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Quarantine being lifted, more provinces being opened

Quarantine being lifted, more provinces being opened

BANGKOK: There will be no quarantine for fully vaccinated air travellers from five countries from Nov 1, and destinations in more provinces will also be opened to foreign tourists.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 15 October 2021, 08:30AM


Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed Thailand is ready to lift quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers from five countries from Nov 1, and open more provinces to visitors. Image: Screenshot / via Bangkok Post

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed Thailand is ready to lift quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers from five countries from Nov 1, and open more provinces to visitors. Image: Screenshot / via Bangkok Post

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said the CCSA resolved on Thursday (Oct 14) to allow in fully vaccinated visitors from Britain, the United States, Germany, Singapore and China if they pass an RT-PCR test before arrival ‒ for an initial period from Nov 1 to Dec 31, reports the Bangkok Post.

Travellers from these five countries were considered as having low-risk of COVID-19 infection. They would not have to quarantine.


NOTE: In the English-language press briefing after the CCSA meeting yesterday, Natapanu Nopakun, Deputy Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, emphasised that the CCSA General Meeting did not finalise the list of low-risk countries that will be able to enter Thailand without any quarantine. The agreement was “in principle only”.


The number of destinations opened to tourists would also expand from four provinces ‒ Phuket and parts of Surat Thani, Phang Nga and Krabi provinces ‒ to 17 provinces of economic significance. This would include all of Bangkok, Samut Prakan (only Suvarnabhumi airport), Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin district) and all of Krabi and Phang Nga, Dr Taweesilp said.

From Dec 1,  another 16 major provinces would reopen, including Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Lamphun, Phrae and Sukhothai.

The operations committee of the CCSA had yet to finalise the entire list of the additional provinces, Dr Taweesilp said.

The CCSA’s briefing on Thursday afternoon started with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirming that Thailand was ready for reopening in two weeks.

“Many countries want to let their citizens visit Thailand… It will be a small start, for people to resume earning a living,” the prime minister said.

Ministers and senior representatives of the government and the private sector were also present for the announcement at Government House.

Dark-red zones cut, controls eased

On Saturday (Oct 16) the number of dark-red provinces of maximum and strict COVID-19 control will fall from 29 to 23, the night curfew will be shortened and more businesses can resume, the CCSA also announced on Thursday.

The number of red provinces of maximum control will also decline, from 37 to 30, and orange-coded provinces rise from 11 to 24, the Bangkok Post noted in a separate report.

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There will be no other provinces zoned for COVID controls.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp said the 23 dark-red provinces will be Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Chachoengsao, Tak, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Narathiwat, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Prachin Buri, Pattani, Ayutthaya, Yala, Rayong, Ratchaburi, Songkhla, Samut Prakan, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon and Saraburi.

The 30 red zones will be Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Chai Nat, Chaiyaphum, Chumphon, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Trang, Trat, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Sawan, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phatthalung, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phetchaburi, Maha Sarakham, Ranong, Lop Buri, Si Sa Ket, Satun, Sa Kaeo, Sing Buri, Suphan Buri, Surat Thani, Surin, Ang Thong, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani and Phetchabun.

The 24 orange provinces will be Krabi, Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Phanom, Nan, Bung Kan, Buri Ram, Phayao, Phang Nga, Phrae, Phuket, Mukdahan, Mae Hong Son, Yasothon, Roi Et, Lampang, Lamphun, Loei, Sakon Nakhon, Sukhothai, Nong Khai, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Uttaradit, Uthai Thani and Amnat Charoen.

In dark-red zones, the curfew will be from 11pm to 3am for at least the next 15 days, instead of the present 10pm-4am.

Convenience stores and markets could open until 10pm and also reopen their amusement zones.

Cinemas, eateries, theatres, stadiums, public parks and shopping centres could stay open until 10pm.

Daycare centres for elderly people could reopen and all public transport vehicles could utilise all passenger seats.

Trade, convention and exhibition centres and the likes at hotels and department stores could organise meetings of up to 500 people, but food would have to be in individual servings, people must wear face masks and meetings be limited to two hours duration and end by 10pm.

Shopping centres, except those in dark-red zones, will be able to reopen game arcades but not water parks or amusement parks.

Limits for participants in gatherings will be raised to 50 in dark-red zones, 100 in red zones and 200 in orange zones.

Entertainment places will remain closed, including pubs, bars and karaoke shops, because of the high risk of disease transmission, Dr Taweesilp said.

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Kurt | 16 October 2021 - 10:25:57

@Dave_C, See it this way. They just mentioned 5 countries what came up in their mind. Just 'no research, no thinking' bla-bla. It's not considered to be taken serious. Many foreigners take Thai officialdom to serious in their sayings. It all has to be taken, not with a spoon, but bags of salt. Thai are very good on the 'feel good factor' in their sayings.. Is actually very supe...

Taswegian | 16 October 2021 - 10:17:31

Agree, Dave_C. Very frustrating, not only do we have closed borders here in Australia, but it would seem we still have to jump through hoops to visit Phuket! I noticed though, if you are Russell Crowe and making a movie in Thailand, things are so much easier!

Dave_C | 16 October 2021 - 08:50:48

Why is Australia not on the list of approved countries. There are significantly lower infection rates than the approved countries and a much greater potential for tourists.

Kurt | 16 October 2021 - 00:03:47

It's a plain lie that many countries want their citizens visit TH! Countries don't care were people go for holiday. Very much woolly info about shopping centers, entertainment places, etc. but hardly useful info about new implemented rules. Calls up more questions than it provide answers. As usual. Half the time they don't know what they are doing, blinded by their money thinking minds...

Kurt | 15 October 2021 - 18:56:28

What a load of untruth nonsense. Officialdom knows very well that from the 5 mentioned countries no significant number of tourists are coming. Just cheap rhetoric to keep population calm. China even doesn't allow het citizens to leave China for holidays.

CaptainJack69 | 15 October 2021 - 13:17:55

I guess that means that domestic transfers through Suvarnabhumi will be allowed?

Taswegian | 15 October 2021 - 12:09:08

Interesting "Low Risk" countries, Britain average new cases 38,000, USA 88,600, Germany 8,400, Singapore 3,000, China could be anything? Glad I'm not in a "Low Risk" country....

JohnC | 15 October 2021 - 08:59:24

When are we going to be able to read that the vaccine programme is doing Esarn provinces. Many Thais from there still can't come back to Phuket because they can't get vaccinated in their home provinces. They had to go when the work stopped but can't come back without at least 2 jabs. 
ED. A good story to investigate. When will Phuket's work force be able to return if they can'...

 

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