Phuket Sandbox Given Green Light

Despite the current Covid-19 issues in Thailand, The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have today confirmed that the “Phuket Sandbox” project will start on 1st July, 2021, as planned.

Main image longtail boat off Phuket, credit Jeff on flickr

“All of us at the Tourism Authority of Thailand share the excitement and anticipation of everyone in Phuket in the preparation to welcome back foreign tourists in the not-too-distant future. From 1 July, 2021, vaccinated foreign tourists will be allowed to visit Phuket without quarantine, so the countdown starts now to the reopening of Phuket!”

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor TAT

The approved plan stipulates that there would be no quarantine for international visitors, who have tested negative for Covid-19. and who must remain in Phuket for at least seven nights before travelling elsewhere in Thailand.

The Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA), chaired by Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-o-cha, approved the plan as part of wider Sandbox projects throughout the coutry due to start later in the year.

“The plan is aimed at accelerating the revival of the country’s tourism industry and paving the way for the reopening of other tourist destinations within Thailand.”

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor TAT

TAT is committed to working with tourism industry partners to ensure the smooth and successful opening of Phuket. This includes collaborating on publicising that Phuket is ready to receive international visitors, undertaking marketing and joint promotion activities to generate tourist traffic to Phuket in the third quarter (July – September) of this year and beyond.

“TAT would like to remind all of you to stay safe this challenging time, prepare for the time when travel and tourism returns, and we can all enjoy safe travel with our beloved family and friends.”

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor TAT

Thailand has been struggling to control the latest and largest outbreak of Covid-19 that the country has seen throughout the pandemic. Numbers in Bangkok and some other areas remain high, but have been mostly controlled in Phuket.

Thailand today reported a further 2,230 cases of Covid in the last 24 hours, to give a total of 162,022 for the pandemic. They also reported a further 38 deaths to make a total of 1,069.

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