Asia Minute: Thailand’s Gradual Opening Still Doesn’t Include International Travel

Jun 15, 2020

One of the latest locations to ease public restrictions imposed after the coronavirus pandemic is Thailand.

For the first time in more than ten weeks, there is no curfew in Thailand. Authorities imposed it back in early April, and lifting it is the latest in a series of steps of gradual re-opening.

International schools and other small schools with no more than 120 students can open today, and government organizations can hold meetings again.

Restaurants are open with social distancing, and while there are no longer any limits on domestic travel, trains and buses can only be at 70% capacity.

It’s all part of the fourth phase of a gradual re-opening for Thailand.

Authorities said they were able to take the latest steps because the country has now been through six weeks with fewer than ten new cases of COVID-19 on most days. Thailand has a little more than 3,100 cases overall, with nearly 60 deaths.

There are still restrictions in the country — bars are still closed and there are no international flights.

The popular beach destination of Phuket just opened to domestic travelers over the weekend for the first time since April. The beaches were opened last weekend, and domestic flights were cleared after Phuket had no new cases for 19 days.

There is still no timetable for when international flights might resume.