The Center for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) meeting today (Friday) chaired by Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, has decided to specify 6 requirements for fully vaccinated foreign tourists to enter Thailand without quarantine requirement. from July 1 as part of the “Phuket Sandbox” advance tourist scheme.
The 6 proposed requirements – to be approved by the Cabinet – are as follows:
- Foreign tourists wishing to visit Phuket should be fully vaccinated for more than 14 days but not more than a year. They must come from low and medium risk countries, according to the lists of the Ministry of Public Health.
- Children under the age of 6 can enter with their fully immunized parents. 6-18 year olds must undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival.
- The tourist must present a vaccination certificate from his country of departure. The vaccine must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration of Thailand (Sinovac, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna) or approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) (BioNTech-Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm, Sinovac)
- Install an app for local authorities to track health conditions
- Stay in hotels certified by the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA +) for 14 nights, after which travel to other parts of Thailand will be permitted
- Update their health status on the app and take further COVID-19 tests as required by the Department of Public Health. Tourist activities under DMHTTA (Distancing, Wearing a mask, Hand washing, Temperature, Test, Application) are recommended.
The plan aims to initially attract European and American tourists, with the objective of welcoming 129,000 tourists. As for tourists from neighboring countries, the reopening will depend on the vaccination and travel policy of each country and the Tourism Authority of Thailand will review the situation on a monthly basis.
Bangkok, Krabi, Phang Nga, Surat Thani, Chiang Mai, Chonburi, Buriram, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan, are expected to welcome tourists in October, all following the Phuket Sandbox model.
During the recent parliamentary debate on the budget bill, Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said he was confident that 70% of people in the 10 provinces would be vaccinated this month.
The ministry is also planning to launch the “Tiew Thai Tour” project, to boost the domestic tourism sector and encourage people to travel on weekdays. It is expected to generate revenues of up to 61 billion baht, along with existing programs, such as “Rao Tiew Duay Kan” (We Travel Together) and the “Kam Lang Jai” program.
Meanwhile, seven airlines will resume direct flights to and from Phuket early next month, namely Thai Airways, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, El Al, British Airways and Air France.
Source: Thai PBS