Thailand Reopens Five More Locations to Vaccinated International Tourists
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi, and Prachuap Khiri Khan will reopen under the newly updated "universal preventative" restrictions.
The Thai government has declared plans to reopen the country in stages, beginning with the reopening of Phuket, Surat Thani, Krabi, and Phang-Nga. Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi, and Prachuap Khiri Khan last October 1.
Another 21 venues had reopened in mid-October across the country. Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Phrae, and Sukhothai are the northern provinces; Bueng Kan, Nong Khai, Ubon Ratchathani, and Udon Thani are the northeastern provinces; Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi are the western provinces; Chanthaburi, Rayong, and Trat are the eastern provinces; and Ayutthaya is the central province.
Thailand's fourth phase of reopening is scheduled to begin in January 2022, with 13 border districts reopening under travel bubbles with neighboring nations.
The reopening of 43 provinces in Thailand will be covered by all four phases.
Mr. Thanakorn also validated the effectiveness of the Phuket Sandbox program during the last two months, which earned 1,634 million Baht in tourism revenue based on the average cost of a visitor's holiday, which was 61,894 Baht.
Meanwhile, the Royal Thai Government plans to promote domestic tourism through two incentive programs: Rao Thiao Duai Kan (We Travel Together) and Tour Thiao Thai. Registration for travel beginning in October, when Thailand's high season begins, is due to open this month.
The final component of the 'We Travel Together' campaign will subsidize 40% of the hotel room or flight expenses, as well as provide a daily e-voucher worth 600 Baht. Meanwhile, the government will subsidize 40% of the Tour Thiao Thai stimulus payment, or up to 5,000 Baht per person, for packaged excursions.