Bangkok reopened on November 1st, feasible situation and expectations at this time
Currently, Thailand is planning to accept vaccinated foreign tourists in several phases without quarantine.
In the current pilot phase, the “Sandbox” program in Phuket and the “Samui Plus” program on Koh Samui have already begun accepting fully vaccinated foreign tourists without quarantine.
The areas that accept foreign tourists on the pilot phase are as follows.
Phuket, Koh Slatani (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao), Koh Phanger (Koh Lak, Yao Yai), Yao Yai), and Klavi (Phi Phi, Ngai, Railay Beach, Klong Muang, Koh Tao).
In the future, from November 1st, as Phase 1, acceptance of foreign tourists without quarantine will start in Bangkok, Hua Hin, Cha-am, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, etc.
In Phase 2 from December 1, 20 provinces such as Chiang Rai, Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, and Rayon will be added to the reopen provinces. Furthermore, from January next year, acceptance will begin in Kanchanaburi and Udon Thani as Phase 3.
In Bangkok, the conditions for accepting tourists are vaccination rates of local residents should be 70% or more, reduction of the number of newly infected people, and improvement of medical tightness.
Regarding the current situation in Bangkok, 56.9% of those who have been vaccinated twice (as of October 8). The inoculation rate has increased by an average of 0.82% per day since the beginning of October, and if they can keep this pace, it is expected to reach the target of 70% by October 25th.
Regarding the status of infection, the number of newly infected people in the Bangkok metropolitan area (Bangkok and 4 neighboring provinces) peaked in mid-August and has been declining, and has decreased to about one-fifth in the past month and a half. As the number of hospitalized patients has decreased, the medical system has improved, including the closure of a temporary hospital,such as field hospital, at the end of September.
As the number of newly infected people in Thailand continues to decline, it is expected that the acceptance conditions will be met by the end of October when it is decided to start Phase 1 unless there is a significant change in the future.
Singapore and South Korea allow vaccinated people to come and go without quarantine
Singapore and South Korea have announced that they will launch the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) on November 15th, which will accept vaccinated travelers from each other without quarantine.
If you have been vaccinated the prescribed number of times and the PCR test you receive at the airport (Changi Airport or Incheon Airport) on arrival proves negative, you will be exempt from quarantine and will be able to move freely after entering the country.
Singapore has already accepted vaccinated travelers from Germany and Brunei under the VTL system, and South Korea is the third country. In addition to VTL, travelers from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China are allowed to enter the country without quarantine, with or without vaccination.
In Thailand, the infection of the COVID-19 is currently shrinking, and from November, vaccinated foreign tourists will be able to enter Bangkok and other tourist cities without quarantine. Thailand's tourism industry has been devastated and it's hoped that the country to reopen as soon as possible. In the future, in addition to permitting vaccinated people to enter the country by the scheme such as VTL, it is hoped that the day when free entry and exit such as a travel bubble will be possible with countries with a low risk of infection will come as soon as possible.
Bangkok ranked 9th place in the attractive metropolitan ranking of US travel magazines
Bangkok ranked 9th in the 2021 world's most fascinating metropolitan rankings, voted by readers of the major US travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler.
1st to 3rd places are Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. 4th Singapore, 5th Istanbul, 6th Merida (Mexico), 7th Marrakech (Morocco), 8th Porto (Portugal), 10th Seoul.
In the top 20 attractive country rankings, Indonesia ranked 18th and the Philippines 20th from Southeast Asia. 1st place is Portugal, 2nd place New Zealand, 3rd place Japan.
Among the top 50 best resorts in the world, Thailand's "Anantara Chiang Mai Resort" (Chiang Mai Province) is 8th, "Amanpuri" (Phuket Province) is 13th, and "Soneva Kiri" (Kut Island, Trat Province) is 21st. Ranked in. Cambodia's "Shinta Mani Wild" was 49th, and Indonesia's "Capella Ubud Bali" was 50th.
August Thai economy continues to slow down with COVID-19
According to the Bank of Thailand's monthly economic report, the Thai economy in August slowed further from the previous month due to business restrictions and behavior restrictions on measures against the COVID-19 infection, and sluggish export growth.
August's industrial production index (MPI, breaking news) fell 3.5% month-on-month. MPI (month-on-month) by industry is "food, beverage" minus 3.2%, "automobile" minus 13.3%, "oil" minus 2.4%, "chemical" minus 5.2%, "rubber, plastic" minus 0.8%, "building materials" , "Non-metal" plus 3.5%, "Integrated circuit, semiconductor" minus 0.9%, "Electrical products" minus 6%, "Textile, clothing" plus 1%, "Hard disk drive (HDD)" plus 3.6%, "Other" minus 3.1%.
The private consumption index (PCI, preliminary figures) in August decreased by 2.6% from the previous month, and the private investment index (PII, preliminary figures) decreased by 1.6%.
August exports were down 3.5% month-on-month to $ 21,768 million, and imports were up 3.6% to $ 19,872 million. The current account deficit is $ 2,536 million.
Thai Airways launches sale of international flights to and from Bangkok
Thai Airways International is holding a sale of international flights to and from Bangkok until October 10.
The applicable boarding period is from October 31, 2021 to March 26, 2022.
The cheapest daily flight between Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) and Narita on Japan is 13,640 baht including fuel surcharge and airport charges for economy class round-trip air tickets (valid for one month). Taipei flights are 8,110 baht, Seoul flights are 13,640 baht and London flights are 2,4310 baht.
Round-trip fares from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Japan are as follows.
Bangkok ⇔ Narita Economy 13,640 Baht Business 43,440 Baht
Bangkok ⇔ Haneda Economy 14,430 Baht Business 43,460 Baht *
Bangkok ⇔ Central Economy 14,510 Baht Business 42,820 Baht
Bangkok ⇔ Kansai Economy 14,550 Baht Business 43,575 Baht
(* Haneda flights will resume operation from January 2022)
Checked baggage is up to 20kg for economy and up to 40kg for business at no additional charge.
From November, Thai cities such as Bangkok will be reopened. If you have been planning to travel, why not take this opportunity to consider buying tickets?