Harbinger of Thailand tourism recovery?

In July, Phuket will be the first destination in Thailand to reopen since the Covid-19 pandemic struck last year, with plans underway to allow vaccinated tourists to visit the island resort without quarantine requirements.

Officials have confirmed that Thailand will begin to remove quarantine requirements and open its borders to fully-vaccinated travelers this July. The island of Phuket will be the first destination to welcome back international tourists from July 1st, and five other tourist hotspots will ease restriction in October.

The two-stage reopening has been approved by the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA), chaired by the Thai Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-Ocha. To allow travelers back to Phuket, island residents and tourism workers are being prioritized to receive the vaccine, with the aim of 70 percent of the population to be vaccinated by July, though some say this is unrealistic.

As for the second stage, Phuket, Krabi, Phangnga, Koh Samui, Chonburi (Pattaya) and Chiang Mai are set to reopen, quarantine free, to vaccinated travelers, in October.

All visitors will have to be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival (at their hotel), and will also be required to stay at least seven days at the point of entry, before traveling elsewhere in Thailand. Until further notice, all other destinations in Thailand, not listed above, are still subject to a seven-day mandatory area quarantine upon arrival.


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