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Thailand Reopening Phuket For Vaccinated Travelers With No Quarantine

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Travel during the pandemic has arrived in stages. Whilst the earlier stages saw precious little travel going on, later stages saw travel possible due to the widespread availability of testing. Now, it seems, we are in the most recent stage of pandemic travel – travel for those who are vaccinated.

That certainly seems the case for Thailand, which is set to open one of its most popular destinations, Phuket, to travelers who have been vaccinated without having to quarantine. Here’s a closer look at the plan, why you should consider heading to Phuket and a look at the entry requirements for Thailand.

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Thailand’s dependence on tourism can’t be overstated. With around 40 million tourists entering the country in 2019 – and with tourism representing around 13% of Thailand’s total economy – there’s little surprise that the country is doing all that it can in order to kickstart tourism.

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Phuket – Thailand’s largest island and one of its most popular travel destinations – is a shadow of its former self at present. Highly reliant on tourism, the province has been something of a ghost town of late, with its once-teeming promenades now home to row upon row of shuttered shopfronts and empty beaches. However, the latest scheme by the Thai government could be about to change that.

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Today, a plan put forward by Phuket’s private sector and business groups to inoculate at least 70% of the island’s residents in order to prepare for the arrival of vaccinated travelers was approved by a panel chaired by Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-O-Cha.

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Thailand’s costly quarantine has long been seen as a prohibitive factor when it comes to restarting tourism in the country, yet the plan will allow vaccinated tourists to skip quarantine in Thailand altogether.

In order to facilitate the plan, Phuket is to be given priority with regards to Thailand’s vaccine rollout. The province is expected to receive in the region of 930,000 doses prior to reopening, vaccinating around 70% of the population of the island and allowing the province to achieve herd immunity. The scheme is set to start on July 1st, and Thailand has predicted as many as 100,000 tourists arriving in the third quarter.

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Why Visit Phuket?

There are several reasons why in 2019 Phuket received almost 10 million visitors. From its lively Patong district to the spectacular bays of Karon and Kata, Phuket is home to some of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches and natural landmarks, not to mention some of its fanciest hotels. However, Phuket is not just home to stunning beaches, paradisal islands and waterfall-filled national parks – it is also home to swanky shopping malls that wouldn’t be out of place in any country in the world. Perfect for any budget, from backpacker to boutique travelers, Phuket has something for everyone, and is bound to recover from the pandemic and go from strength to strength in the future.

How To Visit Thailand

Whilst the vaccinated may be able to visit Phuket more easily from July, it’s not as hard as you may think to visit Thailand. The country currently has visa exemption status with many countries, whilst those that aren’t covered by the scheme can apply for the Special Tourist Visa (STV), which grants up to 90 days in the country. Whilst the 14 days of quarantine may be off-putting, it is soon to go down to 10 days – and only 7 days for vaccinated travelers. For a comprehensive read on how to enter Thailand, please read here.

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aquestion

Thursday 8th of April 2021

Hi there, Phuket is open to turism. But once in Phuket, will there be controls to go out of Phuket ? Ex: domestic flight to Bangkok, taxi and touristic cars to others part of Thailand.

EdwardV

Saturday 27th of March 2021

Before you rush off and book a plane flight for the first of July keep a few things in mind. The plan isn’t set just yet, they still need to be sure they can vaccinate 70% of the population first. Many of the small details are still not known, you know where the devil hangs out. Last Phuket has been particularly hard hit with some estimates as much as 75% of all businesses closed. Many to not reopen anytime soon. You can easily see for yourself, there are plenty of recent videos of the tourist areas posted. Let’s just say they look post apocalyptic. It’s going to take a while for Thailand to reopen, and for their infamous bureaucratic government to work out the kinks of a new arrival system.

Alex

Saturday 27th of March 2021

This question applies to other countries besides Thailand that plan on allowing vaccinated visitors in without quarantine measures. It's surprisingly something that hasn't been discussed at all to my knowledge anywhere.....which is odd.

What vaccines will be accepted? All the articles I've read reference 2 dose vaccines but what about single dose vaccines such as the one from Johnson and Johnson? Does that one count as well?

Nik

Friday 26th of March 2021

Wow. This sis great news for people who have been itching to travel to Thailand!

James

Tuesday 30th of March 2021

@Nik, not necessarily , many people including me are used to having Cambodia/Laos/Myanmar/Bali to hop back and fourth.

These days what good does it do being in Thailand? Once your visa is up you have to go to Europe or America.