Thailand's most famous island, Phuket reopens to vaccinated travellers

Thailand is pushing ahead with plans to jumpstart its crucial tourism industry by reopening the popular resort island of Phuket to vaccinated travellers, even as the more virulent delta strain of coronavirus sweeps through the region.

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Inoculated tourists from low and medium-risk countries such as the U.S. and Spain will be allowed to holiday in Phuket without quarantining.(Luke Duggleby/Bloomberg)

Inoculated tourists from low and medium-risk countries such as the U.S. and Spain will be allowed to holiday in Phuket without quarantining.(Luke Duggleby/Bloomberg)

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A sign reminding guests to wear protective masks displayed at a hotel in Phuket, Thailand.(Luke Duggleby/Bloomberg)

A sign reminding guests to wear protective masks displayed at a hotel in Phuket, Thailand.(Luke Duggleby/Bloomberg)

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“It’s the start of the reopening of Thailand’s tourism sector in the new normal,” said Thaneth Tantipiriyakij, president of the Tourism Council of Phuket.(Luke Duggleby/Bloomberg)

“It’s the start of the reopening of Thailand’s tourism sector in the new normal,” said Thaneth Tantipiriyakij, president of the Tourism Council of Phuket.(Luke Duggleby/Bloomberg)

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“We’ll gradually reopen and continuously learn from it to chart the course for tourism to become one of the country’s key economic engines again,” he added.(Luke Duggleby/Bloomberg)

“We’ll gradually reopen and continuously learn from it to chart the course for tourism to become one of the country’s key economic engines again,” he added.(Luke Duggleby/Bloomberg)

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Reports suggests, booking data from six airlines shows 426 flights and 8,281 arrivals to Phuket during the first month of the reopening.(Luke Duggleby/Bloomberg)

Reports suggests, booking data from six airlines shows 426 flights and 8,281 arrivals to Phuket during the first month of the reopening.(Luke Duggleby/Bloomberg)

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“Phuket is on a national mission to pave the way for the country to reopen. The whole country is closely watching. We can’t fail,” Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha said during a visit to the island on Thursday. “There are risks to public health, but at the same time the economy and businesses still need to move forward," he added.(Luke Duggleby/Bloomberg)

“Phuket is on a national mission to pave the way for the country to reopen. The whole country is closely watching. We can’t fail,” Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha said during a visit to the island on Thursday. “There are risks to public health, but at the same time the economy and businesses still need to move forward," he added.(Luke Duggleby/Bloomberg)

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Travellers from China, Singapore and Hong Kong are still required to quarantine when they return home, making travel an unattractive proposition.(Luke Duggleby/Bloomberg)

Travellers from China, Singapore and Hong Kong are still required to quarantine when they return home, making travel an unattractive proposition.(Luke Duggleby/Bloomberg)

PUBLISHED ON JUL 01, 2021 05:28 PM IST
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