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No One Asked, But Anutin Offers Ideas on Rules for Thailand’s Nov. 1 Reopening

Never one to shirk the spotlight, Anutin offered his unsolicited advice on the the regulations that will govern the admittance of fully vaccinated foreign tourists next month

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul always has something to say, even when no one asked.
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul always has something to say, even when no one asked.

The details have not been announced. Nothing has been decided. And the public health minister doesn’t have a vote. But Anutin Charnvirakul has laid out his idea of what rules for Thailand’s Nov. 1 reopening should look like.

Never one to shirk the spotlight, Anutin offered his unsolicited advice on the the regulations that will govern the admittance of fully vaccinated foreign tourists next month.

He suggested visitors should be required to spend a night in the city of entry to wait for their coronavirus test result.

No matter the city they stay that first night, tourists soudl be requried to spend the first night at an Alternative State Quarantine facility or an authorized SHA+ hotel to wait for the result.

Visitors, of course, would have to cover the cost of the test and the pricey government-approved hotel.

But once a negative test result comes back, visitors would be free to go where they like, Anutin said, echoing the concept laid out on television by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Normally more conservative than Prayut, Anutin actually wants to the see the November reopening expanded from the proposed 10 “low-risk” countries.

According to Thai-langugage media sources, Anutin is not alone and a larger list of countries is being prepared and will be proposed to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administraiton.

On this list are 24 European Union countries, five Nordic nations (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), Israel, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, India, Japan, South Korea and Qatar.

The CCSA defied expectations Thursday when it did not release the list of 10 countries referenced by Prayut.

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