Sumary of Bangkok to reopen for vaccinated tourists in October:
- Thailand plans to reopen Bangkok to fully vaccinated visitors in October, officials said Friday, as the kingdom seeks to salvage a tourism industry hammered by the pandemic.
- Before COVID, tourism made up a fifth of Thailand’s national income but severe travel curbs imposed to fight the virus saw the usual flood of foreign visitors dwindle to almost nothing, contributing to the economy’s worst performance in over 20 years.
- The Tourism Authority of Thailand said that from October 1, fully jabbed foreign travelers will be able to visit Bangkok and four other provinces without undergoing two weeks’ hotel quarantine.
- But Thailand’s third and deadliest COVID wave has not yet fully subsided, and the tourism agency warned the plans could change.
- More than 29,000 fully vaccinated international visitors hit the beach at Phuket under its sandbox scheme, generating nearly $50 million in revenue according to government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana.