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Pattaya will reopen to foreign tourists this year under a model similar to Phuket... but only if 70% of residents vaccinated against Covid-19. More vaccine doses are seeking more vaccine doses by local officials to reach herd immunity and bring people to one of Thailand's most popular tourist destinations.
Quarantine in Pattaya would be waived for foreign visitors who are vaccinated against the coronavirus under the "Pattaya, Move On" plan. Sontaya Kunplome, the mayor of Pattaya, says the city plans to reopen foreign tourists in the fourth quarter of this year. Tourists from Germany and Russia are targeting by city officials.
Only fully vaccinated tourists from countries classified as low risk by the Public Health Ministry will be allowed to enter Pattaya under the proposed plan, says the mayor. Before travelling to other areas, travellers will stay for 14 days in Chon Buri's Sattahip and Banglamung districts, which include Pattaya. Tourists will need to download a tracking app and report to health officials each week during their stay.
Children under the age of 12 years old and too young to be vaccinated can enter with their families, but they must be tested for the coronavirus 72 hours before travelling and present a Covid-free certificate.
Under the proposed travel model, travellers to Pattaya will stay in a hotel that is certified by the Safety and Health Administration.
The plan still needs to be presented to the Ministry of Public Health and approved by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.