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You May Be Able To Travel To Phuket And Other Thai Islands Soon Without Undergoing Quarantine

As early as 1 July

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You May Be Able To Travel To Phuket And Other Thai Islands Soon Without Undergoing Quarantine
The Thai government has decided to reopen the tourism industry in the country as early as 1 July, starting with Phuket. 

Under the country's "sandbox" plan, it plans to allow fully vaccinated visitors from countries that are considered low or medium risk to visit the island without having to undergo quarantine. 

If successful, the plan will be expanded to other parts of the country, particularly the islands. 

COVID-19 cases in Thailand is still high

Thai COVID-19 cases

The government announced the plans despite a hike in COVID-19 cases in the country in recent months. 

According to SCMP, Thailand expects to vaccinate about 70% of the Phuket population before it opens for tourism purposes. 

The report also stated that Phuket had taken matters into its own hands by procuring vaccines outside state quotas and has managed to vaccinate 50 to 60 per cent of its population, so reaching the goal by July doesn't seem like a far-fetched idea. 

Under the "sandbox" plan, tourists who have been in Phuket for two weeks and test negative for COVID-19 after the period can then travel to the rest of the country.

This is to enable long-term tourists to re-enter the country and help with the tourism industry. 

Tourism is one of the hardest-hit industries this pandemic, with Thailand's economy losing about USD50 billion (RM208 billion) last year alone. 

Does this mean you can start booking your trip soon? 

Well, it depends. Go ahead if you're optimistic enough that Malaysia will be considered "safe" soon. 

Either that or you're a VIP who can get away with crossing borders when nobody else can. 

 
 
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