Pattaya’s mayor sees a revival in the city’s tourism industry in February with the restart of the Test & Go program.
Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome said he expects more tourists to visit the city after Test & Go resumes and Pattaya gets back its previous “sandbox” status.
That will allow tourists from any country to visit the city, although Test & Go tourists from 63 countries have the advantage that they can go anywhere after testing negative on arrival for Covid-19.
Sandbox tourists are supposed to stay in the area for a week, but it’s impossible to monitor their movements, as long as they check in at their hotels daily.
Sonthaya said 10% of the 200,000 tourists Thailand saw in November-December went to Pattaya. He expects that to continue.