Tourists Still Heading To Phuket Despite Changes To Entry Rules

The Phuket Tourism Association (PTA) has announced that the popular Thai tourist destination is still getting 4,000 applicants a day through the Thailand Pass despite the suspension of the Test & GO entry scheme.

The Test & GO programme, which allowed quarantine-free travel to fully vaccinated travellers from more than 60 countries, was suspended to new applications just before Christmas as the threat of Omicron became apparant.

The PTA President, Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, suggested that the continued numbers implied that Covid-19 measures were working and inspiring confidence in travellers. He reported that there were 4,288 applications submitted yesterday.

However the end of Test & GO resulted in the Phuket Sandbox being the only realistic tourism entry method, since expanded to a further three areas. Many people who had many plans to visit other areas of the country may simply be changing their plans and heading to Phuket instead. In fact that is exactly what we are trying to do here at Flyingdog Travel as a trip in February became unachievable under the current conditions.

Phuket reported 468 domestic, 184 Phuket Sandbox and 74 Test & GO Covid-19 cases on Monday.

Source: Bangkok Post

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