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Anutin, Phiphat arrive in Phuket, assure July 1 reopening

Anutin, Phiphat arrive in Phuket, assure July 1 reopening

PHUKET: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul and Tourism & Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn in Phuket today (May 15) delivered a message of support from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirming that Phuket will open to fully vaccinated international tourists from July 1.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 15 May 2021, 04:06PM

Speaking at a special meeting convened at Phuket Provincial Hall early this afternoon “to prepare for the opening of the ‘Phuket Sandbox 1 July’ policy”, Mr Anutin brought good tidings from Prime Minister Prayut, who did not attend today, despite the announcement yesterday evening.

Present to receive the message at Provincial Hall today were Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew, the island’s three Vice Governors, President of the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation (PPAO, or OrBorJor) Rewat Areerob along with a hos tof officials from relevant government departments on the island as well as representatives from Phuket’s private sector.

“All stakeholders who are frontline warriors working to solve the problem of the COVID-19 epidemic situation have earned the goodwill and concern from General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who also believes that Phuket is ready to prepare for the opening of the Phuket Tourism Sandbox on July 1 for sure,” Mr Anutin said.

“Phuket will be a pilot province that will bring the economy back up. In the past, Phuket Province generated several hundreds of billions of baht of income for the country per year and Thailand relies heavily on tourism income.

“Phuket is therefore an outpost to revive the economy for whatever country the government can support [in receiving international tourists from]. The government is ready to act as soon as possible. This has been clearly proved, such as by the large number of vaccine doses that Phuket has been allocated to vaccinate the people in the area to cover all groups and be as safe as possible as the ‘Phuket Model’,” he added.

Mr Anutin reiterated that all people should be patient and persevere, saying that he believed that through vaccines “it will be game over”.

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“When the economy is good, everyone gets better, so use patience to believe that good things will follow,” he said.

As part of his visit, Mr Anutin is to hand over 100,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine ‘CoronaVac’ to Phuket officials in order to continue the mass-vaccination campaign on the island.

Another 100,000 doses are to arrive in Phuket on May 18, Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol explained yesterday (May 14).

Phuket officials are to receive the first delivery of AstraZeneca vaccine doses early next month, to be used to vaccinate people over 60 years of age and those suffering from serious medical conditions.

The mass-vaccination campaign will continue with the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccinations throughout May and June, inoculating some 440,000 people on the island in time for Phuket to reopen to selected international tourists from July 1, he said.

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Kurt | 17 May 2021 - 09:28:03

....Economy- and Covid-19 wise.  Non vaccinated retirees who normally have several times a year family/friends over from home countries will now, not vaccinated, not do that. The Phuket leisure industry cuts off itself financially a lot by not vaccinating Retirees same way as they vaccinated the Thai elderly. Lets hope Officialdom vaccinating  Retirees thinking get more realistic.

Kurt | 17 May 2021 - 09:14:34

What will be the 'Phuket Opening' by 1 July? Everything open normal as before, no 'requested' curfew? How to do that safe as long they refuse to vaccinate the here living retirees? That are people with spending power ( foreign pensions) who than not-vaccinated go out again for meals/drinks. By not vaccinating inhabitants with spending power is crazy. Economy- and Covid-19 control w...

Little Tommy Tucker | 16 May 2021 - 17:02:07

Sam Thompson, how many tourists do you think will want to come to Phuket to be told they cannot go for a drink outside their hotel (will they even be allowed to have drinks in the hotel), have to be back in their hotel by 10 pm etc etc?

Sam Thompson | 16 May 2021 - 14:42:53

I wonder if there is going to be a problem when we have 'fully vaccinated' tourists mingling with the many 'yet-to-be-vaccinated' others who are living here.....will things still be on lockdown with 10.00pm curfew, no pubs, clubs and eating out only until 9.00pm. How will they be able to control the potential chaos.

DeKaaskopp | 16 May 2021 - 11:46:24

OMG Kurt, the question from Snafu was about booking hotels after a possible opening on July 1.  Nothing !!!! to do with current measures. You are so sloooow !

Kurt | 16 May 2021 - 11:06:01

@Snafu, Yes, since 15 May you only can go on 'scamming safari' through quarantine in special hotels with special rates. During quarantine they prepare you about were you may go/not go on Phuket after being released. Clear and regimental. No self initiatives needed. A lifetime experience to bring back to home country.

Kurt | 16 May 2021 - 10:57:08

Hip-hop, hip hop. Hurry up, and wait! 'We' still learning how to govern a country. It is so different from running army barracks. We still learning to think. Not easy, we already think 7 years how to reform the RTP. It is brain cracking.

Nasa12 | 16 May 2021 - 06:46:18

The flipp flopp gang, promise and promise.

Kurt | 16 May 2021 - 00:19:16

14 May, Min. promises walk-in virus shots. 15 May, Min delayed walks-ins vaccination. 14  May, evening, Prayut is going Phuket on 15th. 15 May, Prayut didn't go Phuket. 14 May, V/G says zero infections asap. We expect that within 2 weeks. 15 May, Governor admits Covid cases continue to climb. What to think about governing people of this country?

Snafu | 15 May 2021 - 20:01:10

If I only know can I reserve my acommondation from any hotel I want. There are rumours of only SHA sertified hotels participation as well as crazy 200,000 baht 7 day packages. 

maverick | 15 May 2021 - 18:47:30

Terrific news for local business’s to see some hope for the future also good for those of us who want to get out of Phuket to visit relatives in Europe - knowing we can get back without having to quarantine.

Little Tommy Tucker | 15 May 2021 - 18:12:26

Need these two august individual have a fanfare upon the arrival. I guess over the last year Thai officials have brought hope and succour to the poor people of Phuket.

Nasa12 | 15 May 2021 - 16:46:33

There are not many on these pictures who look so optimistic about July 1st.


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