Thailand wants to attract more visitors to the country again from October and defuse the quarantine rules currently in force in most parts of the country for fully vaccinated people. After the largest island of Phuket, which has been receiving quarantine-free tourists who have been vaccinated again since July, other popular places such as Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin and the capital Bangkok could be opened. The plan of the tourism authority TAT is to be presented to the state Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) in the coming week, according to the newspaper “Bangkok Post” on Tuesday.
The same rules should then also apply on Ko Samui, said TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn. The island in the Gulf of Thailand had already started a vacation program for vaccinated people in mid-July – however, guests were not allowed to leave the hotel grounds for the first three days. This is probably the main reason why the rush fell far short of the authorities’ expectations.
Vacationers should then be able to travel relatively freely in the open provinces again. According to the plans, all you have to do is download a tracking app and first stay in one of the numerous certified hotels (so-called SHA Plus Hotels). In addition, they have to do a total of three corona tests in the first 14 days – however, in the future, no PCR tests, but only antigen tests will probably be required, it said.
The number of infections in the country with 70 million inhabitants is falling. On Tuesday, the authorities reported almost 11,800 new infections within 24 hours – as few as in almost two months. In mid-August the number was still at record levels of more than 22,000. The important tourism sector in the Southeast Asian country has been completely on the ground for a year and a half.