Updated to 30.3.2021
This summer, it seems, we will be able to return to one of Israelis’ favorite tourist destinations. The Thai Tourist Board (TAT) has announced the partial and gradual removal of restrictions on the entry of vaccinated tourists into Thailand. A special committee headed by the Prime Minister of Thailand has approved in principle a pilot for the reopening of Phuket Island, meanwhile in stages, as detailed below. In accordance with this decision, Phuket residents will be vaccinated first in Thailand, with the vaccination campaign starting with tourism industry workers. By July 2021 the entire Phuket population is expected to be vaccinated. The plan requires final government approval.
Here are the steps of international tourism entry into Thailand in general and Phuket in particular:
• From 1.4.21, vaccinated tourists will be allowed to visit Phuket, but must stay seven days within the hotel or resort area they have booked. After a week, upon receipt of a negative result of the corona check, tourists will be allowed to travel freely in Phuket.
• From 1.7.21, vaccinated tourists will be allowed to travel to Phuket without isolation at the hotel – meaning they can travel freely throughout the island. After a week and a negative test result, they will be allowed to travel freely throughout Thailand. From that date it will be possible to visit five more areas, with a one-week isolation obligation at the hotel and after receiving a negative test result it will be possible to travel in the same area. The five destinations are Krabi, Khao Lak, Koh Samui, Pattaya and Chiang Mai.
• From 1.10.21 a vaccinated tourist will be able to travel to any destination in Thailand based on the same model of isolation week in the area and then travel without restriction.
Upon entering Thailand, every Israeli tourist will have to present a vaccine certificate, a negative result of a corona test performed up to 72 hours before landing in Thailand, as well as downloading an app that will track his movements in the kingdom. The passenger must present health insurance that also covers hospitalization in the case of Corona, and upon arrival at the hotel, the passenger must be checked once more.
After the official approval on behalf of the government, several additional issues will be settled, such as the question of the joining of unvaccinated children and the manner of formal entry and exit arrangements under the entry visas.
Dov Kalman, a representative of the Thai Tourist Board in Israel, said that “this is a dramatic decision that will change the rules of the game. We are convinced that this decision will open Thailand to the many misses who dreamed of returning to the beaches, nature, smiles and tastes of Thailand.”
Corona status in Thailand
The fact that Thailand has remained closed over the past year has helped prevent the virus from spreading in the country. As of this writing, there are about 28,500 verified in Thailand, with very low mortality – 80 patients died from the plague, in a country of 80 million inhabitants.
The Thais strictly maintain physical distance and masks in public enclosures. From February 2021 the activity in Thailand has returned to an almost complete routine, with the opening of restaurants and bars, museums, water parks, theme parks and more.
Source: כתבות – מסע אחר by www.masa.co.il.
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