Does Pattaya really want to open to tourists?
The question is justified.
When you read the conditions for coming to Pattaya as a tourist in October, you become thoughtful.
The strategy with the Sandbox, which was intended to stop infection from outside, has been overplayed, the situation has changed completely.
For example, Thailand has 400% more death rates than Germany at present.
The vaccination rate in Europe is 70-80, Thailand 15%, Pattaya in October hopefully 70%.
To play in the sandbox as a foreigner, you must be fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR test before Your trip.
Is this not enough? Would fully vaccinated foreigners further aggravate the infection? Absolutely unreasonable!
The tourists are fully vaccinated to 100%, Thais in the tourist areas to 70%.
Which group is most at risk of spreading the infection? The answer is simple.
The tourists do not contribute to spreading the infection, if you are fully vaccinated you do not pose a problem.
If fully vaccinated were a problem, the world would never be able to open up.
The current Sandbox does not differ significantly from last year’s rules on 2-week quarantine in special hotels. How many came to Pattaya last winter season? The city was completely dead.
Now you must stay at the Sandbox hotel for 1 week. After that, you will be guided around different sights in week 2.
It may possibly suit a first-time visitor. But there is hardly anyone in this group who wants to visit Thailand at present.
With the proposed rules, unfortunately, Pattaya will be dead also this winter. One can only hope that these rules are only a first attempt and that new, more tourist-friendly ones will come.