On Monday evening, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced in a televised broadcast that the government will reopen the country in November. The decision, which he described as a “small but important step”, will see fully vaccinated tourists from 10 low-risk countries allowed to enter Thailand without having to quarantine.
Furthermore, the PM said the government is preparing to allow the consumption of alcoholic drinks in restaurants and other entertainment venues on Dec 1.
The announcement should have delighted the public. After all, after 18 months of despair, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. On the contrary, however, yesterday’s announcement raised eyebrows, with many people questioning if the country is truly ready to reopen to foreign visitors.