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Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Confirms Nov 1 reopening, shorter curfew and COE replaced with “Thailand Pass”

Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Confirms Nov 1 reopening, shorter curfew and COE replaced with “Thailand Pass”

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha has just confirmed that the country will reopen on November 1 to vaccinated foreign tourists from 10 low-risk countries arriving by air.

At a meeting on Thursday afternoon (October 14), it was also announced that the curfew will be reduced to 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. This new curfew will come into effect next Saturday, October 16, and will remain in effect until the end of October. With the curfew reduction, restaurants and convenience stores are now allowed to open until 10 p.m.

However, the sale of alcohol in restaurants is still prohibited and bars, pubs and nightclubs must remain closed.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Certificate of Entry (COE) for foreign tourists will be replaced by a new web-based system called “Thailand Pass”.

The system will make it easier for people who want to travel to Thailand and will support the government’s “Ease of Traveling” policy. The new Thailand Pass system will replace the COE system on November 1, it was announced.

However, the COE will still be used by those entering the Alternative Hospital Quarantine (AHQ) for those arriving by land or sea.

Further details will be announced after official approval from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

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