IMMEDIATELY after Prime Minister announced in a televised address at 8.30 p.m. last night (Oct. 12) that Thailand will on November 1 reopen to tourists from 10 low-risk countries under relaxed conditions this step turned into a hot Twitter trend under Thai hashtags #Prayut #Openthecountry with there being a lot of criticism of the move, Amarin TV and Sanook.com said today.
Among the 10 low-risk countries are the UK, Singapore, Germany, China and the US. From November 1 tourists from these countries need not be quarantined upon flying into Thailand but have to be fully vaccinated and present evidence of a negative result from a RT-PCR test.
At the same time, the government also aims to increase the number of countries benefiting from this dispensation by December 1 and open the door more widely on January 1.
The government will also consider permitting entertainment venues to reopen and alcohol to be served in restaurants on December 1.
This announcement immediately turned into a hot online topic with several people voicing their disagreement of the move on various grounds including Thailand still does not have adequate vaccination coverage; there is fear that reopening more widely to foreign tourists will led to mutated Covid strains coming into the country which will worsen the situation; while others asked Gen. Prayut why he is reopening the country to more tourists before schools do so.
From when the Prime Minister’s address ended till 2.45 p.m. today there were 1.09 million Tweets on this topic which remained the number one trend for Thailand
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, inset text states #Prayut is the top Twitter trend in Thailand with 933k Tweets as of late this morning. Photo: Sanook.com