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Phuket Sandbox: Are we ready?

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A lone lifeguard keeps watch over an empty Patong Beach. Photo: Patong Surf Life Saving


By The Phuket News


Leading local tourism figures are confident that Phuket’s tourism industry is ready to welcome what few tourists will start arriving after the Phuket Tourism Sandbox model launches on July 1, allowing vaccinated foreign tourists onto Phuket without observing any mandatory quarantine other than having to remain on the island.


Following reports that Phuket will not be ready to reopen on July 1, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha went online last Sunday (June 13) and posted confirmation on his own Facebook page that July 1 will go ahead.


PM Prayut stressed that the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ project was initiated in line with his guidelines to slowly reopen the country to vaccinated foreign tourists to revive tourism. The PM pointed out that the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA), which he chairs, had already approved the project. However, he also noted that the Sandbox model had yet to be approved by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) and the Cabinet, which at last report was expected to pass final judgement on the July 1 reopening next Tuesday (June 22).


Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-sandbox-are-we-ready-80391.php



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Ca nt really understand why this is being debated.. wouldnt you rather have vaccinated and tested people arriving on planes than locals and farangs with unknown status crossing the bridge?

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I'll need to get Fluffy a ticket to Phuket ASAP.  She'll help fill that sandbox for the PM and TAT.



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They've missed their own vaccination goal by quite a margin.


They've made a number of last-minute changes that makes the proposal far less attractive.


Other than that, I think they are ready for those few who will still want to come. No guarantees that they won't shut it down in a hurry in case there happens to be an outbreak though.

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