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Travellers of 28 nationalities have indicated that they would like to come to Phuket after mandatory quarantine is done away with for those that have received their Covid-19 vaccination. This according to the Phuket Tourist Association. The popular destination for foreigners will be the first location in Thailand to remove quarantine restrictions in the government’s long-term plan to reopen the whole of the country.

Tourists from China, Russia, United Kingdom, Germany, Singapore and 23 other countries hope to visit, but the ability to come still depends not just on Thailand welcoming them in, but also on the approval to travel from their home countries.

Phuket is expecting as many as 150,000 international travellers between July and September, predicted to generate 30 billion baht of spending into the local economy. The hope is these visitors will jumpstart tourism leading into Phuket’s traditional high season from October.

Details are still being confirmed, with submission and approval to the CCSA are needed before moving forward. The necessary documentation and procedures are still being worked out while keeping in consideration the safety of the local Thai people. Another looming factor is the required threshold of 70% local vaccination rate of the 460,000 residents of the Phuket area, a feat that requires at least 920,000 jabs injected by the July 1st quarantine waiver.

The Phuket Tourist Association is hopeful, they concede that they don’t expect general tourism to return quickly with restrictions, while lessening, still in place. The people coming first into Thailand will likely be overwhelmingly made up of people with families in Thailand and business travellers. Tourists are put off by any quarantine period.

While yesterday saw the return of international flights to Phuket with Thai Airways flight from Germany touching down and dropping off 16 travellers in Phuket before continuing to Bangkok with 114 more travellers, there’s still a long way to go before full tourism returns.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Steve Kelly

    Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    I believe you have a typo. PHUKET Travellers around the world keep to return to Phuket. I think I mean KEEN.

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      Neill Fronde

      Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 10:13 pm

      You’re right! I caught it and didn’t think of “keen” so I went with “eager”.

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    Ziggy

    Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    150K tourists between July

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    James R

    Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Well if it does work out then I would like to fly to Phuket in July, I will have had my second vaccine shot by May so lets see what the rules are by July.

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    toby andrews

    Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Oh dear, all the hotels will be full!
    If you believe in this fiction you still believe in Santa Clause.
    I would not believe a Thais if they told me a hand is on the end of an arm.

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    Trevor Drury

    Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    I will be back if it happens

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    EdwardV

    Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    I’m not eager on returning to Phuket, but I am for returning to Thailand. The US said on Friday we can travel and don’t need to quarantine upon return. Therefore I’m interested in the details of how long I will be stuck in Phuket. Seven or eight days I won’t like but can live with. Make it longer and I will probably wait till October.

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    Wolfgang

    Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    150,000 tourists create 30 billion baht of spending… This is 200,000 baht per tourist. Looks like all the high spenders come at these 3 months.

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    Galaxy

    Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Really too much for a sandbox.

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    Apolo Jr. Estrada

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Absolutely, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to wear mask, socially distancing or avoid large gatherings and washing your hands because 70% population will be vaccinated during those times. But still, will be a lot more cases coming up in the next few months & more outbreak coming up. I’m just saying always prepare for unexpected to happen because you will shock someday.

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    LonodnAl

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 3:02 am

    What happens if they don’t vaccinate 70%?

    Presumably the island stays shut and all of those booked flights and hotels will be cancelled or deferred, personally I wouldn’t take the risk of going there in July.

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    James R

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 3:05 am

    Toby

    “I would not believe a Thais if they told me a hand is on the end of an arm.”

    It might not be as it might have been chopped off and flushed down the toiled by a jealous girlfriend, you seem to hate Thailand but yet make daily comments about the country, did something similar happened to you in Thailand except on a ‘different’ part of you body?

    Did 7/11 stop you drinking 40Baht bottles of beer outside on the bench?

