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Thailand government hopes to reopen by October



Thailand is hoping to open its doors to the world by October this year, according to an assistant spokesperson at the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. But there are still several hoops to jump through, with the spokesperson treading carefully with her words.

Apisamai Srirangsan made the announcement but said the revelation was just a goal and “not a set decision or promise.” She says the shift to reopening would hopefully start in April, seeing reduced quarantine times and more “freedom of quarantine.” The pending changes would be part of the Phase 2 rollouts, with Phase 3 being marked by completely reopening the country.

Apisamai says such a decision would be announced well in advance, taking the tourist industry into consideration as they would need time to prepare. Despite the quarantine possibly being eradicated, she says is isn’t clear if the reopening would only be for those vaccinated tourists.

She went on to say that the reopening was also dependent upon other countries’ Covid situations, as well as the vaccine situation and the status of safety measures by airlines. A reopening could also exclude certain countries if they still have a high rate of Covid infections. Earlier this week, the CCSA noted that Africa would not be included in the reduced quarantine program as the continent has seen multiple variants of the virus pop up.

Apisamai says even if the country isn’t fully reopened by October, it could still see a wider opening, just in time for Thailand’s high season. The decision will be mulled over during several meetings next Monday, March 15 with the CCSA. Next Tuesday and Friday, meetings will also be held with the Thai Cabinet.

Recently, the CCSA has indicated that Thailand has successfully controlled the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, as daily new infections have dropped to the double-digits.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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  1. Jason

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    I think the Thai Government needs to start making pronouncements. Not the CCSA. Not TAT (neither of whom seem to have any sense of direction or authority in policy making). But rather the Thai Government. Not rumours or conjecture but a plan to reopen. A plan that will give a sense of certainty to it’s own tourism industry, to international tourists, to hoteliers and it’s own citizens. Now that vaccines are available and in growing number and from a variety of suppliers, the Thai Government needs to formulate a roadmap out of the pandemic to a new normal.

  2. Tony

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Get rid of Anutin

  3. EdwardV

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    I think chances are pretty good for an October reopening. At a minimum for vaccinated tourists willing to stay in the five tourist areas (the ones being prioritized for vaccinations). Hopefully its wider than that, but at this point beggars can’t be choosers. It will be interesting to see how they patchwork this out with the various countries and their vastly different vaccination and infection rates. October works just fine with me.

  4. Jeff Vassallo

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 12:47 am

    The best way forward is simple. In conjunction with its ailing airline, routes into thailand
    must be direct route with no stopovers from each country marked as a minimal risk. eg; N.Z
    Australia etc.
    I think a 7 day quarantine is ok as, it is not known if a vaccinated person can still transmit the virus. A test at departure and arrival would also reduce the possibilities of transmission.
    Thirdly, the quarantine hotels must be designated for tourists from each Country, not a cesspool
    of countries in the one hotel. One hotel – one country or two hotels – one country.

  5. Tim

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 3:08 am

    It’s just wishful thinking. Thai government thought about creating travel bubbles last year, which didn’t go ahead. I don’t think the vaccine is going to work. Because of virus variants, how long the vaccine will work, effectiveness etc. Either you open for economic reasons, or close borders to protect your own people. That’s the dilemma.

  6. Nipral

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 6:47 am

    get rid of all of them !

  7. Maverick

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 8:11 am

    Baby steps – after the number of about turns performed by Western Governments one can fully understand the caution , an aspirational goal of Oct 1 when high season supposedly kicks off is reasonable. Allows at least for plans around Christmas and NY with minimal risk if Oct date slips slightly. Tourism is only part of it, families which to plan especially those who have been separated

  8. Dreqo

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Perhaps Oct of 23.

  9. James McLoughlin

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Reducing the quarantine from 14 days to 7 will do almost nothing to increase tourism. Perhaps a few long-term ex-pats looking to return would put wuth it but very few others are going to endure that deep a cut into their vacation time. I think proof of vaccination, a current Covid test and a maximum of three days in quarantine is enough. I would go back in May if they do that.

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