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Phuket’s tourism representatives are calling for an end to the mandatory quarantine levied at tourists arriving to the province from Bangkok. The tourism delegation have also told Phuket’s provincial government to be prepared to start receiving international tourists starting in October.

According to The Phuket News, such a plan would include a requirement for all international travellers to Thailand to have the Covid-19 vaccine. By that time, it is expected that Phuket will have 70% of its population vaccinated, with the timeline possibly being sped up by the province planning to buy the vaccines with its own funds. Such a move would bypass the national government’s timeline with the hopes of innoculating registered residents quicker. Governor Narong says such quarantine measures in place currently are preventing the province from profitting off domestic tourism.

“Phuket has been hit hard by the 2nd epidemic. Thai tourists do not come because they do not want to quarantine and follow the difficult steps to enter the province, not to mention there are no foreign tourists at this time.”

In a meeting, the PTA President Bhummikitti, said the Covid-19 vaccine was “the last ticket and the last hope” for Phuket tourism, “because Phuket tourism has no way out at this time.”

“Thai people are unable to travel due to the second outbreak, and foreign tourists are not to be mentioned at all. Vaccines are the hope of the Phuket tourism sector.”

“The private sector wants to get clarity from the government whether we can follow this plan or not, because if it is left like this – open, close, lockdown and so on, as in the past – local businesses are all dead.”

Bhummikitti pointed out that the government had promised to work with local industry on all matters related to Covid-19 and keeping the local economy alive. He said that the move would “allow tourism and the Phuket economy to be able to walk once more from having fewer Thai tourists.”

Governor Narong said tracking systems will be in place when tourists do come back to the province.

“In order to ensure tourists that Phuket citizens as well as incoming tourists are safe from the Covid-19 virus, there will be a tracking system, and a fund established to be used as a remedy [sic] to help those affected if there is an infection from incoming tourists.”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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  1. Avatar

    Jesus Monroe

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    Phuket is now Fhuket……

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    Slugger

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    OOhh, haha, I saw what you did there.

    Hilarious.

    Your mother will be so proud………

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    Jason

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    Phuket is realising what it is like for international tourists to come to Thailand! I can only hope that the thai government might do the same! No one is coming….. But maybe consider what other countries are deciding. Negative PCR test 72 hours prior to departure and two doses of a vaccine with two weeks elapsed since the last dose.

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    Mister Stretch

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    “Phuket’s tourism representatives are calling for an end to the mandatory quarantine”…for residents of Bangkok, members of Pol Phot’s regime, the Royal Family (of any country), the University of Texas Marching Longhorn Band, the students of Hogwarts, the Proud Boys from the USA, the KKK, the 3rd Reich, the Pedophile Support Group of Essex, Donald Trump’s hairdressing team, the Red Shirts, the Yellow Shirts, the university student protestors, the royalists…any goddamn body with money to spend is welcome on Phuket. They don’t care if you bring the ‘rona, herpes, TB, genital warts, and chlamydia…just bring money.

    It’s almost embarrassing.

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    Issan John

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    I was surprised when I read this until I read the source article and realised I’d completely mis-read this and they were ONLY calling for an end to the provincial government’s self-imposed quarantine for domestic tourists coming from a few districts in Bangkok.

    Nothing to do with international tourists arriving via Bangkok, as I’d first thought!

    Also nothing to do with ending the quarantine for domestic tourists from “high risk provinces” as PTA President Mr Bhummikitti said “… we would like Phuket Province to consider canceling the 14-day quarantine for people traveling from Bangkok, but keep [the quarantine] for eight provinces that are high-risk areas, so that people in Bangkok and other Thai people can start traveling to Phuket again during this Chinese New Year [Feb 12],”.

    Phew 🙂

    That makes a great deal of sense.

    Having said that, I think his hope that 70% of Phuket’s population will be vaccinated by 1 October, with that as a condition for allowing international tourists in without quarantine (“Tourists entering Phuket must be people who have been vaccinated with the COVID vaccine, and Phuket people must be vaccinated, at least 70% of the population … This is to ensure the confidence of both Phuket residents and the tourists who visit, that they [the tourists] will not be infected by people in Phuket and the Phuket people will be confident that incoming tourists will not bring the disease to spread again,”)is pretty optimistic.

    Even with the 100,000 or so registered Phuket residents they plan on paying for, that still leaves at least half a million Thais and foreign migrant wotkers who aren’t registered Phuket residents and another 100 – 150,000 expats.

    I can’t see any way that at least 70% of the Thai population will be vaccinated, both doses, by 1 October.

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    EdwardV

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    I thought Thailand was going to rely on the single dose vaccine? Regardless I’m inclined to agree 70% of the population would be tough to pull off by October 1st. Still it’s a plan and an opening date can be adjusted down the line.

