Phuket Still Wants To Have No Quarantine For Expats After July 1 2021

Since the pandemic shut down international travel to Phuket in March 2020, the resort island is preparing to reopen its doors to foreigners who have been vaccinated without quarantine starting on July 1, 2021.
Sandbox, Phuket’s reopening project, will require the city to achieve herd immunity by vaccinating 70 percent of its population, including tourists and residents, before the first international traveler arrives.
Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, president of the Phuket Tourist Association, said recently that international tourists must be fully vaccinated before visiting Phuket. . This means they have to complete all the doses required for a given vaccine brand.
When applying for a visa, foreign visitors must provide their vaccination certificates. At least 14 days before they apply, they must have been immunized. Upon arrival in the kingdom, travelers must present their vaccine certification again.
The vaccine brand must be approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Thailand, as well as the authorities of the traveler’s country of origin.
It is required that travelers stay on the island for at least seven days before moving on to another part of the country. Those who do not plan to visit another Thai province can stay up to seven days before returning home.
Thousands of European travelers visited Phuket in the third and fourth quarters prior to the pandemic, and the reopening is intended to appeal to them.
“It’s hard to predict how many visitors Sandbox will bring,” said Bhummikitti.
Though discussions have been ongoing, the authorities have not yet finalized specific measures for the Sandbox project. The questions remaining include whether and how the traveler will be tested during their stay, as well as how children will travel.
The success of the model depends on how friendly these settings are to tourists, said Bhummikitti. No one will come if the rules and regulations are unfriendly.
Phuket’s tourism-based economy has been wrecked by the lack of international tourists for more than a year. During the pandemic, up to 100,000 workers lost their jobs, causing residents’ incomes to plummet.
COVID-19 restrictions will be eased on the island starting in June. Spas, scuba diving businesses, martial arts schools, and golf courses will all be allowed to reopen under the new guidelines. Employees and service providers of businesses such as massage parlors, tattoo shops, nurseries, and aesthetic clinics must be fully vaccinated or have received a dose of AstraZeneca.
According to previous plans, 70 percent of the island’s population will receive both shots or at least one shot AstraZeneca by June 15, 2021. However, Bhummikitti believes there may be some delays.
Recently, 3,609,882 doses of vaccines had been administered in Thailand. 1,110,953 people have received both doses.
Thailand will begin mass vaccination programs on June 7, 2021. Starting that day, foreigners will also be able to register for their inoculations at vaccination centers.
Phuket has been offering vaccinations to foreigners since May 19, 2021. As of May 20, 2021, 8,585 people had received both doses.

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