Officials meet to assess Hua Hin’s readiness to reopen to foreign tourists


Officials met on Thursday (Oct 28) to iron out the final details of Hua Hin’s reopening plan and to asses the town’s readiness to reopen to vaccinated foreign tourists.

With November 1 being a matter of days away, officials including Mr. Jeerawat Prahmanee, Permanent Secretary of Hua Hin Municipality converged on Hua Hin’s District Office to attend the meeting chaired by Mr. Ram Singhasophit, Deputy District Chief of Administrative Administration Group, acting on behalf of Hua Hin District.

The meeting heard how Hua Hin and Nong Kae subdistricts have been designated as the pilot areas for tourism in Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Fully vaccinated foreign tourists who arrive in Thailand from one of the 46 low risk countries and territories and who then test negative on day 1 of their arrival will be free to go anywhere in Thailand under the ‘Test & Go’ policy. They will then need to self test on day 6 or 7.

However, those who are fully vaccinated but travel to Thailand from a country deemed not to be low risk are required to not travel outside Hua Hin and Nong Kae for the first seven days before being allowed to move on to other areas of Thailand.

They will only be allowed to travel to other parts of Thailand if they test negative after taking a test on day 6 of their stay.

The meeting also heard how up to 400 high definition CCTV cameras, some with facial recognition capabilities, will be used to monitor the movements and help ensure the safety of foreign tourists during their stay.

The CCTV system can be linked to a mobile app to track tourists if and when such an is developed, officials said.

Meanwhile, another meeting also held on Thursday at Prachuap Khiri Khan City Hall revealed how 300 premises have now been awarded the SHA+ certification.

One of the criteria for a business to be awarded an SHA+ certification that at least 70 percent of staff need to have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.