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‘Phuket Model’ still in process, ‘may take time’

‘Phuket Model’ still in process, ‘may take time’

PHUKET: Deputy government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul today (Aug 28) moved to calm fears that Phuket technically being allowed to receive international tourists from Oct 1 would open the floodgates for foreign tourists to enter the country and spark an outbreak of COVID-19.

By The Phuket News

Friday 28 August 2020, 05:18PM

Deputy government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul speaking at Government House in Bangkok today (Aug 28). Photo: NNT

Deputy government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul speaking at Government House in Bangkok today (Aug 28). Photo: NNT

Speaking at a press conference at Government House today, Ms Traisuree explained very clearly that the "Phuket Model" for allowing tourists to enter the country was still under consideration.

“There will be a lot more steps to be approved, in order to ensure that a second wave of COVID-19 will not happen,” she said.

The measures still yet to be considered and decided on include which foreigners will be allowed to come, the steps to be taken to test the foreigners to make sure they are not infected, and the protection measures that will prevent any potential spread of the disease, she said.

“The Phuket Model will be tourism under the ‘new normal’. There will be 14 days of quarantine and limited areas where the tourists can go, before letting them travel to other areas,” she added.

“Importantly, the tourists must come from the countries that have low risk of COVID-19,” Ms Traisuree said.

“It may take time, but we must take as long as we need to be sure that opening the country to foreign tourists will not lead to a second wave of the pandemic,” Ms Traisuree said.

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“Phuket people and other Thais do not have to worry… the government will prepare and work as carefully as possible, in order to prevent any second outbreak,” she added.

“During this period, the government invites Thai people to travel to stimulate the economy and help people in each area make a living,” she said.

The move to calm fears and dispel any understanding that Oct 1 will mark the reopening of mass tourism to the country as it was before the COVID-19 outbreak follows Phuket officials on Tuesday announcing their basic outline for their ‘5T’ policy for allowing tourists to arrive in Phuket.

However, in making that announcement, Phuket officials were very clear that the exact measures to be implemented had yet to be decided on, and that any measures to be implemented must first be approved by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) in Bangkok.


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Jor12 | 30 August 2020 - 18:51:38

Jack....possibly because people are more acutely aware that catching a  communicable disease that could easily kill you or others is more life threatening than motor accidents or not wearing helmets.  Bit like gambling, study the odds then make a judgment.

CaptainJack69 | 29 August 2020 - 12:10:19

It's amazing these people are so terrified of COVID yet will happily jump on motorbikes with no helmets. It shows the power of social pressure that they are so afraid of something they've only heard about on the news but couldn't give 2 hoots about injury and death from the collisions they have all personally witnessed on the roads.

Little Tommy Tucker | 29 August 2020 - 10:21:10

And the people of Phuket will continue to suffer. Who cares about the street vendors, the ex 'entertainment' workers, hospitality workers etc, certainly not the Thai government.

Jiang | 29 August 2020 - 09:40:47

be struck between sufficient preventive measures and the pleasure & interests of the tourists. The Thai people must accept the fact that a certain degree of risks is to be expected, otherwise the Thais must accept the fact that the plan is not likely to achieve the expected results. All could be in vain. The measures proposed by the Thai authorities are too restrictive - making one feel more l...

Kurt | 29 August 2020 - 09:20:38

'Open the flood gates for foreign tourists'? 'Re opening Phuket for mass tourism'?  Huh? With that '5T' policy?  Well, some countries, were they are scientifically a bit further, reduced the 14 days quarantine already to 10 days. A contributing thought perhaps in starting that 'flood' / 'mass tourism' ?  Something I not see to take place in 1 month time ( 01...

Rorri_2 | 29 August 2020 - 09:12:04

well, 2 weeks in quarantine, average 2 week sightseeing, then 2 weeks in quarantine, when they arrive home... so, for a 2 week holiday they spend 4 weeks in quarantine... there seems something wrong with Thai logic....oh wait, it's normal for most Thais.

ThorFinger | 29 August 2020 - 03:21:39

So.... after the world's governments and media scare the population over a flu that is only really dangerous to a specific section of the population, they now try to back pedal to reassure people is really ok. 
You reap what you sow. 

Nasa12 | 28 August 2020 - 18:07:49

‘may take time’ This will never happen believe me.  Who is it that will stay in quarantine for 16 days at a minimum price of 11,000 baht for one day.  And if there is one entourage of 2 or 3, then everyone must have its own room.

Foot | 28 August 2020 - 17:29:40

Not to worry.  Very few real tourist will come to Thailand under the restrictive 5T protocol.  Much easier to tour their own or some other country.


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