

What Chemical Sunscreens Are Prohibited in Thailand?

Thailand is a country rich in history and beautiful beaches. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations because of its amazing sand, sea, and sun.

However, starting in August 2021, Thailand ordered all sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone, octinoxate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor, or butylparaben banned from Thailand's marine national parks.

Thailand believes that these chemicals “deteriorate coral reefs, destroy coral larvae, obstruct their reproductive system and cause coral reef bleaching."

And don’t think about trying to get by the rules (I know you wouldn’t) because any violators will face a fine up to 100,000 Thai Baht or $3,000.

Where Else in the World Are Chemical Sunscreens Banned?

Some other places in the world where chemical sunscreens are banned are:

  • Hawaii
  • Key West, Florida
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Caribbean Island of Aruba
  • Caribbean Island of Bonaire
  • Pacific Island of Palau

For even more information on the Hawaii sunscreen ban check out our posts:

Thankfully mineral sunscreens (like ours) are still more than welcome at all these destinations!

Sunscreen News

Of course as more places prevent the sale and use of chemical sunscreens, we’ll definitely let you know.

Be sure to check out our Sunscreen and Sunblock series for the latest updates and shop mineral sunscreens if you’re ever worried when packing for a trip!

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