The reopening of Thailand to foreign visitors started in July with the Phuket Sandbox and slowly additoonal areas were added to the available areas.
By October the Sandbox extension was in place allowing fully vaccinated foreign travellers to spend their first 7 days in Phuket before being able to visit other areas including Khao Lak and parts of Krabi.
Official figures have now been released which showed that 20,272 foreign visitors entered Thailand during October. Figures also showed that in the first 10 months of 2021 there were 106,117 arrivals.
In the first two and a half months of 2020, before lockdown, Thailand reported 6.7 million foreign tourists.
Restrictions were relaxed from 1st November when fully vaccinated travellers from 63 countries were allowed to visit quarantine-free, apart from a short hotel quarantine on arrival as they wait for results of a Covid-19 test.
Official estimates predict 200,000 foreign visitors for 2021, demonstrating that they are expecting numbers to only gradually increase before the end of the year.
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