Early Reopening Of Chiang Mai Being Planned

As part of the Thailand Sandbox reopening plan Phuket is due to open to vaccinated travllers without the need for quarantine from 1st July. 10 other provinces are due to follow suit from October.

Main picture Chiang Mai credit Tim Durgan on Unsplash

Chiang Mai however is hoping to reopen to international tourists from August in a limited way before a wider reopening in October.

At the start of May we reported on tentative plans in Chiang Mai to welcome tourists back to Mae Rim and Mae Taeng districts from October.

The planning has now progressed and the province now is looking at allowing fully vaccinated tourists to visit Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Doi Tao and Muang districts from 1st August.

The Chiang Mai Sandbox would require foreign tourists to use recognised travel packages and once in the city would be limited to “sealed routes” visiting approved attractions as part of organised groups.

All international tourists would be required to take PCR Covid-19 tests on arrival and stay in SHA-certified hotels. They would be restricted to the four districts for the first 7 days of their stay and then, if the test negative for Covid-19, will be allowed to travel more freely. They must have approved insurance and download and use the Thai tracing app CM-Chana.

Under the plan the rest of Chiang Mai province would then reopen from 15th October.

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The plan will be submitted to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA) for approval by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

The plan relies on government approval and would only be allowed to start if at least at least 70% of residents in the four districts were vaccinated by the end of July.

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