March 29

Area Quarantine – Thailand’s tourism reopening plans are gaining momentum as three ministries tackle the tourism crisis


The Tourism and Sports Ministry announced a lenient mandatory quarantine scheme to be implemented on April 1. -Area quarantine.

The area quarantine program shortens the compulsory quarantine from 14 days to 3 days, allowing the guests to wander around the hotel’s premises after 3 days of self-isolation.

“A gradual reopening, with the appropriate cautionary steps taken, will undoubtedly save businesses, jobs and bolster the economy,” said John Blanco, general manager at luxury hotel Capella Bangkok. “Given the building global momentum of vaccination, it would make sense to begin planning for the necessary steps.”

Here’s how it works

In the first phase, the long-term vacationers will be the focus for the main tourist areas.

In the third quarter of the year, the ministry expects a “travel bubble plan” with countries that have similar vaccine distribution.

Thailand's Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi, Pattaya, the three islands of Koh Tao, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan areas are ready to cope with the foresee numbers of guests that will knock on Thailand’s door.

The “Area Quarantine” is being hailed as the answer to help revive the country’s struggling tourism sector.

Moreover, the tourism and sports ministry, the transport ministry, and the ministry of public health are hand-in-hand helping each other in executing the plan.

SOURCE: Thai Visa


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