Thailand's Phuket to lift quarantine measures for vaccinated foreign visitors from July 1


Saksayam Chidchob, Thailand's transport minister, sits in a commuter train during a media tour of the Bang Sue Grand Station rail hub in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday, March 26, 2021. Thailand will waive quarantine requirements for vaccinated foreign visitors arriving on the resort island of Phuket from July 1. The government plans to test the reopening plan before expanding to other key tourist hotspots to help restart the tourism industry battered by a year without its millions of tourists. - bLoomberg

BANGKOK, March 28 (Xinhua): Thailand's Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) approved on Friday a waiver to the quarantine measures for vaccinated foreign visitors to Phuket effective on July 1, confirmed Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.

The government-run CESA approved the Tourism Authority of Thailand's proposal for Phuket to be the country's first tourist destination where the quarantine measures for vaccinated visitors will be no longer enforced upon arrival from July 1, according to Phiphat, who attended Friday's CESA meeting.

Meanwhile, during this year's second quarter, between April 1 and June 30, the seven-day quarantine measures will be enforced for vaccinated foreign tourists in several favorite tourist destinations, namely Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phang Nga, Krabi, Koh Samui and Phuket.

During the third quarter, the vaccinated foreign visitors will be officially required to stay in Phuket for at least seven days before they may leave for any other destinations, Phiphat said.

During this year's fourth quarter from October to December, the quarantine measures will be completely lifted for the vaccinated foreign visitors to all of those favorite tourist destinations.

The CESA has planned to reopen the entire country to foreign visitors without quarantine measures from the beginning of next year's first quarter. - Xinhua
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