Bangkok reopening to be postponed for two weeks


Minister of tourism Pipat Ratchakitprakan announced yesterday that Bangkok, after weeks of talk, will reopen and will welcome international arrivals from October 15.

The reopening was originally set on October 1 but the date was postponed in hopes of achieving full vaccination of 70% of Bangkok’s more than 9 million people.

According to Pipat, only 37% of that population got the second dose.

No announcement yet as to what conditions and requirements will be imposed, but it is expected that Bangkok will follow Phuket’s “Sandbox Scheme” under which travelers are tested for Covid-19 three times and must stay at government-certified hotels, among other conditions.

On Thursday (Sept 16), Thailand logged 13,897 new infections.
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