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    Tourism Authority of Thailand plans to propose no-quarantine tourism under “One SOP One System” scheme for fully-vaccinated foreigners

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is preparing to introduce to the Center for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) a no-quarantine tourism proposal for fully-vaccinated foreigners under the “One SOP One System” (OSOS) scheme to be implemented October 2021.

    The proposal will be introduced accordingly with the second phase of the government’s country reopening plan on October 01. 2021 The plan will also include five more areas:
    • Chiang Mai
    • Pattaya
    • Hua Hin
    • Cha-am
    • Bangkok.
    TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn revealed to the press today, September 15th, that the TAT has come up with the new tourism scheme as the previous requirements were complicated and attracted far fewer foreigners than the authorities expected. This includes, notes TPN Media, the widely criticized plan for Pattaya “Move On”, which many felt was too restrictive and would not benefit most businesses.

    “Under this OSOS plan, every province will apply the same SOPs (standard operating procedures) which will allow tourists to travel more freely within designated areas,” he said. This is, to say the least, a stunning U-turn according to observers online as just 48 hours earlier the TAT had still been pushing the Move On Plan and similar, more restricted, plans.

    In layman’s terms, this means a single plan for all five new areas, not five separate plans, simplifying the process. Basically, the plan, in its current proposal, would move from a safe and sealed route (tours) to allowing tourists freedom of movement throughout the entire area, such as Pattaya or Hua Hin. Under the proposal, the tourist would still need to stay at a SHA+ hotel and meet various paperwork, testing, and other requirements but would have freedom of movement, being able to go where they wished, similar to the Phuket Sandbox plan. TPN media wants to stress this is only a proposal, and still has multiple levels of approval to go through. There is also no guarantee that every sector would be allowed to open, such as bars or entertainment, for the proposal. It is, however, a major improvement over the prior proposal which would have restricted tourists and visitors to a single resort and guided tours of selected attractions.

    The new plan also is likely to include the 7×7 plan currently in place in Phuket, allowing tourists to visit different areas after 7 days.

    Additionally, the “Samui Plus Model” will be slightly changed to non-quarantine tourism and allow tourists to travel more freely in the Sealed Area under the new name “‘Samui Plus Sandbox” with the pilot areas of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao. This would, essentially, be a program the same as Phuket, with freedom of movement, ditching unpopular sealed routes.

    Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn also stated at a meeting with Chonburi authorities last weekend that domestic travel will be able to start again in October as more vaccines from many authorized manufacturers are scheduled to arrive and be allocated nationwide in September.

    The no-quarantine tourism plan will also be planned for provinces or areas that account for at least 15 percent of the total revenue from foreign tourists, including Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga, Surat Thani, Bangkok, Chonburi, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, and Chiang Mai.

    However, it is worth noting that this is only a proposal planned by the TAT and the Tourism and Sports Ministry and must be proposed for approval by multiple agencies like the CESA, CCSA, and the Cabinet Committee. All the measures and requirements are only initial suggestions.

    We will provide further details after expected meetings this weekend with the TAT and relevant agencies that would need to approve the plan. We also note that the TAT plans to use data from the Phuket Sandbox showingthat foreign tourists are incredibly low risk in terms of having Covid-19 to leverage the proposal.

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    New: Quarantine reduced to 7-Days from October 01. 2021

    The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has approved a reduction in mandatory quarantine for vaccinated arrivals from Friday October 01.2021. Fully vaccinated travellers will now face quarantine of only 7-days instead of 14-Days.

    Unvaccinated arrivals, or those who cannot prove their vaccination status, will still be subject to a longer quarantine period of between 10 and 14 days.

    The CCSA also agreed to extend the emergency decree to the end of November and to reduce the night-time curfew currently in operation in Bangkok and other dark red provinces. According to a Thai PBS World report, the curfew will now run from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am, an hour shorter than the current 9pm to 4am. The emergency decree has been in place since its introduction in March 2020, having been extended several times since.

    Also confirmed at this afternoon’s CCSA meeting was the re-opening of 10 provinces from November.

    They are Bangkok, Krabi, Phang Nga, Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Nong Gae), Phetchaburi (Cha-am), Chon Buri (Pattaya, Bang Lamung, Jom Thien, Bang Sare), Ranong (Koh Phayam), Chiang Mai (Muang, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, and Doi Tao), Loei (Chiang Khan) and Buriram (Muang).

    In Bangkok and other dark red provinces, 10 business types can re-open from Friday. They include pre-schools and nurseries, as well as indoor gyms, spas, tattoo parlours, and cinemas. Department stores and shopping centres can now remain open until 9pm. Bars and nightclubs must remain closed until further notice.