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Phuket arrivals increase on Day 1 of new entry measures

Phuket arrivals increase on Day 1 of new entry measures

PHUKET: More than 4,400 international arrivals are expected to land in Phuket today (May 1), the first day under the new entry measures that no longer require a COVID test before departure or after landing in Phuket.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 1 May 2022, 05:08PM

The number of arrivals today is already nearly double the daily average for the past few months, which regularly struggled to see more than 2,000 arrivals a day in Phuket, including Thais returning home, expats and even transit passengers.

The number of foreign tourists coming to Phuket is expected to continue to rise, said Monchai Tanode, General Manager of Phuket international Airport (AoT Phuket), this morning.

Mr Manode was on hand to welcome the 324 arrivals who landed at Phuket airport at 6:55am on Qatar Airways Flight QR842 ‒ the first flight to arrive under the new entry measures.

“On average there are about 27 international inbound flights per day already scheduled for this month,” said Mr Manode.

“This is the first day of the change in entry rules, and we have both domestic and international passengers arriving continuously,” he said.

“After this the number of tourists travelling to Phuket is expected to be no less than 5,000 people a day,” Mr Manode said.

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The atmosphere inside the arrivals hall had noticeably improved, officials noted.

“It is particularly busy,” one officer said.

Mr Manode also conducted a final inspection of all the locations where arrivals are processed for entry, including Immigration, Customs and the Thailand Pass counter, where entry documents are checked.

“Everything is in good order. The whole process has been made simpler and it is much more convenient for tourists,” he said.

Phuket Quarantine officials at the airport confirmed that the last person to enter Phuket under the Test & Go entry measures, was cleared by officials to leave the airport just before midnight last night.

The number of international arrivals under the Sandbox and Test & Go entry schemes since Nov 1, when the Test & Go scheme was launched, totalled 500,555, Phuket Quarantine officials said.

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Kakka2 | 02 May 2022 - 14:01:51

end of Ramadan and the traditional Indian season ( low season ) have shown a quiet strong pick up in the last 4-5 days... let see if this trend keep going for the rest of the month..  in my hotels we since yesterday packed with those nationality..let hope it continue until Aussie next school break and EU summer season...

CaptainJack69 | 02 May 2022 - 12:46:48

Good. Positive news. Lets wait and see what the numbers are like in 2 weeks though. Right now we're seeing the 'in-rush' effect of people who've been waiting for the new measures before travelling. May is traditionally the absolute worst month for arrivals and you can see now that the rain is really on its way. Things aren't going to get busy now until October at the earliest.

Kurt | 02 May 2022 - 10:58:36

Very twisting bla bla of Thai airport officials. The 'New' Thailand Pass started registration on April 29th. Don't tell us that people already arrive with documents according the new regiem, as there are a number of days in advance required to apply for the new Thailand Pass.

Grumpyman | 02 May 2022 - 09:21:00

This cannot be due to the change in the Thai Pass as these travelers would have had to complete the application with the old restrictions.

JohnC | 02 May 2022 - 09:06:11

....4400 international tourists are "expected" to land in Phuket today.  Since all arriving passengers are known long before they even land you should know exactly, not "expected". Usually it is the TAT exaggerating the figures, now it is the airport manager. May I remind officials that today is the traditional start of the rainy low season and you say arrival figures are going...


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