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Pattaya plans for reopening with no quarantine for vaccinated travellers

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Pattaya will reopen to foreign tourists this year under a model similar to Phuket… but only if 70% of residents are vaccinated against Covid-19. Local officials are seeking more vaccine doses in an effort to reach herd immunity and bring people back to one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations.

Under the plan “Pattaya, Move On,” quarantine in Pattaya would be waived for foreign travellers who are vaccinated against the coronavirus. Pattaya mayor Sontaya Kunplome says they plan to reopen to foreign tourists during the fourth quarter of the year. City officials are targeting tourists from Germany and Russia.

The mayor says only tourists who are fully vaccinated and are travelling from countries that are classified as a low risk by the Public Health Ministry will be allowed to enter Pattaya under the proposed plan. Travellers will need to stay in Chon Buri’s Sattahip and Banglamung districts, which includes Pattaya, for 14 days before travelling to other areas. During their stay, tourists will need to download a tracking application and report to health officials each week.

Children who are under 12 years old and too young to be vaccinated can enter with their families, but they must be tested for the coronavirus at least 72 hours before travelling to Thailand and they must present a Covid-free certificate.

Those travelling to Pattaya under the proposed travel model will need to stay at a hotel that is certified by the Safety and Health Administration.

The plan still needs to be presented to the Public Health Ministry and then approved by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.


  1. Music to my ears, and unlike Phuket I wouldn’t mind staying there for a week or more. Honesty to me this is a way better deal than going to Phuket in July. Thailand is going to need the extra months to get things up and running again.

  2. Another plan!
    Tourists can fly 5800 miles, and be subjected to Thai extra prices, but have to stay in the area for 14 days before going anywhere else, plus if, if, if, if, and maybe have to fly on Thai Airways, which might not fly them home, and keep their money.
    The Thais missed out an if. If the tourists will put up with this BS.

  3. A certified hotel which comes at what price? Report to health officials every week!! Anything else? I have my own place in Pattaya so obviously can’t use that so another waste of pen and paper!!

  4. “70%” of those who’ll be working in Pattaya when tourists return have already left and gone home to the provinces to their families.

    While it’s possible that “70%” of those now in Pattaya may be vaccinated by Q4, you don’t need to be an expert epidemiologist to realise that the other “70%” won’t.

    Even forgetting the tourists themselves, Pattaya’s “lifestyle” will guarantee no social distancing, no masks, and active bars and nightlife – just what’s needed for another Covid “wave”.

  5. Pattaya is a ghost town, do they really believe that someone is willing to fly 10,000 km and pay thousands of dollars to find everything closed?
    Before the international tourists they will have to make sure to bring back the tourists of Bangkok and, before the tourists, the workers of the restaurants, bars and nightlife, because Pattaya offers nothing else.

  6. More funny shiite. How would anyone know how many people are in Pattaya to establish that the magical 70% have been vaccinated. I just don’t get why anyone under even 50 would want an experimental vaccine for a flu which won’t hurt them. Forget science the death and infection statistics have proven that Covid is not a threat to any healthy human under 60 let alone 50. I wouldn’t let my kids take it! Very few countries will reach 70% without onerous compulsion. Building a natural immunity by actually catching it is by far the best option to stamp the thing out properly. Sweden must be very close to herd immunity.

  7. @luca – “Pattaya is a ghost town, do they really believe that someone is willing to fly 10,000 km and pay thousands of dollars to find everything closed?”

    That’s chicken and egg, my experience of the Thais is if there’s money around they will be there and ready for business, what we have to remember is it’s going to be a slow drip of people, there are normally loads of Indians in Pattaya, they won’t be allowed in for some time, Australians aren’t allowed to leave Australia, it’s going to be all Brits!

  8. Tourists in Pattaya are much more likely to spread STD’s than Covid.
    What does “report to health officials each week” mean? Stand in line for 3 hours or just fill out a form online?

  9. did they figure out how to prevent people entering and exiting those two districts undetected? chonburi is not an island like phuket, and roadblocks are a joke. an app on a smartphone is no guarantee, as it can be left home.

  10. @TC -They are still there. People calling covid 19 a flu harmless for people under 50/60….. Besides the heartless towards the elderly, it is nonsense. Tens of thousands of young people under 50 have died and millions have been critically ill with 10% long covid. Overcrowded crematoriums in Brazil, India, etc., the despair and sorrow in millions of families. The US with more deaths than WW2. Calling the cause a flu is unscrupulous a la the idiot in Brazil, Bolsonaro! And Sweden! The situation in Sweden is critical. Sweden now also recognizes its first stupid attitude.

  11. @jacques1976 – Because it’s a requirements that the Thai government needs due to UK, Brazil & South African variant maybe on it’s way so they are very careful. Still need to have negative COVID-19 testing 3 days prior to departure, another negative COVID-19 testing upon arrival, approved COE, $100K COVID-19 insurance & you’ll be locally check by health officials from your hotel possibility another COVID-19 testing or temperature check. Make sure to download Thai apps from your phone for contact tracing. If you don’t believe me, contact your nearest Thai consulate.

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