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Phuket talks discuss arrival of Russian tourists next month

Phuket talks discuss arrival of Russian tourists next month

PHUKET: Vladimir V. Sosnov, Consul General of the Russian Federation for Phuket Province, has met with Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong to discuss the prospect of Russian tourists returning to visit the island as soon as early next month.

By The Phuket News

Friday 8 October 2021, 03:30PM

Mr Sosnov and his delegation met Vice Governor Pichet and other high-ranking Phuket officials at Provincial Hall yesterday (Oct 7).

Among the issues discussed was the drafting of a “Memorandum of Understanding on Establishment of Relations between Phuket Province and Kamchatka City Russian Federation”.

The meeting was also held to exchange ideas on the project to open the country to receive foreign tourists under the Phuket Sandbox scheme, including Russian airlines that will travel to Phuket in early November 2021, said a report by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket).

Mr Sosnov said there are many Russians tourists interested in coming by travelling under the Phuket Sandbox project, said the report.

“However, the Russian government continues to monitor the situation of infected people in Thailand, where the infection situation is high,” Mr Sosnov said.

“Therefore, the Russian government has not yet recommended that Russian tourists come to Thailand,” he added.

Mr Sosnov reported that The Russian federation considers 40 new cases per day per 100,000 people to be a safe level of infections for Russian tourists to visit.

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“On this issue, Mr Phichet Panaphong, Vice Governor of Phuket, explained that Phuket has only 30 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, which is considered a safe area and has strict disease control measures,” the PR Phuket report said.

“In addition, more than 70% of the population in Phuket area has been fully vaccinated, and it is expected that by the end of October, there will be more than 70% of [the population having received] booster third injection vaccinations as well,” he added, according to the report.

V/Gov Pichet noted that 496 Russian tourists had travelled to Phuket under the Phuket Sandbox project since Sept 1.

“On behalf of Phuket, Thank you Consul General of Russian Federation for Phuket Province on the occasion of visiting and providing useful information about Phuket,” V/Gov Pichet said, added the report.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome Russian tourists and we hope that airlines from Russia will fly directly to Phuket soon. We would like to recommend that the Russian government expedite the approval of charter flights to fly into Phuket to further promote tourism between Russia and Phuket,” he said.

Before closing the meeting, and before the exchange of gifts, Mr Sosnov pointed out that the year 2022 will mark the 125th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Russia, the PR Phuket report noted.

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Christy Sweet | 10 October 2021 - 22:09:59

Not sure I'd agree with  assumptions on Russian character, but they sure are extremely dangerous drivers-too fast and too distracted- make Thai's look almost safety minded. Almost.

Graz | 10 October 2021 - 06:56:24

Phew!  Looks like I'm moving to Samui just in time.  Dodged a bullet (perhaps literally).

Kurt | 09 October 2021 - 10:27:08

@JohnC, there are good Russians too. Let's not generalize although many low class Russians indeed look down on Thai. A false superior behavior, based on nothing. Anyway, we just red in PN that Phuket Government push for their return. Signing MOU and so. 'Quality' is not a issue.

JohnC | 09 October 2021 - 09:12:05

One of the good things about the Covid virus was the lack of Russians here. One of the least popular nationalities amongst locals, that's for sure. The way they look down at  the Thais turns my stomach, like they think they are better when in reality most are still just communist peasants themselves.

PJ | 09 October 2021 - 02:17:23

Its not Russia that should be worried about infection rates - its Phuket.  Russia ranks a lowly 52nd on world table for tests per head of population but even so it ranks 30th for new cases per head,  and ranks 14th for daily deaths, a rate that has increasing over the past few weeks (source 

Kurt | 09 October 2021 - 00:53:34

Quite ambivalent how Thai officialdom works international tourism. On one hand they beg on their knees foreign countries to send tourists. On the other hand,  when tourists arrive they get culture shock of their life to experience to be  a money carrying parcel what can be treated regimental, including scamming with quarantine and PCR test prices, cheating, dual pricing, etc.

Nasa12 | 08 October 2021 - 19:25:03

Well well Sputnik vaccinated tourists, think LOS can be red zone very fast from every country in Europe. 


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