More than 31,000 foreign visitors have so far taken advantage of the Test & GO, quarantine-free, travel arrangements since they began on 1st November according to official figures. An additional 10,000 have entered through the Sandbox programme.
The numbers have been welcomed by senior figures in Thailand but still remain well below pre-pandemic levels for the time of year.
Numbers are expected to continue to increase as we head towards Christmas as people have more confidence to travel, additional time to plan their trips, as well as increased travel options. 18 airlines have resumed flights to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport since the 1st November and 19 airlines are flying to Phuket this month.
More than 170,000 people have so far applied for the Thailand Pass, of which more than 134,000 have been approved.
Less than one quarter of a percent of all foreign visitors under the scheme have so far tested positive for Covid-19.
Pilot Tourist Destinations or blue zone provinces
Central Region: Bangkok; and Southern Region: Krabi, Phang-Nga, and Phuket, as well as the designated areas in 13 other provinces.
Pilot Tourist Destinations or blue zone provinces can open with “New Normal” operations which means that all shopping venues, convenience stores, markets, cinemas and theatres, sports venues, hair salons and barbershops, massage and spa shops, beauty and aesthetic clinics, and tattoo shops can all open.
Restaurants and eateries can also resume normal opening hours. Meetings, events, and fairs can be also held normally with no limitation on the number of attendees.
In Bangkok, more restaurants and eateries will be able to serve alcohol from Tuesday 16th November as venues holding the “Thai Stop Covid Plus” certification will be allowed to serve alcoholic beverages in the same manner as businesses that have SHA (Safety and Health Administration) certification. Sales will still be restricted until 9pm.
Northern Region: Nan; and Northeastern Region: Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, and Sakhon Nakhon.
Yellow zone areas have very similar measures in place with the exception for events and activities that must be organised with the number of attendees capped at below 1,000
Provinces in the red and orange zones have also seen the COVID-19 restrictions being relaxed further, with malls, markets, convenience stores, and cinemas being allowed to resume normal hours.
Central Region: Chai Nat and Sing Buri; Northern Region: Kamphaeng Phet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Phayao, Phrae, Sukhothai, Uthai Thani, and Uttaradit; Northeastern Region: Amnat Charoen, Buri Ram, Chaiyaphum, Kalasin, Maha Sarakham, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Loei, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Nong Khai, Roi Et, and Yasothon
Restaurants and eateries in the orange zone can resume normal hours while in the red and dark-red zones they must close at 23.00 Hrs. and 22.00 Hrs., respectively. Sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages remains prohibited in the orange, red and dark-red zones.
Central Region: Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Lop Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ratchaburi, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Saraburi, and Suphan Buri; Eastern Region: Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Prachin Buri, Rayong, Sa Kaeo, and Trat; Northern Region: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nakhon Sawan, Phichit, Phitsanulok, and Phetchabun; Northeastern Region: Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, and Udon Thani; and Southern Region: Chumphon, Phatthalung, Ranong, Satun, Surat Thani, and Trang.
Businesses and activities in the 6 remaining dark-red zone provinces can resume normal hours but no later than 22.00 Hrs., as the night-time curfew (from 23.00 – 03.00 Hrs.) remains in place for another 15 days or until 30th November.
Dark Red Zones
Northern Region: Tak, and Southern Region: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla, and Yala.
Meetings and events in the red and dark-red zones can be organised for less than 500 attendees. Meanwhile, provinces in the orange zone can arrange more engaging activities; such as, sports tournaments, food fairs, and the likes for no more than 1,000 attendees.
Measures for the designated blue zone areas in 13 other provinces will be according to the provincial colour-zoning.
Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand & Bangkok Post
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