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Thailand to welcome visitors from 46 countries from Nov 1

Thailand to welcome visitors from 46 countries from Nov 1

BANGKOK: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha says Thailand will open the country to visitors from 46 countries instead of only 10 COVID-19 low-risk countries announced earlier, starting from Nov 1.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 22 October 2021, 12:38AM

He did not name the countries in the post on his Facebook page on Thursday evening (Oct 21), but wrote it was now necessary to speed up the opening, reports the Bangkok Post.

“If we wait until everything is fully ready, we’ll be too late. Besides, tourists may choose to go elsewhere,” read the post.

He added that he was aware the acceleration brought with it the risk of more local infections.

“But this is a risk we must take. I think, like other countries, Thailand is now better equipped to deal with the risk. And we need to learn to live with it.”

Visitors from the 46 countries, described as the first low-risk group, may enter Thailand by air without quarantine, provided they have been fully vaccinated and have evidence of pre-flight negative test results. They must also agree to take another test upon arrival.

Gen Prayut added that in the meantime the Public Health Ministry would speed up vaccinations locally.

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He urged people to adhere to the prescribed COVID-19 health measures — wearing masks, cleaning hands frequently and observing social distancing.

“I hope we can hear some good news from the upcoming long holidays,” he concluded.

On Oct 11, the prime minister said tourists from around 10 countries would be allowed to visit Thailand starting Nov 1 without quarantine under the same conditions.

According to the information at the time, they can visit 17 places. It is unclear whether the list still applies after the expanded reopening. The 17 places are:

  • Phuket
  • Surat Thani
  • Bangkok
  • Samut Prakan (Suvarnabhumi airport)
  • Krabi
  • Phang Nga
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan (Nong Kae, Hua Hin)
  • Phetchaburi (Cha-am)
  • Chon Buri (Pattaya, Bang Lamung, Jomtien, Bang Sare, Koh Sichang, Si Racha)
  • Ranong (Koh Payam)
  • Chiang Mai (Muang, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Doi Tao)
  • Loei (Chiang Khan)
  • Buri Ram (Muang)
  • Nong Khai (Muang, Si Chiang Mai, Tha Bo, Sangkhom)
    Udon Thani (Muang, Na Yoong, Nong Han, Kumphawapi, Ban Dung)
  • Rayong (Koh Samet)
  • Trat (Koh Chang)

The PM’s post was shared by local government agencies last night, followed by the official statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs identifying the 46 countries as:

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Bahrain
  4. Belgium
  5. Bhutan
  6. Brunei Darussalam
  7. Bulgaria
  8. Cambodia
  9. Canada
  10. Chile
  11. China
  12. Cyprus
  13. Czech Republic
  14. Denmark
  15. Estonia
  16. Finland
  17. France
  18. Germany
  19. Greece
  20. Hungary
  21. Iceland
  22. Ireland
  23. Israel
  24. Italy
  25. Japan
  26. Latvia
  27. Lithuania
  28. Malaysia
  29. Malta
  30. Netherlands
  31. New Zealand
  32. Norway
  33. Poland
  34. Portugal
  35. Qatar
  36. Saudi Arabia
  37. Singapore
  38. Slovenia
  39. South Korea
  40. Spain
  41. Sweden
  42. Switzerland
  43. United Arab Emirates
  44. United Kingdom
  45. United States
  46. Hong Kong

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christysweet | 24 October 2021 - 16:34:39

I didn't move to a developing  country to exploit people for sex nor do I visit  bars of  any type but it is obvious discussion of such triggers those that did.  

maverick | 24 October 2021 - 10:22:03

For those that seem concerned about infected farangs infecting the island -despite being vaccinated and tested you can always excercise your right to avoid these pesky tourists in Christys case don’t hang around in sexpat bars

Christy Sweet | 23 October 2021 - 14:58:42

With the Delta sub-variant on the rise in UK and presumably elsewhere, Russia's use of an  also dismal efficacy vaccine, watch as the case numbers break records  come December. Stocking up on the masks and zinc and can I get a third booster of AZ please?   

JohnC | 23 October 2021 - 09:28:42

Watch those daily Covid totals climb substantially as of 1st Nov. This is madness.

CaptainJack69 | 22 October 2021 - 13:08:14

Aaaargh! First it's all countries into 10 provinces, then it's 10 countries arriving anywhere, then 5, then 10 again, and now 46 and "they can visit 17 places". Demand for travel is delicate enough without colonel sanders moving the goal-posts every 30 seconds.

We know the COE is ending but what of it's replacement? We have no idea how that will work.

Kurt | 22 October 2021 - 12:31:35

Not a single word about that idiot  ridiculous  CoE certificate.

Nasa12 | 22 October 2021 - 08:34:56

It’s funny to look at that list, many of this country start a look down again. Because the wave 5 of Covid-19 starting, and the icu in many hospitals are full already sad but true. 


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