Bangkok to Reopen to International Arrivals on Oct 15

The Thai government has announced on Wednesday a reopening to international travelers on October 15. 

Tourism and Sports Minister Phipat Ratchakitprakan said the appropriate timeline for Bangkok should be postponed from October 1 to October 15 because then, 70% of its residents had been vaccinated.

The decision to move the opening came after a discussion between Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang and the tourism minister about the readiness of the city. 

“Our mutual decision is that we want to carry out the vaccination throughout Bangkok – in every district – so that when we reopen it, it will apply to all of Bangkok,” Phipat said. 

Phipat also said the ministry would propose to the country’s COVID-19 Task Force a reopening of five areas, including Bangkok next week.

“From mid-October, we will not only open for international tourists but the domestic stimulus campaigns which aim to spur local spending will be rolled out at the same time,” Phipat added.

Meanwhile, Thailand has recorded 13,897 new confirmed cases, with 188 deaths reported, making a total of over 1,434,000 infections and almost 15,000 death as of September 16.


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