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Phuket to open to vaccinated foreigners

Thai authorities have said they will grant entry to foreigners inoculated against COVID-19 to travel to Phuket without having to undergo quarantine.


Late last week Thailand’s coronavirus task force gave the okay to Phuket’s opening after the island inoculates 70% of its residents, Reuters reported. 


Thailand’s strict entry requirements (previously demanding mandatory quarantine) helped stem the spread of the virus. 


From next month, the hotel quarantine period will be halved to seven days for fully vaccinated visitors to Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, Phang Nga and Krabi, Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Yuthasak Supasorn told media.


By the fourth quarter, the quarantine waiver is expected to be implemented in five holiday destinations, he said.


The country’s central bank expects to see the million foreign tourists this year, compared to nearly 40 million in 2019 before the virus struck.


“If we can inoculate 50% to 60% of the population we can open the country safely and move the economy and tourism forward,” senior health official Kiattiphum Wongraijit said.


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Published: 29 March 2021

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