Thailand: Bangkok set for Nov 21 reopening

  • Thailand is set to reopen more of its popular tourist destinations starting Oct 21, betting that a higher local inoculation rate can help draw more foreign visitors and revive an economy battered by the pandemic.
  • The reopening of Chiang Mai (Muang, Mae Rim, Mae Tang and Doi Tao districts), as well as beach resorts Pattaya, Cha-Am and Hua Hin, from 1 Oct 21 will be modelled after an initiative to bring back vaccinated tourists to Phuket, according to Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn. The plan will be proposed to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration for approval later.
  • Bangkok is also in this group but its reopening will need to be delayed to 1 Nov 21. Although 70% of people in the capital will have been fully vaccinated by the end of Sep 21, vaccinations in adjacent provinces are still lagging and expected to reach 70% by the end of Oct 21.
  • More destinations, including Chiang Rai, Koh Chang and Koh Kood, may fully reopen for visitors from mid-Oct 21, with travel bubbles planned with neighbouring countries in 2022, they said.
  • The push to end pandemic-induced restrictions on tourists is part of the new “living with Covid-19” strategy amid a raging outbreak that seeks to keep infections to a level that doesn’t overwhelm its health-care system.

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