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Phuket Airport is officially ready for tourists as authorities say they have finished installing Covid screening labs in an effort to welcome international travellers. The 5T Model for Covid-19 is being used at the airport with the goal of screening large groups of people in a quick and efficient manner. The Phuket health chief says the 5T’s stand for Target, Testing, Treating, Trusting and Tracing.

Phuket has one large airport at the north end of the island but is separated into two separate terminals – a domestic terminal (the original airport terminal), and a new international terminal opened in 2016.

The target category refers to the target groups of tourists while the tracing stands for software that will be used to monitor their movements. The testing category refers to Covid tests that will be implemented to travellers upon arrival along with the treatment and trust categories signifying the readiness of resources for medical treatment and confident communications between all parties respectively.

The Covid-19 lab container module has been set up at Phuket airport’s Terminal X (the terminal opened for charter flights opened in 2014) and will be tested tomorrow with its operation to start on September 30. As large groups of tourists could arrive (later in the year, the lab is reportedly capable of testing 96 people at a time with test results becoming available in 6 hours. What the airport would do withe tested passengers whilst waiting for 6 hours, has not been detailed at this stage.

Such a readiness plan to welcome foreign tourists originally singled out Phuket due to its popularity with travellers, and as a so-called guinea pig model to test in a controlled environment (Phuket is an island joined to the Thai mainland by a single 300 metre road bridge). Once dubbed the Phuket Model, authorities have proposed to rename the plan to “Special Tourist Visa” due to the confusion and opposition it reportedly caused. The scheme is reportedly now being proposed for all areas of Thailand but only allowing foreigners from specific countries.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 11:49 am

    They still don’t get it.
    No tourists will arrive to spend 14 days in Quarantine in overpriced hotels, and have to buy overprice Thai insurance.
    Plus fly in on overpriced Thai approved airlines.
    They announced a party and nobody will come.

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      Maag

      Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 11:58 am

      No Toby . It will be a big rush of 1000’and 1000′ tourists back !…..lol

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        Richard

        Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 1:14 pm

        Ok so sit around for 6 hrs then 14 days Quarantine, Is the biggest stubling block to tourist travel where other countries if you had the covid test 72hrs before travel that is enough to by pass the 14 days Quarantine which sounds more sensible but in Thailand it is mulitiple tests now with the STV up to them. But I can see many tourists going elsewhere with easier conditions and getting rid of this road block.

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          rinky stingpiece

          Monday, September 28, 2020 at 11:37 am

          Well… it can be… 3 weeks and 150,000THB for a lot of people.
          My memories of 15 to 20 years ago in the provincial towns, simple dinners for 30THB, and twice as much THB for your money, are a long way away from prices for food and accommodation I see in Phuket in 2020.
          If you want prices you may have enjoyed years ago, you end up in supermarkets, and cooking your own streetfood.

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    Perceville Smithers

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 11:56 am

    Too much back-n-forth caused me to lose interest! I’ll wait until 1 yr from now.

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    Gary

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 11:59 am

    This seems to contradict the Special Tourist visa plan, which is it?

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    RG

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    A complete waste of time and resources. The terminal will be as empty as the Trump inauguration.

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    Geoff

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Nit picking I know, but single road bridge?

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    Geoff

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    Some countries are now working on a 30 minute test.

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    Jason

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    I feel for the staff at Phuket Airport. All the hype and build up for nothing. I do hope the expats and Thai Nationals get home again to their families, properties and businesses. That would be a major relief to them. Foreign tourists (unless they are medical tourists or Thais or expats) won’t undergo the 14 day quarantine or come there or anywhere else in Thailand. I’m an Australian and we can’t leave Australia anyway. Our borders are closed in and out of the country. The leaders of all nations need to set up a rule for all countries that enables international travel again. One test, universally recognised that negates the need for quarantine at the port of arrival.

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      Perceville Smithers

      Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 11:06 pm

      What happened to 4T’s? No one told me about the new T addition!

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    David Barker

    Monday, September 28, 2020 at 12:44 am

    Been going to Thailand for 30 years and love it but even in troubled times like this all the Thai authorities are concerned about is money and let’s make it as difficult as possible for foreigners.
    Very sad.
    When you think how many people supported Thailand in its past problems it’s certainly a wake up call for all foreigners

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