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Phuket Airport welcomes first 7 day quarantine travellers

Neill Fronde

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PHOTO: Thai Airways 747-400... not an Airbus (thanks, we know)

In the early hours of Saturday, a flight arrived at Phuket International Airport welcoming the first travellers to benefit from the reduced mandatory quarantine launched on April 1. The reduction of the isolation period is part of the 4 stages of fully reopening Thailand to international tourism, planned to roll out over the next 8 months (and probably into early next year).

The flight was a Thai Airways plane on a direct route from Frankfurt, Germany and landed at 6:30am this morning. The new quarantine scheme allows for vaccinated travellers to be quarantined for only 1 week, while those who are not yet vaccinated still will have a 10 day quarantine period, reduced from the 14 day isolation time the rest of the nation faces.

Senior airport management was there to welcome this much anticipated international flight, as the passengers offloaded and were brought through clearing procedures before officially being allowed to enter Thailand, along with the ubiquitous photo opportunities. Phuket Airport General Manager Thanee Chuangchoo viewed this as a symbolic representation of tourism being reborn in Thailand.

“We hope this will signal the start of tourists starting to return to Phuket and we are delighted to announce the international terminal at Phuket International Airport is now open as of 00:01 am on April 1.”

Thai Airways has announced two direct flights from Frankfurt to Phuket in April and May, today’s arrival being the first. The second is scheduled for May 7 with the same itinerary. There have not been any announcements yet of return flights leaving Thailand.

The Thai Airways plane, an Airbus 350, can carry 289 economy seats and 32 business seats. There has not been an official announcement of how many people were on board this flight. The airline is hoping to ease back into international travel with flights scheduled between Bangkok and several locations in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, UK, France, Germany, and Denmark in the next few months.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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    Ernest Lauderback

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    I plan to meet my fiance in Phuket. We plan a 7 day trip there and then fly to Bangkok for 7 days. My question is can I fly out of Bangkok or do I have to return to Phuket to fly home.

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    Mr J

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    Not confirming the total of passengers on the incoming flight, and how many are willingly going in to isolation doesn’t make a convincing return to tourism. I suspect that most will be people with wives and family or business owners who are coming for more than 2-3 weeks.
    As the next few weeks go by, and the government start seeing who is exactly coming off of these planes, I see them changing tact yet again in regards to who, and how they let people and families in. As children as yet are to be vaccinated, does this mean that vaccinated parents will have to still quarantine with their unvaccinated children?…I for one have pre-booked tickets for this coming July for my family, but as with many other potential holidayers on a short term stays, will not even bother when such ridiculous measures are in place….Ask for a negative Covid test 24hrs prior to entry, then fine, crack on. Failing that, I shall be changing my flexible tickets to the following time next year….If there’s any tourism in Thailand left?…

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    EdwardV

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Two flights a month apart and unwilling to give a passenger count. Why I’m I not surprised? Oh that’s similar to all the other schemes, the STV and golf course quarantine plans. It’s one thing to bring in small group or two. You need a constant and large enough stream to reopen the tourist sector.

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    toby andrews

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    And what does the seven day quarantine cost?
    Is it the same per day as a 14 day quarantine?
    Is the seven day quarantine really seven days or do they tag on a day at the beginning, and a day at the end.
    Sorry to ask embarrassing questions, but my experience of Thais scams compel me to ask.

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    Bill

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    7 days prob means 8. Doesn’t matter tho, a few tourists isn’t gonna make up for the MILLIONS not coming under new ‘7 day plan’

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    J West

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Earnest, Bangkok isn’t part of the scheme.

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    Don jones

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Lots of the usual suspects have arrives in bkk after up to 16 day QT
    The usual desperate men

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    Don jones

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    7 days QT is actually 9 days as the QT period has to be a full 24 hour

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    Don jones

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    7 days QT is actually 9 day.First and last don’t count.lol

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    Tourist

    Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 1:51 am

    I have seen that the prices for a 10 day quarantine is the old price of the 15 day quarantine and the old 15 day quarantine has incresed in price. Also i have read today that many hotels will only let you book a 10 day quarantine even if you are vaccinated for travel in July and will refund the difference, however they will not say what the refund will be? Is this 10thb no-one knows…. would be good investigative news for Thai tiger to look into. United Kindom traveller hoping to arrive in Thailand fully vaccinated, 14 days thereafter etc….

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    EdwardV

    Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Interesting according to the BP: “ The flight carried 130 German tourists. Among them, 16 German travellers flied from there to Phuket. It is unknown if the others were transit passengers.” So it seems like the plane actually landed at BKK first and then flew on to Phuket? Only16 of them ended up in Phuket? Confusing and expected.

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    TV

    Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    What a bunch of negative people here; get a life…

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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