Thailand plans full reopening to foreign tourists for mid-October –

Thailand is set to reopen more of its famous tourist destinations from October, betting that better local vaccination rates can help attract more foreign tourists and jump-start an economy battered by the pandemic.

The reopening of the capitals Bangkok and Chiang Mai as well as the coastal cities of Pattaya, Cha-am and Hua Hin from October 1 could be inspired by an initiative to re-deliver vaccinated travelers to Phuket, officials said. of the Ministry of Tourism.

Additional locations, like Chiang Rai, Koh Chang, and Koh Kood, could also reopen completely for tourism from mid-October. With deliberate travel bubbles with neighboring international destinations next year, they said.

The rush to end restrictions on tourists induced by the pandemic is part of Thailand’s new ‘live with covid-19’ strategy amid a raging epidemic that seeks to keep infections at a stage that no longer exists. don’t crush his health care machine.

Visitors to Thailand must be vaccinated

For Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the revival of tourism is a key precedent as it contributed about a fifth of the state’s gross domestic product in 2019, 12 months before the pandemic.

One of the key criteria for Thai resorts to waive the quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travelers is a local vaccination rate of 70%. The island of Phuket became the first province in Thailand to meet this target and reopened in July, with the system expanding to nearby islands and resort groups in the month it is closed.

Thailand has said its Phuket sandbox is an accomplishment and the system could be emulated across the United States. More than 26,000 vaccinated tourists used the Phuket sandbox in the first few months of its creation.

Producing 1.6 billion baht ($ 49 million) in tourism sales, Phuket officials said. Far less than 1% of visitors to the site have tested positive for the virus even though nearby covid-19 infections have spread.

Thailand has fully vaccinated about 14% of its population, while 35% have received their first vaccines. Most of the visitor sites chosen for reopening already have vaccination rates higher than the national average and are expected to further bolster the country average with increasing vaccine availability, health ministry officials said.

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