The Thai soap opera surrounding the possible opening date of its capital area for international visitors who are fully vaccinated continues.
Thailand’s Tourism Authority told the other week that Bangkok would welcome international visitors from October 1. Then this goalpost was moved to mid-October last week by the tourism minister only to be outdone by the city’s governor, who couldn’t see Bangkok ready by that date.
According to the Bangkok Post, the governor now believes that they should have reached the 70% double vaccination level in late October, and the city could then welcome tourists two weeks later IF other goals are also met.
Here are the three steps per Bangkok Post:
- One criterion, Pol Gen Aswin said, is that 70% of the city’s population must have received two doses of vaccines. Such a target is expected to be met around Oct 22 and some 7-14 days after that is when people’s immunity has been built.
- Pol Gen Aswin said the second factor for reopening to proceed is if daily caseloads continue to drop and there are fewer Covid-19 patients in hospitals. In recent days, between 2,700-2,800 daily infections have been reported.
- The final criterion is that there are fewer people with Covid-19 in hospitals, he said.
You can enter Thailand via Sandbox as I did:
- Phuket Sandbox Arrival Experience
- Phuket Sandbox “Your registration/application for COE has been confirmed”
- Thailand Phuket Sandbox Application Completed
- Thailand Phuket Sandbox COE Amendment
- Singapore Transit Experience
- Thailand Phuket Sandbox Experience – Worth It?
I would not rush to buy tickets for Bangkok anytime soon because not only is the coronavirus unpredictable, but so are the various government entities in Thailand. Sending mixed messages when the Bangkok region will reopen for international arrivals without quarantine doesn’t build any confidence among potential visitors.
Now, the governor of Bangkok is signaling that perhaps they have reached the level of vaccination, daily transmissions, and hospitalizations by mid-November that would allow quarantine-free travel.
It seems that Thailand will lose another high season unless they quickly get their act together.