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5 other Thai provinces will be adopting Phuket’s sandbox model between the months of October and December, with a full reopening of Thailand, set to take place in January 2022. The Tourism Authority of Thailand governor says the plan to reopen the tourism provinces will need local residents’ support and a detailed map of where tourists would be allowed to visit.

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha chaired a meeting with the Centre for Economic Situation Administration yesterday, where they approved a 3 stage roadmap to reopen Phuket, Phangnga, Surat Thani, Krabi, Chon Buri, and Chiang Mai to vaccinated visitors.

From April to June, those approved provinces will allow inoculated tourists to undergo a 7 day quarantine, instead of a 14 day one. Eventually, those provinces will follow Phuket in allowing tourists to skip the quarantine requirement if they have been vaccinated. Phuket is the first province in Thailand to get a tourism sandbox model approved.

But the travel activities of tourists will be restricted to “sealed routes” in Phuket for 7 days before they are allowed to travel to other locations. The tourists will still be required to use contact-tracing apps.

The government is expediting the 2 dose vaccination process to inoculate 70% of the local residents in an effort to achieve a herd immunity before July 1, as officials say the plan cannot be successful without first achieving a herd immunity.

About 100,000 tourists are expected to arrive in Phuket between April and June with more coming in July and onward. In total, about 6.5 million foreign visitors are expected to arrive this year after the country reopens, with an early reopening aiming to help the economy quickly recover.

Under the sandbox scheme, tourists who want to join the quarantine-free programme are required to show a vaccine certificate, vaccine passport or International Air Transport Association travel pass. Thais who are arriving from abroad need only to show either a fit-to-fly certificate, or a RT-PCR test.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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    Wesley

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    Latest on needing health insurance even with vaccine paper approval.

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    Issan John

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    “^Under the sandbox scheme, tourists who want to join the quarantine-free programme are required to show a vaccine certificate, vaccine passport or International Air Transport Association travel pass. Thais who are arriving from abroad need only to show either a fit-to-fly certificate, or a RT-PCR test.”

    Really?

    “Thais who are arriving from abroad need only to show either a fit-to-fly certificate, or a RT-PCR test” to “join the quarantine-free programme” ?

    You’re sure of that?

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    zig

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    First..if you can come to Phuket will you be allowed to leave the island and travelto other parts of the country without Q?….also they are talking you have to download a tracking app….No way I’m wearing a leash

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    EdwardV

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    You have to stay in Phuket for 7 days before you can leave to other parts of Thailand. No doubt you will have to past another test before traveling. I’m not a big fan of Phuket but I can do 7 days if it means I can spend the rest of my vacation elsewhere. As for Thailand getting 100K tourists between April and June with a 7 day quarantine, someone is dreaming. Not going to happen. People will just wait for July.

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    Patrick

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    I know Thailand, and particularly Phuket, are primarily dependent on bringing in foreign tourists but I wonder if opening things up is going to hurt the domestic tourist market. I live in Thailand and have taken advantage of lots of the hotel and flight specials over the past year because I knew that it was really safe to travel. I won’t be taking those trips this year since the risks of getting the virus will probably increase.

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    ludwig

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 5:54 am

    Someone might want to explain to the public health officials that the “vaccine” does not make one non infectious. It reduces the immune response (cytokine storm) but neither prevents infection nor limits re-transmission.

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    Ronny

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 6:12 am

    And….. next week it will all change….and probably the week after as well.
    No certainty at all for future travel to Thailand.
    Or what the restictions and travel conditions will be.
    No certainty = few tourists.

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    Mister Stretch

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 8:52 am

    They are soft-pedaling this “contact app”. Notice that it isn’t one of those “requirements” they always tout, because even they aren’t dense enough to know that most Western tourists would balk at having to be “tracked” at all times.

    They figure, once they are landed and in immigration. “Please download this app, sir, and keep your phone on, at all times.”

    What’s the tourist going to do, step back on the plane and head home?

    This is coercion.

    They also haven’t made any changes to the need to buy insurance from a Thai provider to the tune of US$100,000 coverage.

    If tourists are vaccinated and negative, will this money-making scheme still be in force?

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    Ben

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 11:02 am

    This article appears to be misleading by suggesting if you get into Phuket and stay 7 days then you can go anywhere in Thailand. I wouldn’t hold my breath. Not with people going directly to Bangkok still having to endure ASQ for 7 or 10 days if they’re from countries without any risky variants and longer stays if they are.

    Thailand has been successful in their COVID management because they’ve listed to the scientists and medical people. If they ignored them and listened to the financial/business people then they’d have a situation like in the USA. I give them credit for sticking to their guns and not caving to the tourist lobby.

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