MANILA, Philippines — One of Thailand’s favorite vacation hotspots is planning to reopen to tourists in the last quarter of the year, without requiring visitors to undergo mandatory quarantine.
In a Facebook post by the National News Bureau of Thailand, Pattaya Mayor Sontaya Kunplome said the decision is part of the “Pattaya, Move on” project
It is also working on having more COVID-19 vaccine doses to vaccinate at least 70% of local residents.
The mayor said foreign tourists who have received two vaccine doses will be allowed to enter Pattaya without the need to quarantine for 14 days.
However, they must stay in Bang Lamung and Sattahip districts for seven days before traveling elsewhere in the province.
He added that only tourists from countries considered low risk of COVID-19 infection declared by the Public Health Ministry will be allowed.
They must receive vaccines and endorsed by their countries by no longer than one year before travel to Pattaya.
The mayor said the project will be implemented under standard operating procedures for international arrivals which include COVID-19 testing and guidelines for sealed routes.
Proposals for the reopening of the province to tourists will be presented to the Public Health Ministry and then endorsed next month to Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration for approval.