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Thailand Prepares To Reopen Borders For Vaccinated Travellers Starting October

As part of the country’s phased reopening, Thailand has announced the easing of international borders to allow the entry of vaccinated travellers starting October. Here’s all that we know about it so far. By Bayar Jain

According to an official news release by the Royal Thai Government available on Thailand Tourism’s official website, the country has decided to reopen its borders for vaccinated travellers starting October 1. However, this phase of easing has been planned for select cities, namely Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi, and Prachuap Khiri Khan.

In the issued statement, Government Spokesperson Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana states this easing reflects the prime minister’s larger phased reopening plan. “This October reopening will be launched alongside with the country’s newly adjusted ‘universal prevention’ guidelines against COVID-19, under which Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi, and Prachuap Khiri Khan are getting ready, including accelerating vaccination for the local population and formalising tourism campaigns; such as, Bangkok Sandbox, Hua Hin Recharge, and Charming Chiang Mai,” adds Wangboonkongchana.

This, however, is just a part of the larger reopening planned by the Southeast Asian nation. Starting mid-October, 21 other destinations—Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Phrae, and Sukhothai in the North; Bueng Kan, Nong Khai, Ubon Ratchathani, and Udon Thani in the Northeast; Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi in the West; Chanthaburi, Rayong, and Trat in the East; Ayutthaya in the Central Region, and Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ranong, Satun, Songkhla, and Trang in the South—are slated to reopen, too.

The fourth and final phase, scheduled for January 2022, will involve reopening 13 border provinces under controlled travel bubbles with neighbouring nations.

Meanwhile, the Royal Thai Government has also announced efforts to boost domestic tourism. This includes two stimulus campaigns—Rao Thiao Duai Kan (We Travel Together), and Tour Thiao Thai. The registrations for each are expected to open this month for travels during October. The third-phase extension of the former campaign will also subsidise 40 per cent of the hotel room rates or airfares, along with a daily e-voucher valued at THB 600 (roughly INR 1,350). The latter campaign, which is for packaged tours, will involve a 40 per cent subsidy of the payment or up to THB 5,000 (approximately INR 11,230) per person.

Related: 10 Luxury Wellness Experiences In Thailand You Can’t Afford To Miss Post Lockdown

Bayar Jain

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