Thailand to open Phuket for foreign tourists under strict requirements

In a battle with a near-collapsed local economy, Thailand will allow foreign tourists to visit the holiday island of Phuket for longer stays starting from October, Tourism Authority of Thailand governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, said.

Tourists will have to stay for at least 30 days, with the first 14 days in quarantine in a limited vicinity of their hotel, before they can visit other areas, Reuters reported..

The announcement comes after authorities suspended plans to create travel corridors with other regional countries as the number of coronavirus cases in Asia rose again.

Visitors to Phuket will have to take two coronavirus tests during quarantine before they will be allowed to travel to the rest of the island. Staff will have to remain in the hotel at all times.

Economy in shatters as tourism arrivals dried up

Thailand has gone nearly three months without a confirmed case of a local Covid-19 contagion. As of August 23, the country recorded 3,395 cases, 58 deaths and 3,221 recovered.

The country’s tourism-overreliant economy has been battered by the collapse of global travel as infections spread. GDP dropped by 12.2 per cent in the second quarter from a year earlier, the worst contraction since the 1998 Asian crisis due to the pandemic impact.

The country expects to receive a mere 6.1 million foreign tourists this year most of which already arrived in the first quarter. In 2019, Thailand reached a record of 39.8 million tourists.



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In a battle with a near-collapsed local economy, Thailand will allow foreign tourists to visit the holiday island of Phuket for longer stays starting from October, Tourism Authority of Thailand governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, said. Tourists will have to stay for at least 30 days, with the first 14 days in quarantine in a limited vicinity of their hotel, before they can visit other areas, Reuters reported.. The announcement comes after authorities suspended plans to create travel corridors with other regional countries as the number of coronavirus cases in Asia rose again. Visitors to Phuket will have to take two coronavirus...

In a battle with a near-collapsed local economy, Thailand will allow foreign tourists to visit the holiday island of Phuket for longer stays starting from October, Tourism Authority of Thailand governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, said.

Tourists will have to stay for at least 30 days, with the first 14 days in quarantine in a limited vicinity of their hotel, before they can visit other areas, Reuters reported..

The announcement comes after authorities suspended plans to create travel corridors with other regional countries as the number of coronavirus cases in Asia rose again.

Visitors to Phuket will have to take two coronavirus tests during quarantine before they will be allowed to travel to the rest of the island. Staff will have to remain in the hotel at all times.

Economy in shatters as tourism arrivals dried up

Thailand has gone nearly three months without a confirmed case of a local Covid-19 contagion. As of August 23, the country recorded 3,395 cases, 58 deaths and 3,221 recovered.

The country’s tourism-overreliant economy has been battered by the collapse of global travel as infections spread. GDP dropped by 12.2 per cent in the second quarter from a year earlier, the worst contraction since the 1998 Asian crisis due to the pandemic impact.

The country expects to receive a mere 6.1 million foreign tourists this year most of which already arrived in the first quarter. In 2019, Thailand reached a record of 39.8 million tourists.



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