Pattaya City authorities, along with Pattaya’s Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Pattaya business sector, is planning to propose to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, a “Pattaya Move On” tourism scheme to welcome vaccinated foreign tourists to the city without quarantine in the 4th quarter of 2021.
It’s important to note the details in this article are currently proposals and could change quickly. They are not guaranteed that they will happen but is the current plan the city is moving forward with.
Pattaya mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem stated as the chairman of the local meeting today, May 26th, that the “Pattaya Move On” project is under the cooperation of Pattaya City and the Tourism Authority of Thailand to revive tourism for local tourist destinations, particularly in Bang Lamung and Sattahip District, as the core of the plan.
The proposal, underlying Neo Pattaya’s confidence and safety tourism idea, will welcome vaccinated tourists from countries with low-risk Covid-19 infections according to the Public Health Ministry’s statistics. The visitors must be completely vaccinated with the vaccine that is certified by their origin country by no longer than one year. Children under the age of 12-18 will need a Covid-19 negative certificate within 72 hours prior to travel. Younger children will not need anything but must stay with parents at all times.
Upon arrival, tourists are required to reside in SHA (Safety and Health Administration) certification hotels in only two districts, Bang Lamung and Sattahip, throughout their stay and are able to enjoy activities at their designated areas by the Pattaya authority for 7 days before departure to other areas in the province. A Covid19 test will be required on day five and if negative the tourists will be able to freely travel on day seven.
The list of proposed activities was not released or discussed other than that beach access would be part of the plan. It’s also unclear if the tourists could travel on their own or would need a guide. Part of the discussion has been around using only SHA designated transportation to travel for the first seven days.
The plan is implemented under the 12 measures of Thailand’s Standard Operation Procedure, including measures to support international flights at U-Tapao International Airport and Suvarnabhumi International Airport; measures to travel from the airport to the accommodation; customer service measures when arriving at a hotel, beach tourism measures; management measures for common rest areas; tourism and navigation; and measures for service providers to be certified to SHA+ standard.
By implementing the plan, Pattaya City must distribute Covid-19 vaccination to at least 70 percent of the population in Banglamung and Sattahip districts by the end of July in order to reopen the city to tourists in the high tourism season in October. The main target of foreign tourists is German and Russian nationals, the mayor stated.
“The proposal will be introduced to the Ministry of Public Health before passing through to the Center for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) and the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) respectively before mid-June in order to comply with the vaccination plans that the government set for Pattaya City and the tourism sector,” Sonthaya concluded.
Pattaya’s plan will be highly contingent on a similar plan in Phuket going well, that is supposed to start in July.
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