Thailand’s government is sticking to its October 1st reopening plan


Thailand’s Minister of Tourism told a press conference yesterday that Bangkok and 4 other provinces will open to foreign tourists on October 1st, 2021. Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Bangkok will start implementing their tourist reopening as planned.

Chiang Rai Province and 20 other provinces in Thailand will follow on October 15, 2021.

Mr Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn also dispelled doubts whether the government could proceed with its plan given the ongoing Delta Variant situation.

Thailand’s Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul also said at the press conference that his ministry was fully prepared for the reopening on October 1st.

Meanwhile, Phetchaburi Provincial Deputy Governor Natthawut Phetpromsorn said Tuesday his province was ready to reopen to foreign tourists on October 1. Health officials have put in place effective Covid-19 controls to reduce the threat of new coronavirus infections.

Strict Covid-19 control measures remain in place to contain clusters of infections, he said. With Covid19 cases falling, Phetchaburi province may reopen to tourism on October 1, in line with the government’s plan, he said.

He said foreign tourists can be confident that popular destinations in Phetchaburi Province are safe and virus case-free. Tourists could enjoy their stay in the province.

The head of the public health department said 54% of the target groups in Phetchaburi province were vaccinated. Mainly people aged 60 and over and people with one of seven underlying diseases and pregnant women.

Vaccination would hit 70% if more coronavirus vaccines arrived, said Dr. Phetchakit Thaensawat.

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