Thailand Tourism Plans Up In The Air

The will-they, wont-they ongoing saga of the expansion of open areas for foreign tourists in Thailand continues as opposing political forces, slow vaccination rates and local concerns all have an impact.

Main picture Pattaya at night credit Mr. Autthaporn Pradidpong on Unsplash

The Thai Enquirer is reporting today that the reopening of Bangkok, orginally scheduled for 1st October and then pushed back to 15th October, will be delayed even further to 1st November. That date will still depend on vaccination rates in the capital reaching 70% of the population and infection rates falling.

Meanwhile the Bangkok Post is reporting that the delays will also affect reopening plans for Chon Buri (Pattaya), Phetchaburi (Cha Am) and Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin) due to sluggish vaccination rates.

The delays would mean that the 120-day reopening plan announced by Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha in June will have been missed.

The reports also suggested that the Chiang Mai reopening would hopefully still take place on 1st October but would initially be part of the Sandbox Extension 7+7 programme rather than being able to welcome tourists direct to the city.

There are however conflicting reports today that suggests that Pattaya will reopen as scheduled on 1st October.

There are no further updates on the additional areas scheduled to reopen as Extension 7+7 areas from 15th October.

It is increasingly clear that we will only know for sure when opening plans are officially confirmed, likely to be at the very last minute.

The uncertainty will only continue to harm the tourism industry in Thailand as most tourists will be unwilling to make bookings as plans and restrictions seem to change on an almost daily basis.

Thailand is hoping to simplify entry requirements and standardise practices in an attempt to make the country more attractive to foreign travellers.

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