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    Ben

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    There are over 300 COVID-19 vaccine candidates around the world according to YouTuber Dr. Moran who is a wealth of information about the disease including death rates and vaccine info (Pfizer, Moderna and 2nd Shot Timing). According to Dr. Moran the first shot appears to give you 85% – 90% efficacy after a few weeks. The second shot takes you to 95% a few weeks after that shot. He seems credible.

    J&J and I’m sure many others are one shot vaccines. Obviously this would simplify distribution in Thailand and I’m sure the authorities know this. The US government decided to buy doses of the frontrunner vaccines early in the process in hopes they would be approved by the FDA for use. It seems to have worked out and has saved a lot of time. The Thai government might be well served to do this with single dose vaccines like the one being developed by J&J. It’s a gamble but I think a good one. Probably a better investment at this time than another Chinese submarine. Otherwise by the time the effective ones prove out those that want it and haven’t committed will be at the back of the line.

    As of yesterday over 60 million world-wide have received a COVID-19 vaccine and it’s starting to accelerate in pace. So far I’ve heard of 29 people over 75 dying in Norway, a nurse fainting in Tennessee (that some reported had died but had not) and a doctor in Florida dying of a stroke after receiving the vaccine. None of these deaths could be tied directly to the vaccine and the nurse that fainted reportedly always faints when she receives vaccines. As more people get the vaccine the confidence level in the USA has risen and now a lot more people plan on getting the shot(s) and probably the minimum 70% minimum required for herd immunity. Those that decide not to get the shot(s) will be more vulnerable but at least there will be some hospital space available for they become very ill.

    Another reason for the sense of urgency is the various mutations that are taking place that appear to make the virus more infectious. The experts are saying the vaccines will still work and the worse case would be a lower efficacy that at this point can’t be determined which still makes the vaccine worth getting into people’s arms.

    Thailand’s hope at this point is evidence that those vaccinated are non-infectious which would be a godsend to them and all of us.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:17 am

      No idea about “YouTuber Dr Moran”, but that’s NOT what the manufacturers say (52%) or those who’ve done mass vaccinations and mass trials (Israel, 33%).

      On balance, I think I’ll believe the manufacturers and Israel.

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        Ben

        Monday, January 25, 2021 at 3:21 am

        IJ, Whether it’s 85% or 52% or 33% effective after the first shot is insignificant to the point I’m trying to make which is the Thai governments needs to get moving yesterday on acquiring vaccine if they want the best chance of protecting their population and opening up to tourists.

        And also planning the distribution once they get the vaccine inventory. The USA dropped the ball on this part and is now playing catch up quickly.

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    disgusted `

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Are these people out of their blood minds or just incredibly stupid.
    Complete insanity if this happens. It goes against all of the rules set out by the government to keep people safe. Just goes to show that the highest priority is the greed of Thai people and public safety is just so unimportant when it comes to money.
    Instead of building a completely useless extension to the airport why not get vaccines for everyone including foreign people and stop wasting money on a useless project. Then maybe we will be able to open up and stop the quarantine but not before.

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      David Mann

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 7:40 am

      And what do you suggest Thailand does in early 2022 when Covid reappeares just as seasonal flu does? Not every tourist visiting Thailand gets a seasonal flu jab, and it will be a big ask to expect them to get an annual Covid jab. If they do, then it will be a long time before Thailand gets 40 million tourists again.
      Once again, I think people are possibly confusing the Covid vaccines as being a cure for a disease. Covid-19 will mutate and mutate, and the vaccines being injected today will be almost worthless in 2 years time.
      The vaccines will bring down the large numbers of infections, but infections will happen each and every year. As better drugs to treat the disease are developed, the world will need to live with Covid as we do now with pneumonia, flu and colds.

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        chupapi

        Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 1:45 pm

        Seasonal flu jabs are not mandatory. Mandatory Covid jabs will work as similarly as mandatory yellow fever jabs – with the difference that the latter is just once for life. If you don’t get the jab, you don’t enter the country. Simple.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 12:38 pm

      I strongly suggest you read what the PTA President actually said in more detail elsewhere, such as in the source article, @disgusted, rather than the edited highlights reported here.

      If you do you’ll see that he absolutely puts “public safety” first.

      He not only wants to “keep [the quarantine] for eight provinces that are high-risk areas” until the risk is reduced as it has been in Bangkok but he’s insistent that “… Phuket people must be vaccinated, at least 70% of the population …” before any vaccinated international tourists are allowed in.

      That isn’t what he “expects”, but what he puts as a minimum condition.

      Of everyone commenting here I’m one of the most sceptical about opening the borders to international tourists, but what the PTA President Bhumikitti says, if you read more of it, is realistic, balanced, and makes very good sense.

      I realise it suits the agendas of many here to bang on about “the greed of Thai people” but read what even the Thais in the tourist industry actually say and compare it to what the farangs in the same sector say, repeatedly, and it’s sadly very clear whose priority is “greed” and for whom “public safety is just so unimportant when it comes to money”.

      I’m ashamed to say that the Thais aren’t even in the same league as the farangs when it comes to “greed” and risking “public safety”.

