Thai Transport Minister visits two international airports for screening readiness prior to country reopening in November

Bangkok –

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob paid a visit to two international airports in the capital today, October 20th, to observe the readiness and health screening procedures prior to the country reopening scheduled in November.

The visit followed the order of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha to inspect the preparation to support the government’s country reopening policy at six international airports nationwide, namely Don Mueang Airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport, Chiang Mai Airport, Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai Airport, Hat Yai Airport, and Phuket Airport.

As far as we know, Thailand will welcome fully vaccinated foreigners from at least 10 low-risk countries, which have not been finalized by the government yet, to travel in the country without mandatory quarantine from November. They must carry a negative result of a Covid-19 RT-PCR test that has been tested for not more than 72 hours before arriving in the kingdom. TPN media notes that none of these proposals and plans are yet official, however. That is expected possibly later this week.

Although most of the regulations and requirements have not been announced by the government yet, The TPN Media have summarized details of the policy so far here:

Analysis: All of the currently known details about reopening Pattaya and other parts of Thailand to vaccinated foreign tourists without quarantine from November 1st

Minister Saksayam said during the visit that said that the screening procedures for incoming tourists were systematic and concise.

He told the press: “The screening period approximately took about 25 minutes per person, which is five minutes faster than what they did in Phuket Sandbox.”

“The government also estimated about 10,000 passengers per day would arrive in Don Mueang Airport during the first period of the reopening, accounting for roughly 20 percent of total passengers traveling in Thailand during the pre-Covid period in 2019. We believed that all six international airports would be 100% ready to support the country reopening policy.”

Photo Courtesy: Post Today

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National News Writer at The Pattaya News. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.