Thailand considering to reopen Bangkok to fully vaccinated visitors from October

 Thursday, September 16, 2021 

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After experimenting with the Phuket Sandbox scheme, Thailand is now considering to reopen Bangkok to fully vaccinated visitors from October. Under the sandbox scheme, tourists will need to stay within a certain area for seven days after arrival and undergo Covid tests.

The scheme was first initiated in Phuket, but Indians were not allowed to travel during that time due to the Delta variant of COVID-19. Thisis expected to change with the Bangkok Sandbox with Thailand allowing all travelers with double vaccination to enter the country.

The decision to open Bangkok for tourists is expected to salvage the kingdom from the harsh effects of the pandemic. Before Covid, tourism comprised a fifth of Thailand’s national income but imposition of travel restrictions tocombat the virus made the usual flow of foreign visitors decrease to almost nothing, thereby making the economy suffer the worst in over 20 years.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has said that from October 1, fully vaccinated foreign travellers will be able to visit Bangkok and four other provinces without having to go for two weeks’ hotel quarantine. Instead, the five areas — also including Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi and PrachuapKhiri Khan Provinces — are expected to follow a “sandbox” model of the type put in place since July in the holiday island of Phuket.

Later in October, 21 more destinations will be added to the list including Chiang Rai, Sukhothai and popular seaside getaway Rayong.

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