Thailand Considers Reopening to International Tourism in October
Thailand Considers Reopening to International Tourism in October.
Thailand has introduced a plan to encourage International tourism this fall under a program called “Safe and Sealed.”
Travelers to Thailand will undergo COVID-19 testing and strict quarantine protocols. Thailand’s Minister of Tourism Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said at a public forum. He requested the use of Phuket as a pilot model and has received approval from the Center for Economic Situation Administration.
The Phuket Program(Thailand reopening Program)
Under the program, tourists would fly into Phuket. Quarantine in a designated resort area for at least 14 days. After a negative COVID-19 test at the end of their quarantine period, travelers would be free to travel on the island.
Visitors seeking to travel beyond Phuket will remain in quarantine for an additional seven days. Undergoing a third COVID-19 test at the end of the 21-day quarantine period.
Officials have hinted at areas such Patong Beach where tourists could vacation and access the beach within special zones comprising three to four resorts. Hotel employees will however go into quarantine before leaving the zones while receiving regular testing.
The plan is pending approval by the Thai government andit requires approval of local residents. A public hearing and decision is expected to take place early this month.