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Phuket wants Chinese tourists to jump – start its sandbox scheme which will let vaccinated international visitors enter the Andaman island without undergoing quarantine as of July 1. The targetting of Chinese visitors comes after data revealed that they contributed to 1/5 of the pre-Covid economy.

The move to allow tourists to enter without undergoing quarantine is important as officials say the sandbox model’s success could lead to more areas in Thailand such as Samui Island, Krabi, Pattaya and Chiang Mai in October. Vichit Prakobgosol, vice president of the Tourism Council of Thailand says before the pandemic, Phuket saw 90% of its economy composed of tourism. Besides China, the government is focused on tourists from Russia, the UK, France, Germany, US, and Sweden.

“It’s good that the majority of countries with high numbers of vaccinations are the main markets for Thai tourism. The focus for the government should now be to finalise agreements and vaccine passports with various countries to allow visitors to return without having to quarantine.”

Phuket is now aiming to administer around 12,000 vaccine doses per day, after its sandbox scheme was approved, pending the achievement of a herd immunity on the island. That type of immunity requires at least 70% of locals to be inoculated before tourists can come in July. Island officials say they are planning to roll out 930,000 doses by June, just in time for the reopening.

Thailand overall has lost about 1.45 million tourism jobs to the Covid pandemic, as tourism accounts for 11-12% of the country’s gross domestic product. Before the pandemic, there were about 4.5 million tourism jobs, with the tourism industry being comprised of around 38 million people.

The government in recent months has pledge to continue its co-payment scheme, to aid domestic tourists in helping the industry survive until international travellers can enter Thailand without undergoing quarantine. Recently, officials admitted that other nations will capture more tourists if they are offering quarantine – free arrivals, making it even more important for Thailand to follow suit.

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    keith

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Welcome the people who started the pandemic, great news

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    Keith

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Chinese will have been vaccinated with Chinese made vaccines that are not very effective. I will avoid getting anywhere near any Chinese

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    Andrew Whyte

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 11:50 am

    But will China allow people to return from Phuket without quarantining in China. As a New Zealand citizen currently based out of China and desperately hoping to attend a Muay Thai/M.M.A training camp in Phuket in July/August before returning to work to China in September for work this is a huge issue.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    ” “It’s good that the majority of countries with high numbers of vaccinations are the main markets for Thai tourism” ”

    Maybe someone forgot to tell him that as at 7 March barely 3.5% of China’s population had been vaccinated.

    Hardly “high numbers” 😢

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    Ray

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    The article doesn’t say whether the Chinese government allows their citizens to travel and return without quarantining. The CCP has no interest in letting their people visiting other countries and I wouldn’t be surprised they will be one of the last to do so.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    AFAIK the only non-mainland destination permitted without quarantine on return is Macao – not even Hong Kong.

    But who cares about reality… 😢

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    Jayce

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    I would rather let an unvaccinated Australian in quarantine free over a vaccinated US citizen. Not that it matters because Australians can’t get out of the country but a vaccinated US person could still be infectious whereas the chances of an Australian carrying the virus are slim to none regardless of their vaccine status…

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    Stephen Westrip

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    Article fails to mention that although Chinese tourism may contribute 1/5 of the economy, the actual spend per tourist for Chinese tourists is below Middle Eastern, European, American and Oceanic tourists. I hope they can get the numbers of Chinese tourists they expect/need to spend the money more freely!!

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      Thaiger

      Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 3:48 pm

      That’s not historically quite right. In fact, per day, the Chinese spent about the same as many of the European visitors in the past. BUT, they only stayed 2-3 days, instead of the 1-2 weeks of other nationalities. But we’ve done many articles comparing the per diem spend which showed the money spent by various tourists.

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    G

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    I have not looked it up but I don’t think there are any countries allow their citizens to freely go on holiday and return no quarantine. I can’t see that changing this year, vaccine or no vaccine, because most of the world has not been vaccinated in sufficient numbers and there are too many variants.

    Surely its better know reality and plan than keep giving the local population false hope.

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    EdwardV

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    I thought the entire idea was to get tourists who would stay a long time and spend a lot of money? Probably best to focus on tourists who travel well under adverse conditions. You know the opposite of the Chinese tourists.

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    Ben

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    Another tourism led wish. I’d pay attention to what the Health Ministry say if you want to know what’s going to actually happen.

    The tourism industry is interested in any scheme that’ll bring large numbers of spendy tourists to Thailand. Don’t hold your breathe hoping the Chinese come. Ray is right. China is playing this one very conservatively.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    “Chinese will have been vaccinated with Chinese made vaccines that are not very effective”

    They seem effective enough at protecting those vaccinated, but that hardly helps those who aren’t if they’re only 50% effective (OK, 51) at stopping mild infections, which suggests only 50% effective at stopping transmission.

    If that’s the case, although half won’t have Covid, half may as well not have been vaccinated as far as being contagious goes.

    On the other hand, if that’s the case then a quarter of those vaccinated with AZ may as well not have been vaccinated either.

    Oh dear …..

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    Roger Bruce

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Great to see all the Anti-Chinese comments

    I can add no more

    Good Luck Thailand

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    EdwardV

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    “a vaccinated US person could still be infectious whereas the chances of an Australian carrying the virus are slim to none regardless of their vaccine status” – You are confusing the purpose of the vaccine with the chances of being infectious. The reason you vaccinate is to stop people from becoming seriously ill or dying. The reason countries want tourists to be vaccinated is so if they become infected, they won’t overwhelm the local health system. Keeping in mind while there is little chance a visiting Aussie brought the virus with him, he can still easily catch while on vacation and need hospitalization. A vaccinated American has virtually no chance of needing hospitalization for Covid while on vacation. As to an American bringing the virus with them, yes there is a chance but I would argue it’s pretty small. The first reason is the PCR test, but the second reason is the vaccination itself. Most all American’s are getting vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna. Studies have shown those two vaccines offer over 90% immunity from catching Covid after two weeks from their second shot (80% after the first shot). While your statement is true, it’s much less than you think.

