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TAT asked to make changes to Phuket sandbox before submitting for final approval

Maya Taylor

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand has been asked to make further changes to the Phuket “sandbox” scheme before submitting it to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Apisamai Srirangson from the CCSA says the government’s Covid-19 task force wants clarification on the safety measures aimed at controlling Covid-19 when the plan is implemented from July 1.

“The sub-committee is concerned about public understanding of the tourism program’s Covid-19 safety measures, which may still worry many people as to what action will be taken in the event of new infections. So, the province has agreed to improve public understanding about its Covid-19 safety measures that will be implemented when the Phuket Tourism Sandbox program begins.”

According to the Bangkok Post, Apisamai says the sandbox model will also apply to other popular tourist islands later on, including places like Koh Samui, Phi Phi, and some of the popular Phang Nga islands. The scheme will also launch in tourist provinces such as Krabi, Chon Buri, Bangkok, and Chiang Mai, among others.

From July 1, vaccinated foreign tourists can enter Phuket without quarantine. However, they must stay on the island for a minimum of 14 days, in a government-approved hotel. An exception will be made for those coming for a shorter period, but they must depart Phuket on an international flight at the end of their stay. Tourists will also be required to show a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of flying to Phuket and will then be subject to further Covid-19 tests during their 14 day stay.

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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