A Thai government spokesman has confirmed that a further five areas of the country will reopen to fully vaccinated, foreign tourists, from 1st November.
Main picture Tuk Tuk’s in Bangkok, Thailand credit Chris Arthur Collins on Unsplash
The areas being added to Phuket, Koh Samui (and neighbouring islands), and areas of Krabi and Phang-Nga are Bangkok, Chiang Mai (Muang, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng and Doi Tao districts), Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin district), Phetchaburi (Cha-am district) and Chon Buri (Pattaya, Bang Lamung and Sattahip districts).
The spokesperson said that only new, large clusters of Covid-19 cases would prevent the opening in any of the areas.
Bangkok is by far the most significant area as it is the gateway to the country for many travellers as well as being a key regional hub.
“Although tourists may prefer to go to the sea or mountains, almost all of them have to visit Bangkok at least once on their trips to the country.”Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, Thai government spokesperson
Previous attempts to reopen Bangkok have however seen opposition from local officials citing the slow vaccination progress and high Covid-19 cases in the city and surrounding areas.
The news follows praise for the Phuket Sandbox pilot scheme which launched on 1st July and has now been extended to further areas. As of 8th October 43,662 foreign travellers had entered the Sandbox programme, with American, Israeli, British, German and French being the top five nationalities.
“Under the Phuket sandbox, there have been no reports of transmissions between foreign visitors and Thais. Thais should therefore be confident and join us in transforming Thai tourism.”Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, Thai government spokesperson
The more restrictive Samui Plus scheme which launched on 15th July, and has now converted to a Sandbox area, has so far attracted just 907 visitors.
Source: Bangkok Post
More Good News For Thai Tourism
We recently reported on the good news that the UK had removed Thailand from its “Red List” of countries meaning that travellers could return to the UK without the need for a 10-day hotel quarantine on their return from 11th October.
The news was dampened as Thailand had remained on the list of countries that the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) were advising against travel to due to the Covid-19 situation.
This meant that very few travel insurance companies would cover travel, and those that would, were very expensive.
The FCDO is now expected to announce that the advisory will be removed at the same time as Thailand is removed from the Red List.
Thailand will now be well and truly open again to travel from the UK just in time for the fast approaching high season.
Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma) and the Philippines are also expected to see FCDO advice removed from 11th October.
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