PATTAYA ‘MOVE ON’ -Vs- HUA HIN ‘RECHARGE’’
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration seems set to soon be considering proposals from projects in both Pattaya and Hua Hin, both aiming to secure priority additional COVID-19 doses and both aiming to be able to accept foreign tourists in October this year.
Pattaya mayor Sontaya Kunplome said, under the “Pattaya, Move on” project, foreign tourists who have received two vaccine doses will be allowed to enter Pattaya without quarantine requirements, with a need for more COVID-19 vaccine doses to cover at least 70% of local residents.
Under the Hua Hin Recharge project, 350,000 doses are being sought to vaccinate residents and tourism staff in the area. A dedicated Facebook page was created on 11th May with a public launching on 27th May.
Pattaya mayor Sontaya Kunplome said that under the plan tourists must stay in Bang Lamung and Sattahip districts for seven days before traveling elsewhere.
Ban Lamung is around 6 kilometres inland of Pattaya City whereas as Sattahip is around 30 kilometres south on the coast. No similar requirements have been proposed for Hua Hin.
The mayor said tourists must come from countries considered low risk by the Public Health Ministry, and they must receive vaccines, endorsed by their countries, no more than one year before travel to Pattaya. He added that the “Pattaya, Move on” project will be implemented under standard operating procedures for international arrivals, such as COVID-19 testing and guidelines for sealed routes.
The Pattaya Move On proposals will be presented to the Public Health Ministry, before being forwarded to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration for approval next month.
Hua Hin is also bidding to stimulate the local tourism industry. The Committee of National Tourism Policy is reported to have already approved the ‘’Hua Hin Recharge’’ project. The committee has approved a pilot plan to allow foreign tourists with a vaccine passport to enter Prachuap Khiri Khan and Phetchaburi from October onwards.
Traisulee Traisoranakul, deputy government spokesperson, said the panel also agreed to have tourism personnel nationwide vaccinated in line with the government’s plan to reopen the country and gain confidence.
Under the Hua Hin Recharge Project, she said the government will accelerate the procurement of 350,000 doses to vaccinate residents and tourism staff in the area next month.
Both projects require approval from the CCSA and may also be affected by the progress of the Phuket Sandbox Project due to begin in July.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has sent an official letter to international travel partners confirming the opening of PHUKET SANDBOX, starting July 1.
Phuket is set to be the first destination to lift quarantine requirements for vaccinated foreign tourists, after roughly 7 days on the island, travellers can travel to other parts of Thailand.