Published on : Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Thailand is preparing to start the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ campaign on Thursday to reopen the country’s largest resort island to all tourists who are vaccinated.
Yuthasak Supasorn, the governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said that hotels and other tourism-related venues throughout Phuket are prepared for the reopening campaign whereas up to 80 per cent of Phuket’s residents will complete their vaccination against Covid-19 by Wednesday.
Around 400 to 500 foreign tourists are expected to arrive in Phuket on Thursday and many more are expected to follow at later dates, said the TAT governor.
The ‘Phuket Sandbox’ program was approved on June 4 at a meeting of the Center for the Economic Situation Administration chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Under the program, foreign tourists will be able to enter and move freely on the island, if they are fully vaccinated against the virus and tested negative. They can travel to other parts of Thailand after staying in Phuket for 14 nights.
Thailand has also planned to welcome back vaccinated foreign visitors in nine other provinces, including the capital Bangkok and popular tourist destinations Pattaya and Chiang Mai, in the third or fourth quarter of the year.
This development comes as Thailand is struggling to restrain a months-long rise in infections.