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    Udon Man

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 3:08 am

    Everyone is so pessimistic here……

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    Issan John

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    I doubt it’ll be that much of a “big ask” to “expect [foreign tourists] to get an annual Covid jab”.

    That’s what the vast majority of countries will “ask”, so if people want to go abroad, anywhere, they’ll need to have an annual jab.

    No annual jab? No problem, holiday at home.

    As for “Covid-19 will mutate and mutate, and the vaccines being injected today will be almost worthless in 2 years time” – very true.

    That’s exactly why people get an ANNUAL flu jab, modified each year to meet the changes, just as people will get an ANNUAL Covid jab, modified each year, etc., exactly “as we do now with flu, etc”.

    What was your point again?

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      Alavan

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 5:24 pm

      Are you aware that the flu is not a corona virus, but completely different?
      You can not compare the two.
      As for annual jabs, it is not certain if it will be necessesary vor COVID. New vaccines being developed now may work longer, f.e. the Johnson virus. Also research in a vaccine that should lifelong be good, like the yellow fever vaccine. Probably only next year on the market.

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        Issan John

        Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 7:49 pm

        I’m not comparing the two, Alavan, I simply mentioned it as David Mann had said “it will be a big ask to expect them to get an annual Covid jab”. I disagreed as I don’t think it’ll be that “big an ask” as the flu vaccine is annual, modified every year, and plenty of people are happy to take it every year. Sorry, I don’t know what part of that I diodn’t make clear.

        If you’re saying that “probably” there’ll be a Covid-19 vaccine on the market that will last “lifelong” and give protection from all future mutations I’d be very interested to know what your source for that is.

        … very interested …

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        Karena

        Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 4:01 pm

        Both colds and the flu are classed as corona viruses. Covid 19 is also a corona virus but a different type and scientists are still learning more about it!

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      David Mann

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 5:29 pm

      My “point again” is that Thailand will have to get use to living with Covid and not being so paranoid and over reacting.

      Each year thousands die in Thailand due to flu (not to mention 20,000+ on the roads). While it’s not mandatory for people to have flu jabs, and it may well be required to have a Covid jab to travel to Thailand, that still won’t stop Covid infections. Do you think the thousands of migrant workers legally and illegally crossing borders from Myanmar or Cambodia will have jabs! So when these numbers are brought under control, will Thailand introduce 14 days quarantine the next time two people are tested positive with Covid in a bar in Phuket?

      The world is right to try to control this virus and vaccines are our way out. However Thailand desperately needs the tourism industry to recover. They are doing little or nothing to help with that and continuing the paranoia that has clearly affected you as well, won’t help.

      So do let me know if you still haven’t got my point and I will try again using more simple English.

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        Issan John

        Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 8:03 pm

        I realised that was your point before David, but it’s simply completely wrong.

        “Thousands” DON’T “die in Thailand each year due to flu”. According to the Department for Disease Control, 27 (twenty seven) died of flu in 2019 and 31 (thrty one) in 2018, while last year only 3 (three) died of flu due to the extra precautions for Covid-19.

        That isn’t three thousand, or twenty seven thousand, that’s three or twenty seven.

        … and “yes” I DO “think the thousands of migrant workers legally and illegally crossing borders from Myanmar or Cambodia will have jabs”, at least the legal ones, since that’s now a requirement for them to work here legally – no jab, no work.

        Do let me know what part of that isn’t clear.

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          Karena

          Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 4:11 pm

          Influenza and Pneumonia in Thailand – World Life Expectancy
          http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/thailand-influenza...

          70. According to the latest WHO data published in 2018 Influenza and Pneumonia Deaths in Thailand reached 44,549 or 9.11% of total deaths. The age adjusted Death Rate is 47.82 per 100,000 of population ranks Thailand #70.
          Check it out !!

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            David Mann

            Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 1:00 am

            Exactly Karena. I think the SomTam is starting to affect him. Perhaps IJ doesn’t know how to do the arithmetic when it comes to quoting 44/100,000.
            27 deaths or 3 😂😂😂. Scary how silly some people can be

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    Karena

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 12:19 am

    God, you come across as SO arrogant, and seem to want to control the whole thread and are always right !? Try to change your tone a bit, you’ll be doing everyone a favour !

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    John Passingham

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 2:53 am

    Phuket , Samui , etc have ASQ/ALQ Hotels that could admit tourists for the quarantine 15days in preference to Bangkok / Chonburi Area ASQ/ALQ Hotels. They could fly, covid safe with Bangkok Airways and other airlines to these hotels. All that would be needed is a covid safe transfer at Bangkok Airport from an International Airline to a Local Airline. On arrival at the island they could then transfer covid-safely to the Quarantine Hotel. The whole operation would be safe and the result would be that many tourists would happily quarantine for 15 days in the Island Hotel. It would certainly help the tourist ecomomies of the Islands which currently are struggling to survive.

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