April 02, 2021.
From July 1, Quarantine requirements in Thailand will be waived for vaccinated arriving on the resort island of Phuket as the first key for tourism's restoration.
According to Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, an economic panel chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha approved the proposal by Phuket's private sector and business groups to inoculate at least 70 per cent of the island's residents to prepare for the reopening for vaccinated tourists.
Phuket will be the first for the goverment to test the reopening plan before expanding to other key tourist hot spots such as Koh Samui to help restore the tourism industry battered by a year without its tourists.
This means Phuket will reopen three months earlier with more than 930,000 doses expected to roll-out before the reopening according to what Mr Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, president of the island's tourist association said earlier.
With only 98 deaths and 28,577 cases of Covid-19 over the course of Pandamic, it is considered that Thailand has largely contained the pandemic which has spurred the government to shorten quarantine for visitors to 10 days from two weeks starting April 1, with a plan to reduce them further for those with proof of vaccination travelling to tourist provinces.
Source: Straitstimes, Bloomblerg
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