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Thailand Announces Four-Phased Opening Plan For Vaccinated Tourists


The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) of Thailand has said that the country will open up for fully vaccinated international tourists in four phases between October and January.  

Between October 1 and 31, four beach destinations will be re-opening in the pilot phase. They include Phuket, and parts of Krabi, Surat Thani, and Phang Nga. A couple of new areas in Krabi – Khlong Muang and Thap Khaek have been designated for reopening as well.

Although foreign tourists have been coming to certain places in these provinces from July onwards, a full reopening will happen only in October, for which vaccination programmes have been undertaken in full swing.

The second phase between November 1 and 30 will see the reopening of 10 more places, including the entire Bangkok, Krabi and Phang-Nga, as well as specifically designated areas in Buri Ram, Chon Buri, Loei, Chiang Mai, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Ranong.

In the third phase during the entire month of December, a further 20 provinces, which are popular for art and culture or are located on the border or are tourism-driven, will open up.

They are   Ayutthaya, Khon Kaen, Lamphun, Chiang Rai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Mae Hong Son, Narathiwat, Nong Khai, Pathum Thani, Phatthalung, Phetchabun, Phrae, Rayong, Samut Prakan, Sukhothai, Songkhla, Trang, Trat, and Yala.

In the fourth phase in January 2022, 13 border provinces will be reopened. They are Bueng Kan, Chanthaburi, Kanchanaburi, Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom, Nan, Ratchaburi, Sa Kaeo, Satun, Surin, Tak, Ubon Ratchathani, and Udon Thani.

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