As of 1 November 2021, international visitors may fly into Thailand without mandatory quarantine if they are fully vaccinated and have negative test results pre-departure from low-risk countries, tentatively comprising of Australia, China (and Hong Kong), Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States.
The latest decisions, announced by Thailand’s Prime Minister, are part of Thailand’s “living with COVID” strategy and a key effort by the government to restart and boost the economy, while maintaining infections at a level that doesn’t overwhelm Thailand’s healthcare system. The moves, coupled with the continual relaxation of other countries’ travel restrictions, come after the pace of inoculations has been ramped up to major population and economic centers. The country's daily vaccination number increased threefold in July and kept increasing until Thailand rose to be among the 10 fastest countries in the world for administering shots, now *reaching 53.55 % of the total population and at this rate, 70 % could be fully vaccinated within 41 days, by 28 Nov. 2021.
The first of November also marks a reopening of Bangkok and some towns in Chiang Mai, Phetchaburi, Chonburi (including Pattaya) and Prachuap Khiri Khan (including Hua Hin) with an expected USD 44.8 billion in revenue. This is in pursuit of the successful Phuket sandbox scheme which has generated USD 69 million and 43,026 international arrivals.
In line with the positive progresses, the exhibition industry, one of Thailand’s key economic drivers which has been supported by Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), is eager for the reopening and the coming international arrivals. Obviously, COVID has had a significant impact on the industry and all of us, but exhibition stakeholders have adapted their strategies and tactics to speed their recovery and their ability to be a catalyst for recovery and reinvention for the markets they serve.
Venue operators across the country not only have strictly followed TCEB’s “New Normal” certified standards, but also have started to market and promote “new normal” event organization through TCEB’s subsidy and an introduction of innovation technology such as virtual inspection and online reservation system for exhibition venues. This September and October in Bangkok also see a virtual edition of several key trade shows including SUBCON Thailand, Medlab Asia and Asia Health, Thaifex, V-Connect Asia, LED Expo Thailand – Smartech ASEAN, Building Construction Technology Expo. The launch of virtual and digital solutions using cutting-edge technology demonstrates the resilience of Thailand's exhibition industry in the challenging times.