The penny has finally fallen at the Tourism Authority of Thailand
TAT director Yutthasak Suphasorn will propose to the CCSA committee at their next meeting (presumably next Friday) that foreign tourists should no longer be quarantined from October 1.
If the CCSA agrees, it will apply to Chiang Mai (four districts), Bangkok, Pattaya (and Sattahip), Cha-Am and Hua Hin. Yutthasak proposes that what is now called a sealed route will then become a sealed area.
Foreign tourists will have to stay within the boundaries of an area rather than go into quarantine, he said. In addition, he is proposing a “One SOP (standard operating procedure) One System” plan, he told Thai business media. This means that differences between approaches and names like Move On in Pattaya, Recharge in Hua Hin and the like are brought under one umbrella.
He noted that the differences in approach had confused tourists and that Thailand itself was momentarily lost. Samui’s reopening name will also change from the Samui Plus model to the Samui Plus Sandbox.
He further noted that 3 days on a closed-off route and then 3 days in a closed-off area was too confusing for all of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao to open as the Phuket Sandbox.
What the changes mean is that tourists can move around a particular area more freely from the get-go. So a vacation in Pattaya would mean getting around the entire area of the city to Sattahip and in Chiang Mai that would mean direct access to four districts mentioned in the October 1 reopening plan.
But again this whole presentation depends on the administrative centre for the Covid19 control, the CCSA in Bangkok, they make the final decision.
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