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No nod yet from Public Health Ministry on reopening Bangkok to foreign tourists


The Public Health Ministry has yet to greenlight the move to scrap quarantine requirement for foreign visitors even as the proposed date for the reopening of Bangkok looms.

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration have planned to accept foreign tourists without quarantine from October 15 to revive tourism in the capital.

However, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Thursday that he had yet to receive the proposal to remove quarantine requirement in Bangkok, adding that the Department of Disease Control (DDC) must first evaluate the outbreak situation in the countries where the tourists are from before such a move could be approved.

“The reopening of Bangkok also depends on the decision of the province’s communicable disease committee, as Bangkok has been managing its own public health system,” he said.

 

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When asked about the fact that some public health experts have suggested the reopening of the country be postponed for another month from the original October 1 announced by Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha on June 16, Anutin said: “No one has said that we will reopen on the said date.”

Anutin also added that the ministry had yet to decide if more lockdown measures would be eased after October 1, as the decision awaits the DDC’s evaluation of the outbreak situation.

Published : September 17, 2021