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Reopening postponed

Hua Hin October 1 reopening postponed, new date still awaiting CCSA approval

After a week of mixed messages and conflicting statements, the October 1 reopening of Hua Hin to vaccinated foreign tourists has been postponed, local officials have conceded.

Rather than reopen on October 1, new plans could now see Hua Hin and Cha Am given the green light to reopen to vaccinated foreign tourists from mid October.

The amended plans are to go before Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at a meeting on Sept 27.

A meeting of Thailand’s National Communicable Disease Committee, chaired by Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul already approved the plans on Thursday (Sept 23).

Following the meeting, Department of Disease Control (DDC) Director General, Dr Opas Karnkawinpong said that Hua Hin and Cha Am will be able to reopen from “mid October”.

Thailand’s other tourist destinations, namely Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pattaya, look set to be allowed to open from November 1, the Tourism and Sports Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakan said in an interview with local media.

Mr Pipat added that the ministry would submit the adjustment to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), the country’s COVID-19 task force, for approval on Sept. 27.