Whoever writes stays, it hangs above the door of the Thai parliament chamber. The government hopes to reopen Bangkok and some cities in four provinces to foreigners without a quarantine requirement from Nov. 1, government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana announced today.
The cities awaiting reopening are Muang, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng and Doi Tao in Chiang Mai, Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Cha-am in Phetchaburi and Pattaya, Bang Lamung and Sattahip in Chonburi.
“These sites will be reopened provided there are no large or severe clusters of infection between now and November 1, he said. “The other conditions for visitors are that they must be fully vaccinated before arrival and tested negative for Covid-19.”
Thanakorn added that the government expects tourism revenues to reach 1.5 trillion baht by 2022, of which 850 billion baht will come from Thai tourists who are expected to make a total of 160 million trips and 650 billion baht from 15 million foreign tourists.
“The target of 1.5 trillion baht is about half of the total tourism revenue earned in 2019 before Covid-19 hit Thailand,” he added.
Thanakorn also said that on September 27, the Phuket Sandbox scheme, which started on July 1, generated 2.33 billion baht in revenue. On Thursday, there were 43,026 arrivals under this scheme, with most tourists coming from the United States, Israel, the United Kingdom, Germany and France.
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