Bangkok welcomes fully vaccinated guests in October

Thai tourism authorities plan to allow tourists to receive a full course of Covid-19 vaccine to Bangkok and four provinces next month.

Foreign tourists who have completed the course of Covid-19 vaccination from October 1 can go to Bangkok and 4 provinces of Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan without having to isolate for two weeks at the hotel, the General Department of Tourism Thailand on September 10 said.

These 5 localities will apply the sandbox model, piloted since July on Phuket island, whereby visitors must stay in a certain area after arrival and must be tested for nCoV.

Another 21 tourist destinations will apply the sandbox model from the end of October, including Chiang Rai, Sukhothai and Rayong.

The plan to welcome foreign tourists back comes as Thailand seeks to save the tourism industry, which accounts for one-fifth of the country’s national income.

Thai health workers inject vaccines to people at a mobile vaccination site in Bangkok on September 8.  Photo: AFP.

However, the third and deadliest outbreak related to the Delta variant in Thailand has not completely subsided. The Tourism Authority of Thailand warned that it may change its decision to welcome tourists according to the sandbox model. Thailand recorded more than 1.3 million infections and nearly 14,000 deaths, the number of new cases per day recently stood at 14,000.

Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, a spokesman for the Thai government, said that the island of Phuket has welcomed more than 29,000 tourists who completed the course of Covid-19 vaccination according to the sandbox model, bringing in more than 50 million USD in revenue. Thailand also reopened three other islands, Samui, Tao and Phangan with slightly tighter restrictions than Phuket.

Thailand’s plan to revive the tourism industry is also affected by the advice of some countries not to go to this Southeast Asian country, including the UK and the US, due to the high number of infections and vaccination rates. short. About 38% of the Thai population received at least one dose of the vaccine and 16% have completed the full course.

Nguyen Tien (Follow AFP)

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