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Phuket Sandbox Workshop prepares for July 1 reopening

Phuket Sandbox Workshop prepares for July 1 reopening

PHUKET: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) together with the Phuket Provincial Government hosted a ‘Phuket Sandbox Workshop’ in Phuket yesterday (June 12) to prepare the island to safely reopen to local and international visitors from July 1.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 13 June 2021, 09:30AM

TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn travelled to Phuket in person to lead the workshop, which was also attended by all three Phuket Vice Governors ‒ Piyapong Choowong, Pichet Panapong and Vikrom Jakthee – as well as TAT Deputy Governors, reported the TAT’s main office in Bangkok.

Also presenting at the workshop were Phuket Tourist Association President Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, along with representatives and figures from Phuket’s tourism-related public and private sectors, the TAT reported.

The workshop was described as “a vital opportunity for government officials, business operators, and community leaders to address in detail on all points concerning the reopening of Phuket as a pilot destination to welcome fully vaccinated foreign visitors from 1 July, 2021, onwards”.

The workshop consisted of four key discussions: marketing strategy and communications plan to promote Phuket in Q3/2021; standard operating procedures and specified routes for vaccinated foreign visitors during their stay in Phuket; COVID-19 restrictions, entry/exit measures and contact tracing guidelines, and the importance of the SHA Plus certification.

The TAT report noted that “the final official details of the Phuket Sandbox model are currently under review by the Royal Thai Government”, but directed people to view its comprehensive list of details and entry requirements that are currently expected to be introduced.

The Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA), chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, on June 4 approved the Phuket Sandbox reopening for July 1.

However, the scheme still requires confirmation from the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), which is expected to announce its decision next Friday (June 18), before the plan is presented to the Cabinet for final approval on June 22.

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maverick | 17 June 2021 - 13:47:13

One suspects that when take up is low there will some relaxation over the course of July incl letting expats return to their homes - this was a cynical attempt to provide income to hotels - better solution would be a 7 day stay which would have encouraged more genuine tourists......badly thought through 

drmokie | 17 June 2021 - 11:22:53

These guys on “on the take.”  Sandbox travelers must stay in “approved hotels.” I rent a house there, so I still can’t come home. Thai corruption at its zenith. Travelers will never go for this plan. STUPID. 

Kurt | 16 June 2021 - 19:38:12

Much true info they withhold. Fully vaccinated german friends want to travel to Phuket, stay in their own villa. Can NOT! They must go first 14 days in a SHA hotel without quarantine as they may move around, but not stay in own villa. Arriving here no app in phone. They would get a wristband with app. Must pay deposit for it. They cancelled Thailand trip. 

chris007 | 15 June 2021 - 13:56:21

Some airlines are recommending vexxinated people not fly due to the high risk of deep vein thrombosis as the side effect of the covid 19 vexxines is clotting. The WHO / CDC sanctioned restrictions are here to stay regardless of  70% or 100% vexxination. Good luck with the sandbox fellows ! Pie in the sky or egg on their face. When are they going to realise their being conned by the WHO & CDC ?

lelecuneo | 14 June 2021 - 12:42:09

so can we have a beer with friends in our home again? will groups of tourist drinking in their room be arrested? 

Kurt | 13 June 2021 - 15:00:36

The RT-PCR test setting is/was a test maximum 72 hrs before boarding a flight to Thailand.  Now TAT comes out of the blue  with info that it has changed it , not announced, into arrival on Phuket within that 72 hrs window. And so they keep sneaky flip-flopping. Complete unreliable, can't trust them.

Kurt | 13 June 2021 - 11:00:59

What can proposed foreign tourist make up about " entry requirements currently expected to be introduced".?  There is to much loose sand in the sandbox.  See photo and compare with their DMHTTA,  for them no Distance. Time wise the requirement to have upon arrival Phuket a RT-PCR test not older than 72 hours is almost impossible for many foreign tourist.


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