Visitors to Bangkok will be allowed to travel within the city for 7 days rather than being isolated in a hotel as before. After 7 days, you will be able to travel to other provinces besides Bangkok. International visitors still have to pay for the PRC test themselves and have to download a tracing app called Mor Chana.
The Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports expects at least 1 million international tourists to visit Bangkok this year. The ministry said that entering Bangkok without having to be quarantined would benefit the whole country as tourists often choose Bangkok as their first destination before going to other provinces.
In addition to Bangkok, more than 20 other provinces, including Chonburi, Petchaburi and Chiang Mai also plan to welcome international visitors back next month, preparing for the peak tourist season in the fourth quarter of this year. It is expected that Thailand will reopen nationwide without quarantine in January next year.
International visitors still have to pay for the PRC test themselves and have to download a tracing app called Mor Chana.
Why did Thailand decide to open Bangkok tourism next month?
Determining to live with the pandemic, right from the beginning of September, Thailand has begun to relax the epidemic prevention measures at shopping malls, restaurants, and stadiums in Bangkok, but the reopening of tourism will This is a huge step and can be potentially dangerous.
The Thai government decided to open the capital Bangkok because in recent days, Thailand continuously recorded the number of new COVID-19 infections in Bangkok in particular and the whole country in general tended to decrease. Second, by the middle of next month, 70% of Bangkok’s population will have completed two vaccinations against COVID-19.
In addition, when opening tourism, Thailand also introduced strict regulations for visitors such as having to have round-trip air tickets, buying medical insurance for COVID-19 treatment with a minimum payment limit. 100,000 USD (more than 2 billion VND), including inpatient treatment, during travel or visitors 18 years of age or older must receive a full dose of COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand or the Organization World Health approved.
When opening to tourism, Thailand also introduced strict regulations for visitors
According to the Phuket government, out of more than 32,000 international visitors to the resort island under the Phuket Sandbox program since July, only 91 people (0.28%) have tested positive. against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and mainly the Delta variant. Most of the community infections in Phuket are Thais and migrant workers. With the 7+7 model, many tourists, after staying 7 days in Phuket, have continued to nearby provinces and cities such as Surat Thani, Phangnga or Krabi for tourism.
According to statistics from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, tourists have booked 7,135 nights at hotels in these three provinces. Thus, it can be seen that the Phuket Sandbox model not only benefits the tourism industry of Phuket province, but other provinces also benefit from this program.
In Thailand, the tourism industry contributes up to 20% of GDP. Therefore, the pressure to open tourism in Thailand is much greater than in other countries. However, that does not mean that the opening took place in a hurry. For example, when Phuket opened, tourists were initially required to stay on the island for 14 days before being allowed to go to other provinces, and then gradually withdrew to 7 days. The experience from the Phuket model will be extremely useful to other tourist destinations throughout Thailand when opening in the next period.