Following in the footsteps of the Phuket Sandbox. Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Hua Hin are seeking to re-open to international tourists on October 1st.
Essentially, international tourists would have to go through similar covid screen procedures like the Phuket sandbox. RT-PCR testing, stay in that province for 13 days under the so call 7+7 extension program.
25 Thai Provinces to Re-open to International Tourists
From Oct 15, 25 Thai provinces that tourists can enter via the sandbox programme as second destinations after spending seven days in one of these destinations: Phuket, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, which is Pattaya, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, which is Hua Hin and Bangkok.
So, the plan is that you can pick the first seven days to stay anywhere here ( Phuket, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, which is Pattaya, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, which is Hua Hin an ). After seven days, you get another option to stay. After that, you may stay anywhere in the country.
However, Bangkok might be postponed until November.
As of this writing, international tourists are only allowed to enter through Phuket with the Phuket sandbox program.
Thailand’s new “Living with Covid”
The push to end pandemic-induced restrictions on tourists is part of Thailand’s new “living with Covid” strategy amid a raging outbreak that seeks to keep infections to a level that doesn’t overwhelm its healthcare system.
At the same time, Thailand is ramping up its vaccination campaign. They aim to administer 500,000 shots per day.
Thailand’s Vaccination Campaign
Thai provinces aim to reach a 70% vaccination rate before re-opening. So far, about 14% of the country’s population are fully vaccinated with at least two jabs, and about 35% have had at least one jab.
Most of the provinces expected to re-open by October have a higher vaccination rate than the national average.
The Thais are aiming for herd immunity before re-opening. Still, scientists said it is impossible to halt this virus through vaccinations and antibodies in a world with the delta variant. The Delta variant will still infect people who have been vaccinated. But for now, the best thing people can do is get vaccinated as they are effectively preventing people from hospitalization and death. The vaccines are still very good at that prevention.
Once Thailand has more people vaccinated, the Thai Tourism and Sports Ministry promises to re-open the entire country without any quarantine by January 2022.
Side Effects of the Vaccine
The Thai government paid over 110 million baht to 2,875 people or families who suffered severe allergic reactions or died after getting the covid vaccine.
So far, about 23 million people have received at least one dose. Out of that, 2,875 are proven to have severe allergic reactions or died after getting the vaccine.
According to the NHSO, 2,641 people who needed regular medical treatment were paid a lump sum of 100,000 baht, 12 people who suffered disabilities were paid 240,000 baht. Families of 222 people who died were paid 400,000 baht.
The region offices at Saraburi, Ubon Ratchathani and Rayong have paid the highest compensation of 13 million baht, 11 million baht and 10 million baht, respectively.