news November 2, 2021

Thailand is reopening to all tourists, Moderna vaccine finally arrives into Thailand, continued alcohol ban, and the curfew lifted? What does this all mean for you? Here’s all the latest information since November 2nd, 2021.

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Thailand is reopening to all tourists, Moderna vaccine finally arrives into Thailand, continued alcohol ban, and the curfew lifted? What does this all mean for you? Here’s all the latest information since November 2nd, 2021.

 

From the start of November 2021, Thailand is welcoming fully vaccinated visitors from around the world using two types of entry schemes:

  • TEST & GO Exemption from Quarantine
  • Living in the “Blue Zone”, which provides 17 sandbox locations.

 

What is the Blue zone though?

The blue zone are areas in Thailand that are tourist-oriented with few covid-19 restrictions that include attractions, nightlife, and activities to do. 

Bangkok has been designated a 'blue area’ since this Monday, and other locations like Krabi, Chiang Mai, and areas in Chon Buri like Ko Si Chang and Pattaya.

 

If you are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated, you are still very much welcomed into the country.

 

For those interested in attending schools themselves, or sending their children to school in the country, a third of schools plan to reopen at the start of the second semester which spans from November into the end of march.

 

Education Minister Treenuch Theinthong says that despite only 12,000 out of 35,000 schools welcoming back students, many more plan to reopen on November 15.

 

Looking to get vaccinated, or are partially vaccinated with Moderna? Thailand’s first batch of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine arrives in the country. With half a million vaccines available now, though nearly 80% of them will be allocated to privately run hospitals.

 

Despite Jörgen Månsson’s comment on our last video saying, “Bangkok airport has only 20% of its former capacity, so it will take a very long time before tourists arrive in large numbers” it's seen that already nearly 7,000 tourists arrived just on Monday.

 

Looking forward to nightlife that lasts all the way till next morning? You might have to wait a while. The booze ban that doesn’t allow bars or restaurants to serve alcohol past 9 pm is still in session. Despite restaurant owners having called City Hall to allow them to serve it until 11 pm, they have been denied.

 

Though Thanakorn Kuptajit, secretary-general of the Thai Alcohol Beverage Business Association, wants to extend the time from 9 pm to 11 pm. So now the ban has been lifted in four blue zones: Bangkok, Krabi, Phangnga, and Phuket.

 

This will help increase income for wait staff, musicians, and other grassroots income-earners, which in turn causes more fun things to do at night.

 

So if you're looking forward to drinking with friends….or on your own, then visit these locations.

 

Though Thailand has reopened, the curfew still remains from 11 pm to 3 am. This will remain for another 14 days, on November 15th.

 

The highlighted comment from our last video comes from Chelsea, saying 

“Still far too many hoops to jump through.” 

 

We’ve been hearing that before the lockdown, but hopefully since Thailand is more open, it won’t seem like that.


 

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