Thailand To Simplify Tourism Entry Details

Since Thailand reopened to foreign travellers with Phuket in July there has been confusion over the entry requirements for tourists.

Main picture Chiang Mai temples credit Peter Borter on Unsplash

This was only made worse when Koh Samui opened later that month with very different entry requirements. Then the Phuket Extension started with another different set of requirements.

The situation looks set to become even more complicated once further areas of the country reopen in October and Koh Samui amends its entry requirements to mirror those in Phuket.

Now however it looks as if the country is looking to simplify the situation later this year, by introducing a “One SOP, One System” (OSOS) policy that will see the end to mandatory quarantine and sealed routes.

There are also hopes that the cost of the three required PCR tests can be significantly reduced.

“Under this plan, every province will apply the same SOPs which will enable tourists to travel freely within designated areas in each province.”

“Tourists are simply required to follow the guidelines, such as activating the Mor Chana app and being checked daily by SHA Plus manager [hotel manager in SHA Plus hotel], instead of being kept in quarantine or only travelling under a tour programme.”

“We will try to halve the RT-PCR price and allow tourists to use antigen test kits for their second and third tests. The package price should be universally applied to every province from October, including the Phuket Sandbox.”

Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)

The move is unlikely to happen prior to the planned October reopening of Bangkok, Hua Hin, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Phetchaburi.

Plans in Chiang Mai and Pattaya have always been focused on specific districts within the city with sealed routes in place for the movement of tourists in the wider area.

Hua Hin is hoping to have an extended opening area but there are concerns on how movement outside of this area can be controlled.

The deputy provincial governor of Phetchaburi has confirmed that the province will be ready to reopen as planned next month.

Bangkok will see specific districts reopening with the city being divided up into 21 inner districts plus an area including Suvarnabhumi airport. It is not yet clear which of the districts will be scheduled to reopen on 1st October.

Source: Bangkok Post

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