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    Derek

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Im lost on this one. Its illegal to leave UK at the moment. Some countries in Europe may adopt this also. On entering UK you have to quarantine at a cost of £1200 per week so where does Thailand produce these magic figures from

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    David Mann

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    There is a long way to go for Thailand and many other countries before we are free from Covid. As I have said before, the numbers in Thailand are typically illogical. Look at today’s figures for example. 2, here, 1 there, 130 one day then down to 86 the next. How can you have a single case being found in a town like Sa Kaeo? If there’s one infected person who has gone to hospital then that person has already infected at least 3 or more others. Covid is in Thailand and it is spreading and in far far higher numbers than reported. Even the deaths will be higher. As this is a disease mainly affecting the old, frail and obese (less of an issue in Thailand), then it is easy to see how death numbers are inaccurate. There will be hundreds of old people laying around on beds who have been sick for months or years who have now died and burnt at the local temple. No post-mortem and no suggestion of Covid being the final cause. It is wrong to be allowing Songkran to proceed this year and they should be stopping inter-provincial travel. The numbers are nonsense and if you are in Thailand, over 70 or obese or frail, you should take extra extra care. July opening of Phuket? Maybe. But I think the odds are no better than 50/50. I am looking to return in July but if I do then I’m anticipating 7 days full quarantine (I will have been vaccinated by then), Covid tests, COE etc etc in a Bangkok hotel. Stay safe everyone, this isn’t anywhere near over.

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    J West

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Re: Quarantine. The number of days (15) in isolation was never punitive or arbitrary. Asymptomatics still prove positive during and after the incubation period…and after full vaccination..which averages 11.5 day but 21 days is most common. 7 days is well short of proven virology standards. The number of faked Covid Certs has grown. The Singapore Airlines cancellation of all flights to Hong Kong because of fake docs is but one example. Thailand has enough problems with kids bar hopping and spreading Covid like a Typhoid Mary on steroids. Imagine the EU sex fiends contact trail who’ve been denied as long as they have. It’s not uncommon for international perverts with STDs who purposely come to Thailand on a revenge mission to infect girls so they then spread incurable herpes to many more. These guys offer to pay more for unprotected sex. Imagine the guys who’ll buy a faked Covid negative certs and the damage they can do..

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    toby andrews

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Will someone point out to this Thailand two week millionaire James R that there are no seats outside of the Seven/Elevens.
    This illustrates what he knows about Thailand, however there maybe seats outside of Seven/Elevens.
    anyone know of any?

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    Ben

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    “It’s not uncommon for international perverts with STDs who purposely come to Thailand on a revenge mission to infect girls so they then spread incurable herpes to many more.” –

    Stop talking shit, if you dislike prostitution that much then just stay away. But stop spreading stupid myths.

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    James R

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 1:59 am

    David Mann

    I agree what you are saying about the figures re the number of cases, I have been saying the same many times on this site.

    Thailand has not been locked down for six months or more, when any other country in the world opens up from strict lockdowns because of very low numbers of infections there is an exponential growth in numbers or sick and dead, once locked down again the number go down.

    This seems to be not happening in Thailand, bar, restaurants, shopping centres are open with no distancing, it is not logical re the numbers of reported cases.

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    James R

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 1:53 am

    Toby, change ”two weeks” to ”six months” and as an example there are seats outside the 7/11 on the Mae Phim beach road in Rayong.

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Tourism officials slash Songkran travel expectations by half

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The TAT, ever the optimists regarding anything tourism related, even domestic tourism, predict that the Bangkok clusters that have emerged in the week before the Songkran break could reduce traffic and spending by up to half.

Today the CCSA is reporting 789 new infections and one additional death. 522 were local infections, mostly walk-ins to Bangkok hospitals, 259 were discovered through track and tracing. The remaining 8 were found in quarantine from overseas arrivals. In Phuket, another 17 cases have been reported today, taking the island’s week total to 43.

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A 68 year old man from Nakhon Pathom province died on April 4 but wasn’t reported until today. The CCSA report that he died from Covid and “complications”. 33 other former patients have recovered and been discharged.

Last week the TAT estimated 3.2 million domestic trips would circulate 12 billion baht for the Thai economy. But the Tourism Authority has now slashed their estimates by half after hotels, airlines and bus companies reported mass cancellations in the last few days. Other provinces are reporting less than 20% cancellations. Although this weekend will see a lot of travel, Songkran doesn’t formally start until next Tuesday and the TAT expect there could be additional fallout as travellers decide to have a staycation for Songkran instead heading home.

Bangkok Post reports that 70% of travellers to Prachuap Khiri Khan and Hua Hin have already cancelled hotel bookings. Similar cancellations have been reported in Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai. Many other provinces, particularly in the north east and north, are also enforcing quarantine on arrivals or additional paperwork to try and protect their provinces from any of the Bangkok clusters.

