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Pattaya tourism remains open without quarantine, for now anyway

Neill Fronde

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FILE PHOTO: Pattaya welcomes tourists.

As province after province closes down more sectors, imposing stricter regulations, administers mandatory Covid-19 testing, and enacts quarantines for domestic travellers (in some cases), Pattaya is taking a different approach: heartily welcoming tourists to their city.

Colourful Pattaya Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome spoke yesterday saying that everyone from everywhere is welcome in Pattaya, and will not be required to quarantine or self-quarantine for 2 weeks. The lack of isolation may encourage travellers depressed over cancelled Songkran holiday festivities and trips.

But the decision os not his The Governor of Chin Buri will be making the call whether to impose additional restrictions for people coming to Pattaya, especially from the 3 hot zone districts in Bangkok.

But he maintains, rather than shutting down completely, the city of Pattaya had called upon all of its employees to work together to create an environment safe for tourists. The staff are deployed throughout the city to implement and enforce Covid-19 safety protocols and monitor them to make sure locals and tourists follow regulations and keep Pattaya safe from Coronavirus spread.

While bars, nightclubs, and massage shops remain necessarily closed by order of the CCSA, Pattaya city officials are working hard to keep popular tourism areas like Koh Larn and Pattaya Beach Road open to travellers to enjoy. City hall is working with volunteers and local police and enacting measures like allowing parking on both sides of the beach roads to try to help tourists and vendors in Pattaya to have a safe and enjoyable Songkran holiday.

This alternative approach stands in stark contrast to most of the rest of the nation where Songkran celebrations were cancelled and semi-lockdowns are in place. 2 days ago 37 Thai provinces imposed a 14 day quarantine on travellers from Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathum and Samut Prakan – areas around Bangkok that are now considered a Red Zone for Covid-19 infections.

Phuket is currently another holdout, with minimal restrictions on tourists visiting, for the time being anyway.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

 

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13 Comments

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    Bohart

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    Time will tell…

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    toby andrews

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Misleading No quarantine for Thais.
    !4 days for foreigners right?

    • Thaiger

      Thaiger

      Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 8:44 pm

      Wrong. Again.

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    Bill

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 3:55 am

    Naturally acquired herd immunity is ultimately the best way to move forward. Lockdowns are counter-productive in this respect. Isolate the old and sick and start having covid parties (like they did with chicken pox when I was a child)

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    Frank

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Lol what tourism… anyone lately been in pattaya.. it is dead, Monday is more busy then in the weekend lol.. and by busy I do not really mean busy, because it is dead and sad a ghost town… only seeing expats in a 40 baht beer bar sitting sadly alone… oh my oh my

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 11:52 am

    The article did state the mayor said everyone from everywhere is welcome in Pattaya without needing to go into quarantine.
    Yet foreigners in Thailand are pestered, tested, and quarantined if they are even red in the face.
    If I sailed into Pattaya on a yacht, would I not have to go into quarantine?
    If Thais hears a ferang’s change in his pocket jangle while walking along the road, they will throw a net over him and rush him off to quarantine for an emergency operation to remove his change.

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    Simon Small

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    So Pattaya’s “bars, nightclubs and massage parlours” are closed but “parking on both sides of beach road” is allowed.

    That’ll get tourists flooding back!

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    Jack Deans

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    Why is it impossible to get an answer to requests for holiday insurance?I have filled in the internet form several times but no response.
    I want to visit Thailand for a month next year 25th March to 19th April.

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    Simon Small

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    “Yet foreigners in Thailand are pestered, tested, and quarantined if they are even red in the face”

    Where do you dream this stuff up from, @toby andrews?

    Cambodia, where IIRC you are, quarantines anyone testing positive for Covid in the same way as Thailand just as Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Brunei, Hong Kong and parts of Indonesia including Bali do.

    Do you know of any “ferangs” who were quarantined because they were “red in the face” or “walking along the road”?

    Or any who were quarantined at all, apart from on arrival?

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    I suppose it might be because insurance for a visit to Thailand is a bad risk for an insurance company.
    The prices the hospitals charge are sky high. Plus corruption. You could go in with an ingrowing toenail and they might put your whole leg in plaster.

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Ah Simon/I john, you reveal your identity.
    You really think I am serious.
    I jest.
    Where is your sense of humour?

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    James R

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    I was staying in Rayong in 2019 so therefore no virus at the time.

    I went to Pattaya for the day and walked on the beach-road parallel to the beach and was pestered every twenty yards by women selling themselves, Pattaya is so sleazy, who would want to go there?

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    James Burke

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 2:43 am

    What is it yes or no QUARANTINE or
    Welcome with out

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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