The Thai cabinet have, in principle, agreed that the Phuket Sandbox can begin as planned on 1st July.
Main picture Phuket credit Arkady Lukashov on Unsplash
The Phuket Sandbox scheme will allow fully vaccinated international tourists from low or medium-risk countries to visit the island province without the need for quarantine on arrival.
Tourists will need to have a Certificate of Entry prior to arrival, undergo a number of Covid-19 tests and stay at a certified hotel or other accommodation.
The plan still relies on at least 70% of residents on Phuket being fully vaccinated by the end of June and continuing very low rates of infection. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed that 400,000, just over 60%, had already been vaccinated. The Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) will review the plan again prior to final endorsement by the cabinet prior to 1st July.
The Phuket Sandbox is instrumental in Thailands efforts to reignite the travel and tourism in the country which, prior to the pandemic, welcomed almost 40 million foreign visitors a year.
Plans are underway for a further 10 provinces to reopen in the fourth quarter of 2021 although Chiang Mai have announced plans for an earlier limited reopening from August. The country hopes to be able to reopen fully from the start of 2022.
A number of airlines have announced plans for direct flights to Phuket in preparation for the return of international tourists.
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