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Phuket begs Kolour attendees to come for Covid-19 testing

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FILE PHOTO: Kolour in the park was more pleasant in 2018 before Covid-19.

Health officials in Phuket put out a public statement this week compelling all foreigners who attended clubs and Kolour events to report for Covid-19 testing. As many might expect, the response has been lacklustre at best. Spreading the message around the foreigner and expat community in Phuket, the message is aimed at the multitudes of people, mostly foreign who attended Kolour and related events that turned into a Covid-19 superspreader event. Many foreigners have not come forward, much to health officials chagrin.

Online and on social media, foreigners and Thais shed light on why this urgent public health request is going largely unheeded. Foreigners fear the repercussions of coming forward, especially since Thailand is not allowing staying home or elsewhere in isolation if someone tests positive for Covid-19. Quarantine is mandatory, and with infection numbers exploding across the country, many fear the less-than-posh comforts of being quarantined in an emergency field hospital.

Cost is the other factor that likely is preventing foreigners from turning themselves in to be tested for Covid-19. While Phuket health officials may test people for free, anyone found infected with Covid-19 will be financially responsible for all the costs of their treatment and quarantine. Foreigners with limited financial resources, especially after a year of holing up in Thailand to ride out the Coronavirus, may resist reporting to authorities when they cannot afford the mandatory quarantine and medical treatment.

Perhaps recognizing this hesitation, the message includes a plea for all attendees to self-quarantine and self-monitor for any symptoms over the next week, even if they fail to report or test negative. The note also reminds everyone to wear masks in public at all times. The statement to the public also instructed anyone who attended any of the Covid-19 spreading nightlife events to report to the Acute Respiratory Infection Clinic area of Vachira General Hospital to receive a Covid-19 swab test.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Pattaya, Phuket and Hua Hin brace for increased restrictions

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Three of Thailand’s biggest expat areas are seeing sharp rises in new infections, partly from pre-Songkran traffic. The Songkran holidays, now officially over (but will see many people taking today off and making a weekend Songkran extension), and the government says they are expecting to see a rise in the cases numbers reported in the popular holiday locations.

Chon Buri Public Health office says they now have a total of 910 infections since April 1. They have 103 new cases in the past 24 hours. Most new cases are in Bang Lamung district which includes Pattaya City with 47, Siracha with 12) & Chon buri City with 8.

Pattaya, Phuket and Hua Hin brace for increased restrictions | News by Thaiger

Meanwhile Phuket has a total of 142 infections recorded on the island with the Governor still insisting there will be no need for a lockdown. Here’s a breakdown of the areas and the numbers of recorded infections so far (below).

Governor Narong announced that the Phuket Infectious Disease Control Committee won’t be implementing an official lockdown, but will “strictly raise the intensity of public health measures to counter the spread of Covid-19″.

“Everyone should wear a face mask, maintain social distancing, wash their hands frequently and install the Mor Chana app (available for free from App Store and Google Play Store).”

A meeting of the CCSA, chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is expected to upgrade restrictions in red zone areas around the country, which includes Phuket and Pattaya. Read more about the latest red and orange zones HERE.

Pattaya, Phuket and Hua Hin brace for increased restrictions | News by Thaiger

For Hua Hin expats, there’s been 100 new Covid-19 infections announced in Prachuap Khiri Khan in the past 24 hours, 75 cases from Hua Hin. This takes the total in the province since April 1 to 625. Hua Hin accounts for nearly 90% of the district’s total cases.

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Footbridges stop luxury yacht travelling from Phuket to Samui

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PHOTO: Thailand's version of the Suez Canal blockage.

Footbridges in Phuket stood in the way of a luxury yacht travelling from its home in Phuket to Koh Samui when the boat was too tall to pass. Police received a call around 8 pm last night from the truck driver after his trailer carrying the yacht had trouble getting under one of several bridges for walkers to pass over the highway. The boat was travelling down Thepkrasattri Road, where it was stopped by the bridge near Baan Tha Reua School. The boat also had trouble at the pedestrian bridge at the Provincial Electricity Authority Thalang Branch and the bridge at Baan Lipon School in Srisoonthorn.

All the bridges were supposed to have a 5-metre clearance, though one observer speculated that all the repaving of the road over the years may have raised the road and lowered the clearance. Traffic police responded to the first bridge incident by sending officers to direct traffic and make sure bikes and cars didn’t pass and impeded progress on freeing the boat. The second incident about 30 minutes later was resolved by letting air out of the truck’s tires to lower it just enough to pass under the bridge. The third snag prompted the driver to go in person to the Thalang Police station to request help yet again.

This time police were less amused and suggested the truck driver try to resolve the issue himself and call back to the police only if he was unable to free the luxury yacht. A traffic police officer went to follow up with the stranded boat at the end of his shift and found the driver had given up and decided to return the yacht to its Phuket origin at Boat Lagoon Marina in Koh Kaew. The boat, now damaged from the bridge bumps, wasn’t going to make it to Surat Thani to be sailed to Koh Samui on this journey. The boat radar had broken off on one of the bridges. No word on any major damage to the pedestrian bridges.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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