Phuket sets July 1 for entry of foreign visitors without quarantine

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Deputy Governor Pichet Panapong said the infectious diseases committee approved the proposal on Wednesday as the province has been without any new Covid-19 cases for 89 days, and there is in urgent need for foreign tourists to stimulate the economy and tourism sector.

Foreign visitors will be allowed entry to Phuket without quarantine from July 1, with nearly a million doses of Covid-19 vaccine ready for local residents before then.

Deputy Governor Pichet Panapong said the infectious diseases committee approved the proposal on Wednesday as the province has been without any new Covid-19 cases for 89 days, and there is in urgent need for foreign tourists to stimulate the economy and tourism sector.



He said Phuket health authorities planned to acquire 930,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine before July 1 for the local population, and foreign visitors’ movements would be tracked by phone app. (NNT)



Comments from concerned people on NNT Facebook page

‘Amazing news, finally!’…

‘Wow hoping to go back again in Patong Phuket’…

‘And those foreigners and Thais, unvaccinated, living in Thailand???’…

‘And how are you going to stop the tourist who have Covid from infecting Thais and other tourist who then leave Phuket and infect the rest of Thailand??? Are you going to lock Phuket down and only allow vaccinated and tested people to leave the island’…



‘Sounds allright just gotta get the planes to go now’…

‘If allowed let’s wait to see where you will be allowed to stay and how much the daily rate will be.’…

‘Only direct flight to Phuket or can transit from Bangkok?’…

‘What about foreigner living in Bangkok? So when they fly out and fly back in Thailand, they don’t need to quarantine if they first land in Phuket? When are they free to travel to other province? Or cannot?’…



‘So and what about Samui? Think same urgent need!’…

‘Nothing but talk / proposal. Not for provincial authorities to decide by themselves. How about only reporting facts?’…