Starting 1 July, Phuket will open its borders to tourists from certain countries who have been vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arriving on the island
The programme, known as 'Phuket sandbox', is Thailand's attempt at trying to save the tourism industry, which saw a loss of around 1.45 million tourism jobs during this pandemic, according to The Star.
Reports state that around 70% of the island's population has had at least one vaccine dose, while all front-line workers including those at hotels and restaurants are fully vaccinated.
Incoming visitors will not need to quarantine for 14 days, except if they want to travel to other parts of Thailand.
Under the programme, travellers who are allowed to enter will need to be from low- to medium-risk places
The Nation reported that the list includes 63 countries and three territories:
3. Antigua and Barbuda
19. Czech Republic
42. The Netherlands
43. New Zealand
50. San Marino
55. South Korea
60. United Arab Emirates
61. United Kingdom
62. United States
1. Hong Kong
However, there are certain terms and conditions tourists will need to comply with if they want to visit Phuket
According to the Thai Embassy, travellers would need to:
- Apply for a certificate of entry
- Have a vaccine certificate or proof of vaccination prior to their departure
- Wear face masks in public
- Have COVID-19 travel insurance that covers a minimum of USD100,000 (RM415,000)
- Take three COVID-19 tests at their own expense while in Phuket
- Download a mobile phone app for contact tracing purposes
In addition, tourists can only travel via direct flights to Phuket and stay at approved hotels. They are also free to roam the island once the first test is negative.
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