Tourists Can Visit Phuket Without the Need to Quarantine Come 1 July

International Tourists Can Visit Phuket Without the Need to Quarantine Come 1 July

Phuket will be reopening at least three months before the rest of the country. 

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In the past few weeks, news of Thailand shortening mandatory COVID-19 period for vaccinated tourists made the rounds. To add on to the piece of good news, tourists can finally pay Phuket a visit without the need to quarantine. This will be effective as of 1 July and will apply to vaccinated visitors arriving on the largest island in Thailand. 

While Thailand is only expected to fully reopen in October, Phuket will be the first in line to do so. It will be reopening at least three months before the rest of the country.

According to Deputy governor Pichet Panapong, Phuket has recorded no new COVID-19 cases in the past 89 days. As such, there is an urgent need to welcome back international visitors so as to revive the battered tourism sector.

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How is Phuket preparing for international visitor arrivals?

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To prepare for international visitor arrivals, Phuket will be amassing nearly 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. This is in hope that it will be able to inoculate at least 70 percent of local residents in line with ‘Phuket Tourism Sandbox’. The new pilot program seeks to reopen Phuket and several other destinations by the Andaman Sea by achieving herd community. 

The reopening of Phuket to foreign visitors will set the stage for other tourist hot spots such as Koh Samui. The Thailand government intends to test the reopening plan before expanding it to other destinations. 

Tourism in Thailand accounts for one-fifth of the country’s economy before the pandemic cut a swathe across the globe. According to the President of Phuket Tourism Association, Mr Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, an early reopening could boost the economy by more than 30 billion baht (S$1.3 billion).

With more of such announcement making waves, we are hopeful that travel may soon return to some semblance of normality. In the meantime, share this article with friends and family who’ve been longing to visit Phuket.

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