8 north eastern provinces rare now requiring 10 or 14 day quarantine periods for anyone arriving from areas where new clusters have been reported. Chiang Mai provincial officials say that tourists from Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom, Bangkok, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi – basically Bangkok and surrounding provinces – must complete a 14 day mandatory quarantine or conduct a test for Covid when they arrive.

The reality is that the travel and quarantine changes are outstripping the ability to communicate them all. Anyone crossing into other provinces in the next few day, especially if you’re travelling from Bangkok and surrounding provincial ‘red zones’ can expect some additional paperwork or a Covid test. Or even quarantine.

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Phuket student protests and is flunked as “not loyal to the nation”

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FILE PHOTO: Student protests led to one student not graduating due to being “not loyal to the nation, institution of the monarchy”

After participating in protests for student’s rights, a Phuket student was barred from graduating 9th grade, moving from middle school to high school, charged with being “not loyal to the nation, institution of the monarchy”. The student had advocated against mandatory uniforms and for student’s liberties. He told reporters that the school started paying attention to his actions last year when he participated in rallies in solidarity with students across Thailand. The school’s student affairs office received a copy of posts he made on social media encouraging others to join the cause. The school ordered a stop to his political actions, but he and his friends disregarded warnings and violated school rules when they handed out white ribbons to classmates. They received a warning from the student affairs office.

Student protests have increased after pro-democracy demonstrations surged in July last year, empowering many Thai people to speak out against injustices, including students’ rights and liberties. People from schools across the nation have been banding together in solidarity to bring their issues to public light.

On graduation day, all the students were promoted into high school, except for the one student protestor, says the Bad Student protest group. The theme of the day focused on dedication to the monarchy, country and religion, and specifically how students should be obedient. The student said he has received support from friends, but his parents remain neutral and his teachers have been completely silent on the matter. He is frustrated that he was punished for his right to express himself. He plans on testing with incoming students to re-enrol in the same school, and if he is not accepted because of the disloyalty charge, he will pursue legal ramifications, suing the school for blocking his right to an education over the student’s protests.

The student believes he needs to speak out to prevent school administrators from imposing on more students’ rights. He advocates for diversity in schools and ending prejudices, with increased liberties and freedoms for students.

“Schools must teach children to be able to think by themselves, not force children to think like them. Schools should create opportunities for students to express their ideas more freely.”

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16 more Covid infections reported today in Phuket

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Phuket is reporting 16 more infections today. It follows visits from Bangkok and last weekend’s Kolour Beachside parties that have resulted in a number of new Covid infections. The number of new infections has reached 26. But deputy governor Vikrom Jakthee says the province has been successful in containing the new outbreak “due to its quick response measures which now include shuttering bars and nightlife venues.

One of the confirmed cases is a male teacher from Headstart International School in Kathu who, after attending the parties on the weekend, was back teaching students on Monday and Tuesday. The school has sent a letter to all parents advising them of the situation and organising testing for anyone who may have come in contact with the teacher.

The closure order in Phuket comes just as the island province was expecting to get an influx of visitors for Songkran, the Thai New Year. Many bar and club owners were expecting some increased traffic during the holiday week. Phuket officials say they will explain to bar and club owners why they decided to close the venues during the critical week for business.

Vikrom previously cited the start of the island’s Covid vaccine roll-out of Covid starting to head towards a herd immunity in time for the province’s proposed July reopening to international tourists. But he admitted that the sudden appearance of the coronavirus on the island again will force officials to reevaluate the schedule for reopening. He also said that almost all cases were in younger age groups of people in their 20s and 30s.

“Today, the number of infected people reported in Phuket has reached 26, many are from entertainment venues. This figure is relatively high. It jumped from 10 to 26 cases. We will invite operators of entertainment places in for discussions.”

Partygoers who went to any of the Kolour Beachside parties in Phuket last weekend are being asked to visit a local hospital for a Covid test. The parties hosted more than 3,000 people, drawing concern after a musician tested positive for Covid-19, having attended all 3 parties. The Phuket Provincial Government and Phuket Provincial Public Health Office released a statement yesterday advising all partygoers to get tested.

“Those who attended the Kolour parties from April 2 to 3 at Shelter Phuket Dance & Night Club in Patong, Cafe Del Mar Phuket in Kamala and Illuzion nightclub on Bangla Road in Patong are asked to get tested.”

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