Prime Minister Prayut Chanocha said Thailand will expand the number of visitors from 10 low-risk countries to 46 countries thailand from 1 November.
“If we wait until everything is ready, it will be too late,” he said in a Facebook post.
He added that he knew that the opening brought the risk of more local infections.
“But this is a risk we have to take. I think Thailand, like other countries, is now better prepared to take risks. And we have to learn to take risks.”
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Visitors from 46 countries thailand, described as the first low-risk group, can enter Thailand by plane without quarantine if they are fully vaccinated and have evidence of a negative pre-flight test result. You will also have to take another exam upon arrival.
Prayut added that the Ministry of Public Health will accelerate vaccinations locally.
He urged people to follow COVID-19 health measures, including wearing masks, washing hands frequently and social distancing.
On October 11, the prime minister said that tourists from about 10 countries could visit Thailand from 1 November under the same conditions and without quarantine.
According to information at the time, 17 places could be visited. It is unclear whether the list will continue to apply after extended reopening. 17 places are:
Samut Prakan (Suvarnabhumi Airport)
Prachuap Khiri Khan (Nongkee, Hua Hin)
Chonburi (Pattaya, Banglamung, Jomtien, Bangsare, Kosichang, Sriracha)
Ranong (Kho Payam)
Chiang Mai (Muang, Mae Rim, Maeteng, Doitao)
Roy (Chiang Khan)
Nong Khai (Muang, Si Chiang Mai, Tabo, Sangkom)
Udon Thani (Muang, Nayoung, Nonghan, Kumpawapi, Bandung)
Rayong (Kho Samet)
Trat (Koh Chang)