Bangkok is scheduled to reopen to travellers for quarantine-free travel from 1st November and preparations are underway to prevent congestion at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Main picture Grand Palace Bangkok credit Amazing Thailand
All international arrivals will be required to undergo PCR testing on landing which raised obvious concerns of immense quesues and crowding once visitor numbers started to increase.
To help resolve these issues the city is planning to test visitors outside of the airport at specific swab testing centres.
The plans mean that passengers may be able to leave the airport in hotel transport and be transported to their hotel, or a partner hospital or test centre, where the swab will be taken.
Passengers will then be taken to their hotel room where they will await the results overnight.
“Bangkok’s reopening will proceed as scheduled on Nov 1, so all related parties have to tie up any loose ends before the reopening.”Thapanee Kiatphaibool, Deputy Governor for Domestic Marketing, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will facilitate a trial run of the procedures at Suvarnabhumi on 25th October.
Although initial demand is likely to be relatively low, numbers are expected to pick up quickly in December and the early months of 2022.
Meanwhile Bangkok has now achieved the required minimum vaccination rate of 70% to allow the reopening to take place. Official figures released shows that yesterday 5,437,553 people, or 70.63%, in the Bangkok Metropolitan Area were fully vaccinated.
Source: Bangkok Post
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