Travel to Phuket for Australians by July as the island of Thailand aims to revive the tourism industry

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How JULY vacationers can enjoy lavish trips to a no-quarantine Thai island – but there’s a catch

  • Vacationers should be able to travel to Phuket in Thailand by July 2021
  • Travelers must be vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus to travel abroad
  • They will also have to spend a week on the island and take a test for Covid-19
  • Thailand hopes the relaxed travel requirement will revive the tourism industry
  • Australians must apply for special exemptions to be allowed to leave the country

Vacationers could travel to Phuket in July and then through Thailand without having to remain in quarantine, as long as they are fully vaccinated.

Travelers will have to show authorities that they have had Covid-19 in order to travel to the holiday island in Thailand, which hopes to revive the terrible tourist economy.

But unfortunately for Australians, special exceptions are still needed to fly abroad since the international borders closed on March 20.

If a traveler can prove that he is leaving for at least three months, or for work or compassionate reasons, he can get the exemption from the government, but must be quarantined if he returns to Australia.

While Phuket visitors do not have to go into quarantine in a hotel, they are required to stay on the island for a week and take a Covid-19 test before being allowed to travel through the rest of the country.

Vacationers should be able to travel to Phuket in July without having to remain in quarantine

Vacationers should be able to travel to Phuket in July without having to remain in quarantine

Thailand's holiday island of Phuket expects 70 percent of the local population to be vaccinated by the time the new quarantine regulations come into effect.

Thailand's holiday island of Phuket expects 70 percent of the local population to be vaccinated by the time the new quarantine regulations come into effect.

Thailand’s holiday island of Phuket expects 70 percent of the local population to be vaccinated by the time the new quarantine regulations come into effect.

Thailand will allow vaccinated visitors to undergo a one-week quarantine instead of the required two weeks from April

Thailand will allow vaccinated visitors to undergo a one-week quarantine instead of the required two weeks from April

Thailand will allow vaccinated visitors to undergo a one-week quarantine instead of the required two weeks from April

“On July 1, we will be able to bring tourists who have received two doses of vaccine to Phuket without having to remain in quarantine,” said Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.

“After a week on the island, without symptoms and with negative tests, they can travel to the rest of the country.”

Thailand’s holiday island of Phuket expects 70 percent of the local population to be vaccinated by the time the new quarantine regulations come into effect.

Typically visited by about a quarter of foreigners who travel to Thailand, the island is leading a project to revive a pandemic-ravaged tourism industry that has weighed heavily on the overall economy.

Starting next month, Thailand will allow vaccinated visitors to undergo only one week of quarantine instead of the required two weeks.

While strict regulations have limited coronavirus cases to a fraction of those in many other countries, it has brought down tourist numbers.

The central bank expects three million foreign tourists this year, compared to 6.7 million last year and nearly 40 million in 2019, who spent 1.91 trillion baht ($ 61.4 billion).

The tourism ministry is requesting 925,000 vaccine doses to inoculate Phuket residents as of April, Phiphat said.

Although strict regulations have limited coronavirus cases to a fraction of those in many other countries, it has sharply reduced tourist numbers (photo, an empty Patong beach in Phuket)

Although strict regulations have limited coronavirus cases to a fraction of those in many other countries, it has sharply reduced tourist numbers (photo, an empty Patong beach in Phuket)

Although strict regulations have limited coronavirus cases to a fraction of those in many other countries, it has sharply reduced tourist numbers (photo, an empty Patong beach in Phuket)

Thailand has so far administered about 100,000 doses among medical personnel and high-risk groups (photo, temperature control in the Or Tor Kor market)

Thailand has so far administered about 100,000 doses among medical personnel and high-risk groups (photo, temperature control in the Or Tor Kor market)

Thailand has so far administered about 100,000 doses among medical personnel and high-risk groups (photo, temperature control in the Or Tor Kor market)

Thailand has so far administered about 100,000 doses to medical personnel and groups at risk.

Authorities on Thursday approved Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine, the third to be approved after AstraZeneca and Sinovac.

Phuket’s ‘Tourism Sandbox’ plan is being sent to the country’s coronavirus task force for approval this week.

Hoteliers want to deploy vaccines faster and more widely to accelerate the revival.

“The government must accelerate the approval of additional vaccine brands and import more vaccines and inoculate more people immediately,” Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, president of the Thai Hotels Association, told Reuters.

Hotels had become “zombies,” she said, with huge debts and no profit.

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