Thailand has confirmed plans to reopen Bangkok to fully vaccinated international travellers without quarantine requirements, from October 15.
Tourism and sports minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration governor Asawin Kwanmuang said on Wednesday (September 15) that the initial plan to reopen Bangkok on October 1 has been pushed to October 15 due to slow vaccine rollout.
“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,” said Pipat in a press conference.
“For the safety of Bangkok residents, the vaccination coverage of no less than 70 per cent is very important.”
Currently, only 37 per cent of residents in the capital have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, far from the government’s 70 per cent vaccination target for reopening the country. However, it is expected that that target will be reached by early October, according to the minister.
Meanwhile, as part of the second phase of the country’s reopening timeline, the provinces of Chiang Mai, Chonburi, Phetchaburi, and Prachuap Khiri Khan will reopen on October 1 as planned.