Thailand News Today | US investigation into Covid origins, Pattaya opens to foreigners in Q4 | May 27

Thai Airways is launching a limited number of direct flights from Europe to Phuket, 2 of the 62 people who were arrested at the alleged drug and sex party in Bangkok have tested positive for Covid-19, Pattaya officials are saying they’re ready to reopen to foreign tourists this year under a model similar to Phuket if 70% of residents are vaccinated against Covid-19 and US President Joe Biden has ordered staffers to investigate and report about the origins of the Covid-19

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  1. Regardless of when a particular part of Thailand reopens, July for Phuket or October for Pattaya (and others). It’s going to take at least a couple of months for enough places to reopen to even make it worth the trip. Some 80% of Pattaya’s tourist sector is permanently closed, who knows how much of it will reopen right away? Outside of no quarantine, we don’t even know what other requirements and restrictions will be placed on tourist just yet. Too many unknowns to be making any real plans at this point. My target will be the end of December, I’ll let someone else blaze the path through the notorious Thai bureaucracy for me.

  2. No quarantine, BUT:
    -Long, complicated COE form taking 2 weeks to process,
    -Visa time and fees,
    -Proof of vaccination,
    -PCR insurance
    -Masks worn 24/7 even at beach or restaurant
    -Anal swab PCR tests every other day,
    -Tracking ankle bracelet worn 24/7 for entire trip (cannot get wet, so no swimming or bathing allowed)
    -Holiday spent on a cardboard “bed” in a tent hospital if test positive
    -Reporting to health authorities every week
    -90% of businesses closed, others can close on at a moment’s notice
    -Rules can change overnight.

  3. Pattaya should open up now without quarantine to people who test negative and have had the 2 vaccines
    (not the Sinovac) I have a bungalow in Jomtien and have been unable to return since last March. There are a lot of renovations, extensions I want to carry out, over B1 M which would help the local economy.

  4. I agree with you EdwardV, majority of the businesses on the nightlife/entertainment venue are closed permanently and will not come back anymore.Even though no quarantine for vaccinating farangs, there are rules & regulations that need to be follow: need to have negative COVID-19 test within 3 days before departure, another negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, application for COE through Thai consulate, COVID-19 tracing apps by the local health authority weekly from the hotel you’re living which is similar to COVID-19 testing/temperature check, be sure to buy COVID-19 insurance worth $100K & finally another COVID-19 testing 3 days before leaving Thailand. I think around either Feb or Mar 2022 that normal tourism be back in Thailand.

  5. It’s all speculation I won’t plan anything yet until quarantine is zero and I can travel throughout Thailand with my lady until then I keep earning the bucks to have a Top life in the land of scam lol

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