The provincial authorities have approved the plan to allow foreign tourists without quarantine from July 1, 2021, but there is one.
Before then, the local residents must have had a vaccination, for which almost a million Covid19 vaccines are needed.
Phuket Deputy Governor Khun Pichet Panapong said the Infectious Diseases Committee approved the proposal yesterday.
“Phuket has not had any new COVID-19 cases for 89 days. There is an urgent need for foreign tourists here to get the economy and tourism industry back on track, ”he said.
“In the past, a local resident earned an average of about 40,000 baht per month. In February this fell to about 8,000 baht. Without any change, this will drop to 1,964 baht in July, which is below Thailand’s poverty line.
Panapong said Phuket has 120,000 rooms in about 600 hotels. An investigation has shown that foreign Phuket is willing to visit provided it reopens without quarantine.
Phuket health authorities planned to obtain 930,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for the local population by July 1, and the movements of foreign visitors would be monitored through phone apps.