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Prime Minister Reaffirms the Reopening of the Country

15 October 2021 (Readers 2202)

Speaking after the meeting of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on 14 October 2021, Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha reaffirmed that Thailand was ready to reopen the country and welcome quarantine-free tourists from 1 November 2021 onwards. The visitors must be fully vaccinated and follow other requirements.

He thanked all people and agencies involved for their cooperation, especially the Ministry of Interior, which is responsible for taking care of tourist destinations, saying that all sectors should prepare to move the economy forward along with public health.

CCSA Spokesperson Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin and Government Spokesperson Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana gave more details of the results of the CCSA meeting on 14 October.

The meeting agreed that, in the initial stage, from 1 to 30 November, the number of provinces to reopen to foreign visitors will increase from 10 to 15. These 15 provinces include Bangkok, Samut Prakan (only Suvarnabhumi airport), Krabi, Phang-nga, parts of Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Nong Kae areas), Phetchaburi (Cha-am), Chon Buri (Pattaya, Bang Lamung, Chom Thian, and Bang Sare), Ranong (Ko Phayam), Chiang Mai (Mueang, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, and Doi Tao), Loei (Chiang Khan), Buri Ram (Mueang district), Nong Khai (Mueang, Si Chiang Mai, Tha Bo, and Sangkhom), Udon Thani (Mueang, Na Yung, Nong Han, Prachak-sinlapakhom, Kumphawapi, and Ban Dung), Rayong (Ko Samet), and Trat (Ko Chang).

From 1 to 31 December, 16 more provinces, such as Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Lamphun, and Phrae, will reopen. From 1 January 2022, more relaxation measures will be introduced when the situation continues to improve and more provinces will be reopened to foreign visitors.

Starting from 16 October, the number of provinces in the maximum and strict COVID-19 control zone will fall from 29 to 23, and the night curfew will be shortened, from 22.00-04.00 hr to 23.00-03.00 hr, for at least 15 days.

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