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Phuket International Airport getting ready for reopening



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Phuket International Airport is readying for the island’s reopening by beginning the vaccination process of all employees. The mandatory inoculations is hoped to increase confidence among foreign visitors, as many who have received a Covid vaccine, can now enter the island with relaxed quarantine measures.

Just yesterday, officials confirmed that 2 flights from Germany will kick off the airport’s reopening, with arrivals this month and next month. Thai Airways International has also announced that it will open 2 direct flights from Frankfurt to Phuket, with arrivals to the island on April 3 and May 8. Phuket Airport General Manager Thanee Chuangchoo says the international terminal at Phuket airport is officially open as of yesterday.

“The CCSA has now approved relaxed quarantine conditions for tourists who have been vaccinated and test negative for Covid-19 to visit Thailand from April 1. 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 00:01am on April 1.”

Phuket was given the green light to reopen for international visitors from July 1, with those who are vaccinated, being approved to skip the once-mandatory quarantine (if the island can vaccinate 70% of the population by that time). However, those foreigners arriving from countries that have seen Covid-19 virus variants, or are highly-infected, may not be able to enjoy a reduced quarantine or even skip the quarantine, even if vaccinated.

The government plans to test the reopening plan in Phuket 3 months before other key tourist hot spots, like Koh Samui, to help restart the tourism industry, that was battered for over a year, without its millions of tourists who contributed to 1/5 of the economy before the pandemic. Koh Samui, following Phuket, is also asking for approval to allow foreign travellers to skip quarantine requirements. Thailand is expected to fully reopen to vaccinated travellers in October.

SOURCE: The Phuket News


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  1. Jason

    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    If the Thai Government were proactive, they would have already spoken to the most likely countries to visit and worked out direct flights to Phuket without stop overs.

  2. Wayno

    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    “being approved to skip the once-mandatory quarantine (if the island can vaccinate 70% of the population by that time)”

    Will it be an official vaccination percentage, or will that be a “whatever number is needed” Thai percentage

  3. Wayno

    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Good luck to anyone who pays in advance for Thai Airways services

  4. Jack Sombra

    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Is this 2nd or 3rd time they “reopened”?

  5. toby andrews

    Friday, April 2, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    They will not be 70 percent vaccinated in Phuket for a long, which gives the Thais justification to keep the lucrative quarantine.
    Big announcement, but no change.
    You see . . .

  6. LondonAl

    Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 3:16 am

    There are no cases on Phuket so the locals are fine anyway and will be vaccinated, but presumably a large amount of people who were working in Phuket but went home are now going to come back, will they be tested and vaccinated as they arrive, and as the vaccine takes a few weeks to be fully effective will they be asked to quarantine?

    The other question is if I book flights and hotel to Phuket and they don’t manage to vaccinate 70% then that’s my holiday gone, not worth the risk.

  7. Mr cynic

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Imagine the phuket airport taxi mafia will be hungry by now.
    Be interesting to see what the new taxi fares to patong are.prehaps they will reduce the fares for a ride in their wrecks to something reasonable and behave in a courteous manner towards visitors. they are after all the first point of contact for many visitors and are very important in the impression they will have of the fine folk of phuket.

    • Thaiger

      Monday, April 5, 2021 at 6:16 pm

      For now they’re exactly the same. Exorbitant!

  8. Kim

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    There is no testing on Phuket thus how do you know there are no infected individuals?

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