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Thailand’s capital Bangkok is expected to open in November


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Thailand’s popular capital Bangkok is not expected to reopen to international tourism until November. In order to receive visitors again, at least 70 percent of the inhabitants of the megametropolis would have to have full vaccination protection, the Thai newspaper “the Bangkok Post” quoted city governor Aswin Kwanmuang as saying.  

Currently, only 42 percent of citizens have been vaccinated twice. It is estimated that the city has more than ten million inhabitants. If the vaccination campaign continues as before, Bangkok could open in the first or second week of November, the city council said.

However, other conditions are that the number of infections continues to fall and the hospitals are not overcrowded. Most recently, some 2,700 to 2,800 new cases were reported per day in the major city. When all criteria are met, a decision must be made on the guidelines and rules for an opening.

Before the corona pandemic, Bangkok was one of the most visited cities in the world. The city attracts millions of tourists with attractions such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho Temple and the Floating Markets. In 2019, more than 22 million visitors came.

The largest islands of Phuket and Ko Samui have been trying to restart this important tourist branch since July thanks to special projects. Fully vaccinated holidaymakers from dozens of countries are allowed to travel quarantine-free again under strict conditions.

Many other regions of the popular holiday destination, including Chonburi province with the seaside resort of Pattaya, the cultural center of Chiang Mai to the north and Prachuap Khiri Khan with the city of Hua Hin, are hoping for a fresh start soon.

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