BANGKOK, Oct 23 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): The Thailand government has announced that curfew will be lifted in 17 provinces, including Bangkok, from October 31 ahead of the November 1 opening.
The order, signed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, and it was published in the Royal Gazette.
According to the order, curfew will end at 11pm on October 31 in provinces that are under maximum and strict control but are popular among tourists and that also included its capital Bangkok.
Since October 16, an 11pm-3am curfew has been imposed on maximum and strict-control provinces, though it will be lifted in some tourist attractions in 17 provinces, namely: • Bangkok; • Krabi; • Chonburi (Bang Lamung, Pattaya, Sri Racha, Koh Sichang districts); • Chiang Mai (Muang, Doi Tao, Mae Rim and Mae Taeng districts); • Trat (Koh Chang); • Buri Ram (Muang district); • Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Nong Khae); • Phang Nga; • Phetchaburi (Cha-am); • Phuket; • Ranong (Koh Payam); • Rayong (Koh Samet); • Loei (Chiang Khan); • Samut Prakan (Suvarnabhumi Airport); • Surat Thani (Koh Samui, Koh Pha-ngan and Koh Tao); • Nong Khai (Muang, Sangkhom, Sri Chiang Mai and Tha Bo); • Udon Thani (Muang, Ban Dung, Kumphawapi, Na Yoong, Nong Han and Prachak Silapakhom districts)
Public gatherings in reopening zones will be capped at 500. Entertainment venues like pubs, bars and karaoke outlets will remain closed, though operators have been told they can start making preparations to reopen soon.
Thailand announced late Thursday (Oct 23) that it will allow vaccinated visitors from 46 low-risk countries and regions to enter Thailand without quarantine from November.
The list, which includes China, the United States, Britain and Malaysia, was released by Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
Beginning Nov. 1, the eligible travelers will be allowed to travel freely in Thailand once they pass their post-arrival Covid-19 test, according to MFA spokesman Tanee Sangrat.
The announcement came after Thai Prime Minister Prayut said last week that the country would initially allow vaccinated travelers from at least 10 low-risk countries and regions to enter by air without quarantine requirements from next month.
Thailand is beefing up efforts to revive its economy as the tourism sector, the main growth engine that contributed roughly 20 percent of the country's GDP before Covid-19, has been hit hard by the pandemic. - The Nation Thailand/ANN