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Curfew to End in 17 ‘Dark Red’ Zones Oct. 31

Sukhumvit Soi 23, a street leading into the Soi Cowboy red-light district, is nearly deserted as Thailand imposes a national night-time curfew to arrest the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and the Covid-19 pulmonary disease it causes. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)
Sukhumvit Soi 23, a street leading into the Soi Cowboy red-light district, is nearly deserted as Thailand imposes a national night-time curfew to arrest the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and the Covid-19 pulmonary disease it causes. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

The night-time curfew in 17 provinces set to welcome foreign tourists Nov. 1 will be lifted Oct. 31.

Certain disease control measures will remain in place, while nightclubs and bars also cannot reopen.

The end of the curfew in the “dark red” coronavirus maximum and strict control zones was announced in the Royal Gazette, along with the guidelines and protocols to accommodate Thailand’s reopening to international visitors on Nov. 1.

In time for Halloween, the curfew will no longer be enforced in these specific areas, however activities deemed at high risk will still be prohibited. Nightclubs, bars, karaoke venues and other similar nightlife venues cannot open yet.

Oddly, the curfew will only be lifted in certain districts of some provinces, which will lead to an enforcement nightmare.

Thailand is planning to accept fully vaccinated tourists arriving by air from low-risk countries from Nov. 1 without only one night of quarantine.

Eligible tourists must present documentations to prove their full COVID-19 vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test, and travel insurance.

Eligible tourists will be allowed to travel freely within the pilot tourism areas in 17 provinces quarantine-free, namely Bangkok, Krabi, Chon Buri (only Bang Lamung, Si Racha, Ko Sichang districts; Na Jomtien and Bang Saray subdistricts in Sattahip, and Pattaya City), Chiang Mai (only the city district, Doi Tao, Mae Rim, and Mae Taeng districts), Trat (only Ko Chang district), Buriram (only the city district), Prachuab Khiri Khan (only Hua Hin and Nong Kae subdistricts), Phang Nga, Phetchaburi (only Cha-Am City Municipality), Phuket, Ranong (only Ko Phayam), Rayong (only Ko Samet), Loei (only Chiang Khan district), Samut Prakan (only within Suvarnabhumi International Airport), Surat Thani (only Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, and Ko Tao), Nong Khai (only the city district, Sangkhom, Si Chang Mai, and Tha Bo district), and Udon Thani (only the city district, Ban Dung, Kumphawapi, Na Yung, Nong Han, and Prachaksinlapakhom districts).