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Phuket reopening plan approved

PHUKET: The Phuket Sandbox plan has been officially approved by the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) to allow the island to reopen to foreign tourists by first reducing then eliminating mandatory quarantine requirements.

By The Phuket News

Friday 26 March 2021, 05:47PM

Photo: Royal Thai Government

Photo: Royal Thai Government

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn announced today (Mar 26) that tourists visiting Phuket who have been vaccinated and tested negative will now have the mandatory quarantine period reduced to seven days.

From July 1 quarantine will not be required for tourists visiting the island, on the basis they have been vaccinated and tested negative for COVID-19. 

“In the second quarter of this year, we will open for tourists who are fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine to some areas, but they have to face quarantine for seven days,” he said.

“The areas are Phuket, Phang Nga, Koh Smui, Pattaya, and Chaing Mai.

“For the third quarter, tourists will not face quarantine only in Phuket,” he said.


“Then, in the last quarter, we will open for tourists without quarantine in Krabi, Phang Nga, Koh Samui, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. However, they still must follow disease control measures,” he added.

“For the roadmap to open Phuket as the first area in the country, 70% of people on the island must be vaccinated to create the herd immunity before July 1,” he said.

“We expect about 100,000 tourists to visit Phuket in the second quarter, and more tourists thereafter.

“Within this year, we expect about 6.5 million tourists to visit Thailand and generate income estimated at B350 billion.”

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Kurt | 30 March 2021 - 08:40:12

Opening up Phuket before all the inhabitants are vaccinated with a solid high protection percentage vaccine(!) is asking for a Phuket Island disaster. .."we expect, we expect generating".., it's just again about money only. Not about health of local people.

Welsh John | 29 March 2021 - 21:12:12

I hope to come to my house in Phuket in July/August. I have had my first AZ vaccine dose and the second is in May. My wife has not had her first yet so this is a worry as she may not have 2 doses in time. We can only come at this time because our daughter is 9 and we only come on her summer break. how many tourists will be fully vacinated for the second quarter or even the third quarter? 

Foot | 29 March 2021 - 12:07:33

@Mobile.  Am I one of your "Serial Complainers?" I have lived here for 12 years.  My biggest frustration is how Thai authorities will not attempt to solve any problem if the solution has been tested or suggested by a western country.  That's why everything is so 3rd world.  Basic services could be improved. But, nope. 

DeKaaskopp | 28 March 2021 - 18:37:09

@Mobile   Agree 100%.  The serial complainer are a total embarrassment. Always forgetting about the good life we have here. Whining about that Thailand opens (maybe) soon for vaccinated people ? That can come only from those who do not care about the economy or the life of others because they have a nice pension. Selfishness at its best.

Kurt | 28 March 2021 - 11:09:20

@ Mobile, You are right. All because Thailand as a country is in a sort of lock down. When parts of Thailand to soon open up, a wave of Covid-19 infection will come up due to fact not yet enough vaccinations among population done. You can wait for it. A sad scenario to look forward for.

Mobile | 28 March 2021 - 09:33:10

I see that most of you continue to complain about all and everything in Thailand. Mostly based on half truths and inaccurate facts. Thailand is doing a very good job protecting its residents from the pandemic.  You guys obviously have no idea about the situation in the rest of the world. Stop complaining and be thankful that its possible to have a normal life here, without lockdown. 

skip | 28 March 2021 - 01:46:56

to create true herd immunity remove all covid restrictions immediately. to dramatically reduce deaths and severity of viruses, take vitamin d3 7000iu 3 times a week, take a teaspoon of vitamin c powder with hesperidin in water daily and 1 zinc tablet daily. there is published peer reviewed data to support this. tony fauci US CMO takes vitamin d3 7000iu every day by his own admission. simplicity.

skip | 28 March 2021 - 01:39:32

kurt, true re 50% efficacy. if you look into published data you will see the vaccinated group were all under 50, perfect health, no morbidities or diseases. it should have been done on a cross section of people with health issues and an age group up to 85 years of age. this is falsified data and the true efficacy will be under 20%. you wont see this on tv. censorship by omission.

Foot | 27 March 2021 - 13:20:58

Too bad there is no brain in the tourism lion.  why would 100,000 tourists visit Phuket in the second quarter, and more tourists thereafter, if everything is closed?
BTW, still no answer to the question: Pretty much all the tourist attractions are closed.  If you were a tourist, would you spend the money to visit someplace that isn't really open?  

Kurt | 27 March 2021 - 12:19:36

@ Skip, the Sinovac vaccine is not good ( 50% only). So Thailand remains in 'not sure + quarantine  times'. It is a choice Thailand made. It is not getting out the Covid-19 mess. Very simple. I don't know or it has to do with their less respectful thinking about life of no 'Hi-So's'.

Kurt | 27 March 2021 - 10:54:52

After restart flying thai airlines, I will not fly any of them the first month they will operate. The Lord may know how much is maintenance behind time, or not done at all. Possible they think,: "not used, so no need to service".  Who knows their sometimes thinking? Perhaps no money either for proper plane services before restart?

goldwing | 27 March 2021 - 09:09:01

Whatever you do do not book with Thai airlines, I decided to use some of my Frequent flyer points to book a flight Phuket BKK return, I need to change my return date, but seems all Thai offices are closed even though the automatic answering service still take the call and tells you they are open, This has to be the crappiest airline in the world

skip | 27 March 2021 - 01:29:00

if the vaccine is so good and creates herd immunity, why do they still require testing, quarantining and following covid guidelines ? we know the vaccine is 50% ineffective so the conclusion is WHO "s press release is true, there will never  be a return to normality and there will never be a removal of any covid restrictions.

NielsC | 27 March 2021 - 00:12:04

Will children arriving as tourists be required to have been vaccinated? What is the age limit?

soi bsng u. | 26 March 2021 - 23:18:12

I don't like Thai govt. My Thai  wife been in Thailand since 2019 & military dictatorship has made it so hard for me able to travel *& visit my wife. THAILAND CONDEMNS Burma but they are a military dictatorship too???


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