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Phuket Poll: Is Phuket ready to open for ‘travel bubbles’?

Phuket Poll: Is Phuket ready to open for ‘travel bubbles’?

PHUKET: Officials have announced that a ‘travel bubble’ trial run is to begin to determine whether Phuket is ready to receive tourists again, but in a ‘contained’ environment. The announcement received a flood of comments, ranging from clear support to sheer derision, claiming that Phuket – and Thailand – is simply not ready.

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By The Phuket News

Sunday 16 August 2020, 04:14PM


A woman receives hand sanitiser at Phuket International Airport. Photo: AoT Phuket

A woman receives hand sanitiser at Phuket International Airport. Photo: AoT Phuket

Readers raised many valid points, including whether Phuket should receive direct international flights or whether tourists should be cleared in Bangkok first then come to Phuket, as made clear by Royal Thai Army Deputy Commander-in-Chief Gen Natthapol Nakpanit during his visit on Thursday (Aug 13).
 
However, Gen Natthapol also pointed out that the final decision as to whether travel bubbles to Phuket would be approved would be down to Phuket officials and residents to prove that the island is ready.
 
To help provide some insight as to whether people believe Phuket is ready to receive its first international tourists since the COVID-19 lockdown began, The Phuket News asks readers the simple question, “Is Phuket ready to open for ‘travel bubbles’?”
 
Responses available in the poll are:
 
  • Yes – Get started, we can’t hide from COVID-19 forever.
  • Yes – But only if the checking procedures, hotels and tour venues are properly vetted and approved
  • No – Phuket is not ready, more needs to be done to ensure Phuket is safe from international visitors.
  • No – The risk for anywhere to reopen to tourists right now is too great.
To vote in the poll, click here.
 
The poll will remain open through to midnight next Saturday (Aug 22).
 
If your preferred response is not available, feel free to add it in the comments below.
 

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CaptainJack69 | 17 August 2020 - 12:32:00

PN: Judging by responses to previous articles you need to explain the 'travel bubble' concept again. Results of this poll will be worthless if respondents don't understand what they're voting for.

Shwe | 17 August 2020 - 11:32:32

World wide governments have had months to boost their health care systems. Improving them even more whilst still allowing international travel would have been money well spent rather than giving small handouts

Kurt | 17 August 2020 - 04:52:06

General Natthapol made it very clear: Opening up Phuket for international tourists is 100% responsibility of Phuket Officials. He, in Bangkok, not  take any responsibility for what will happen on Phuket. A good general, at least he made very clear that it is not his call. So, now we wait for green light from Phuket Governor to put Phuket on opening risk. Bali doesn't.

Victor Peeke | 17 August 2020 - 03:23:56

Yes. Covid-19 is here for the foreseeable future and to consider lockdown until it is eradicated is not an option. As stated many times,  58 deaths from Covid-19 is far less damaging than 8,000 deaths on the roads so far this year.  The economic and stress, caused by this pandemic can be effectively dealt with, and Thailand has dealt with it exceptionally well. You can't shut it out. Deal with...

 

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