Pattaya has become the latest area in Thailand to announce the first details of the return of foreign tourists without having to undergo quarantine.
Phuket is due to be the first area to reopen in Thailand in July, with other areas joining the “Sandbox” from October. There have already been initial details of plans in Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Koh Samui and Krabi.
Under the proposals fully vaccinated tourists would be allowed to initially visit two districts before being allowed to travel more freely after 7 days.
“Under the project, foreign tourists who have received two vaccine doses will be allowed to enter Pattaya without the need to quarantine for 14 days, though they must stay in Bang Lamung and Sattahip districts for seven days before being allowed to travel elsewhere.”Sontaya Kunplome, Mayor of Pattaya
The “Pattaya Move On” plan depends on the city being able to vaccinate at least 70% of residents prior to the planned fourth quarter of 2021 reopening.
Initially only fully vaccinated tourists from low-risk countries would be allowed. Children under 12 would be exempt from vaccination but must have a negative Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure.
For their first 7 days tourists must stay in hotels with the Thailand Safety & Health Administration [SHA] hygienic standards certification and would only be allowed to take part in agreed activities and areas. They will also need to download and use a tracking app on their phone.
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