Bad news for travellers, Thailand isn't opening soon, according to the latest reports, Thailand has pushed back its plan to reopen Bangkok and some other major cities to foreign arrivals by November because of the vaccination rates not meeting the set targets, a senior official informed.

Earlier, Thailand plans to reopen and welcome vaccinated travellers without quarantine in major cities like Hua Hin, Bangkok, Chiang Mai in October to revive the country's vital tourism sector.

Thailand's Tourism Authority (TAT) governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the target cities had not yet reached 70 percent vaccination rates, which is why they decided to extend the date to later November.

So far, international tourism has been launched only on the islands of Samui and Phuket.

Although Thailand is a production center for the AstraZeneca vaccine, the country has struggled to keep pace with vaccine rollouts. Meanwhile Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha recently pledged that he would make all efforts to accelerate vaccination.

Reports say that so far, about 44 percent of Bangkok residents have received both doses of the covid-19 vaccine and overall the country has managed to vaccinate 22 percent of the estimated 72 million people living in the country.


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