Thai Phuket opens for overseas tourists on July 1

Travellers at Udon Thani airport, one of five the International Civil Aviation Organisation will be asked to recognise as new international airports during the Third Global Aviation Cooperation Symposium in Phuket next week. (Photo by Dusida Worrachaddejchai). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

PHUKET, Jun 23, 2021, Bangkok Post. The provincial governor has elaborated on rules for people arriving from overseas when Phuket reopens to foreign tourists from Europe and America on July 1, Bangkok Post reported.

Governor Narong Woonsew said on Wednesday that visitors would come from low- and medium-risk countries in Europe and America and they would arrive on Thai Airways International flights from London, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Paris and Zurich.

Before arrival, visitors must have a negative Covid-19 test, arrange Covid-19 insurance coverage of at least US$100,000 and a reservation at a hotel with a Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus certificate.

Mr Narong said visitors would be required to stay in Phuket for at least 14 days before travelling to other provinces.

For the first seven days, they could not change their hotel. During the second week they could change hotels twice.

On arrival day, visitors would be tested again for Covid-19 at Phuket airport. They would then have to wait in their hotel room for the result. If it returned negative, they could then go out.

They would all be required to install and use the phone tracking app MorChana.

There would be two more tests, on day 6/7 and day 12/13. After 14 days, they would have another test. If all returned negative, visitors would be able to travel to other provinces.

The same rules would apply to Thai returnees, the Phuket governor said.

He also said disease screening for people who arrive by land or sea would be of the same standard as those arriving by air.

Thais planning to return to work in Phuket must be vaccinated and test negative for Covid-19 first, Mr Narong said.

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