Thai Ministry of Health mentioned reopening to foreign tourists in Bangkok and 3 provindes in October
According to Thai national media NNT, the Ministry of Health of Thailand mentioned that they are preparing to reopen the country to foreign tourists on October 1st in Bangkok, Chonburi (Pattaya), Prachuwap Kiri Khan (Hua Hin) and Chiang Mai.
The Board of Directors of the National Medical Hub, which consists of officials from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism, approved guidelines for reopening Bangkok and 3 provinces at a meeting on Wednesday, September 1. The reopening plan is in line with the deadline for the "Resume Plan within 120 days" announced by Prime Minister Prayut in June.
On the other hand, under the immigration measures called "Bubble and Seal", the provices which is scheduling to reopen the border in October are Rayong (Koh Khai), Nong Khai and Trat (Koh Samet). Rayong (Koh Samet).
The board is also proposing measures to speed up the development of four homemade COVID-19 vaccines in Thailand. These are Chulalongkorn University’s ChulaCov19, the Baiya Phytopharm Co’s Baiya vaccine, the Government Pharmaceutical Organization’s HXP-GPO Vac and Biotech’s nasal-spray vaccine.
The Board is urging the Cabinet to raise the vaccine development budget and allow the Thai Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) to shorten the registration period for Thai vaccines.
The reopening of Bangkok in October will be an important and significant step towards returning to normal pre-pandemic life with the COVID-19. First of all, let's raise the vaccination rate in the area where the resumption is planned and expect that the resumption will surely be realized.
Mass vaccination plan for restaurant staff, 5,000 daily vaccination plans over the next two weeks
From September 1st, Covid-19 regulations have been relaxed and restaurant meals have resumed. The Thai government has developed a mass vaccination plan for restaurant staff.
On Friday, September 3, Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul visited Bansoo Central Station for a vaccination program for restaurant staff under the Thai Restaurant Association.
On Friday, more than 1,000 restaurant operators and staff were vaccinated with Sinovac and AstraZeneca cross-vaccines.
Of the 63,000 restaurant staffs in Bangkok and neighboring provinces, more than 30,000 have been vaccinated, and the rest will be vaccinated 5,000 times a day within two weeks, Mr. Anutin said they would extend this vaccination plan to restaurant staff in other provinces.
If you are a restaurant staffs or owners, please complete the inoculation early. We also hope that large-scale inoculations will be carried out for industries that have been severely damaged by the COVID-19, such as massage shops.
Thai AirAsia resumes domestic flights from September 3rd
Low-cost carrier Thai AirAsia has resumed domestic flights to and from Bangkok from September 3rd. The company has suspended all flights since July 12.
Only flights to and from Don Muang Airport are limited to the following 11 routes at first.
Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hajay, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chiang Rai, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Ubon Racha Thani, Nakhon Phanom, Roi Et, Narathiwat
Other LCCs than AirAsia have already resumed operations from September 1. Currently, Nok Air and Thai Lion Air operate a total of about 30 flights at Don Muang Airport, with about 2,000 passengers per day. With the addition of Thai AirAsia, the number of flights will increase to about 60 per day, and the number of users is expected to increase from 4,000 to 5,000.
It is recommended to check the latest information in advance wheather vaccination certificate and negative certificate are required for flights departing from Bangkok, on the other hand there is no such requirement with flights to Bangkok.
Thai VietJet Air Opens Direct Flight Between Phuket and Chiang Mai
Low-cost carrier Thai Vietjet Air has announced that they will start a direct flight between southern Phuket and northern Chiang Mai on Wednesday, September 15th.
The aircraft used is an Airbus A320 (economy 180 seats). The number of flights during September will be 2 flights per week and from October it will increease to 4 flights per week.
The planned flight schedule is as follows.
Phuket ⇔ Chiang Mai
September 15th-September 30th, 2021
VZ415 HKT09: 50 CNX11: 55 Wednesday and Sunday
VZ414 CNX12: 25 HKT14: 30 Wed / Sun
From October 1, 2021
VZ415 HKT09: 50 CNX11: 55 Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
VZ414 CNX12: 25 HKT14: 30 Mon / Wed / Fri / Sun
Previously, Thai AirAsia operated direct flights between Phuket and Chiang Mai, but this will resume after October. In addition, Thailand Vetjet will resume operations on the Phuket-Chiang Rai route from October 1st.
Thai government PR department provides details on how to register a digital vaccination certificate for the COVID-19 for expats in Thailand
The Thai government PR department introduced details on how to register a digital vaccination certificate for expats who have been vaccinated in Thailand with the COVID-19 vaccine on their official Facebook on August 25th. You can register using an app called Mor Prom.
From September 1st, some deregulation in the dark red zone will be implemented, and restaurants and golf courses, etc. will be available. At the same time, some businesses have already begun to ask customers to present vaccination certificates to enter their sites.
In the future, it is highly likely that the presentation of a digital vaccination certificate will be required as a condition for using various services in Thailand.
If you have been vaccinated, we recommend that you register with Mor Prom.
Please see the details on the Facebook of Thai government PR department.