From July 1st, Phuket is set to reopen for international tourists

Published on : Wednesday, June 2, 2021

As Thailand is still fighting its third wave of corona since the start of the pandemic, officials point out that the popular resort island of Phuket is slowly making progress to reopen to international tourists in July 2021.


Recently, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has confirmed that from July 1st, vaccinated travelers from all the low-risk countries will be allowed to enter directly to the island without quarantine as part of its pilot “Phuket Sandbox” program.


TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn informed the CNN that he is hopeful that roughly 129,000 visitors between July and September this year will arrive in Phuket.


On the island, incoming international tourists will be permitted to travel freely and must stay for at least seven days before they can travel elsewhere in Thailand. However, Yuthasak observes that this is subject to the overall Covid-19 situation in Thailand and could alter as well.


“For the initial stage, only fully vaccinated tourists are allowed in, with the exception of children under six,” he said when questioned about account that young travelers who haven’t received the Covid-19 vaccine could reach the destination with their parents.


Additional information, like which countries meet the criteria as “low-risk,” is yet to be verified. However, the TAT says it will keep its website updated on a regular basis with information as it becomes available.


The reopening plan is dependent on vaccination effort of 70% of the residents of the island. A huge vaccination drive is at the present in progress and, as per the recent reports of the media; officials have already vaccinated 50% of the provincial population.

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