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NSC Chief inspects Phuket airport for May 1 readiness

NSC Chief inspects Phuket airport for May 1 readiness

PHUKET: Secretary-General of the National Security Council (NSC), Gen Supot Malaniyom, inspected Phuket International Airport yesterday (Apr 27) in anticipation of larger numbers of tourists expected to arrive as entry measures to the country are eased from May 1.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 28 April 2022, 10:25AM

Gen Supot, formerly chief-of-staff of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, said the visit was to check the readiness of tourists to be ready to welcome tourists, which will help revitalise the economy and tourism in Phuket and at the national level.

Joining Gen Supot were Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong, Phuket Airport General Manager Monchai Tanode and the heads of various local government agencies, including Immigration, Customs, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket Office and the Office of Disease Prevention and Control Region 11 office in Nakhon Sri Thammarat, which oversees all public health operations in Phuket.

The inspection follows the announcement by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) last Friday that the Test & Go entry scheme will be effectively abolished from this Sunday (May 1) as vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to be tested for COVID-19 on landing.

Likewise, all unvaccinated travellers who provide negative RT-PCR test results taken within 72 hours of departure will also no longer be required to be tested on arrival.

The visit also comes amid growing momentum for officials to abolish the Thailand Pass registration system, which is currently still in effect. The Thailand Pass system has been widely criticised by key tourism figures as the main barrier deterring tourists from wanting to come to Thailand. Officials are now starting to recognise that understanding.

The previous “easing” of COVID entry measures had very little positive effect on the number of tourists coming to the country. The most recent Phuket Reopening Daily Report issued by the TAT, for Tuesday (Apr 26), marked only 1,862 international arrivals at the airport. Of those, 132 “arrivals” were in transit.

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Kurt | 28 April 2022 - 14:08:13

Wow, reading in 1st  & 2nd paragraph about all these high ranking Officials who walk Phuket Airport. Comically, after 'High season' is over. Just another show of: 'See who we are, now you wai'.   Childish Charade stuff. Without their visit nothing will change in arriving/departing. Of course  they avoided to notice the tourist transport cartel business. That would means: Work t...

CaptainJack69 | 28 April 2022 - 12:23:17

Pointless PR. The changes on May 1st are totally insignificant and will not affect international arrival in any way. Travelers still need expensive insurance, do a load of paper-work and (most importantly) still need to get a COVID test, just not a PCR one. Expecting any kind of surge is foolish, maybe 4 months ago, but now it's far too late.

Ash Ward | 28 April 2022 - 10:53:02

Gen Supot checks the readiness of Phuket Airport for the large number of tourists to arrive. With less than 2000 daily arrivals the low season has arrived. Just wishfull thinking of those  at the top.


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