Countdown to Phuket sandbox 1 July. Vaccination exceeds 75%. Ready to open the country for 120 days. 300 hotels have received the SHA+ symbol. More than 129,000 tourists are expected to come to Phuket, generating income for 3 months, spreading 15 billion baht.
On June 19, 2021, Mr. Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, spokesman for the Center for Economic Situation Management Center for the Impact of the COVID-19 Epidemic (BACC), said that from visiting Phuket which is a pilot area open to foreign tourists who have been vaccinated with full doses (by type of vaccine) without quarantine for 14 days (Phuket sandbox) Vendors, hotel staff, drivers, travel agents at the airport general public Everyone said in unison, Phuket Sandbox is ready to open for tourists on July 1 for sure.
“Everyone was very excited. and cooperate fully As far as I can see, all parties are really ready and, as far as I know, the system has been tested at the airport twice.”
Mr. Thanakorn said In addition, know that Phuket has now vaccinated about 75% of the population, which is divided into three major groups. The first group is people in Phuket. Which has an estimated total of 310,000 people. The second group is the latent population. Which is estimated at more than 100,000 people. Group 3 is a group of foreign workers or foreign workers. Which came to live in Phuket, there are about 74,000 people, the total population of 466,587 people, 350,871 people have been injected, representing 75%.
As for the preparation in Phuket has coordinated cooperation from all sectors to prepare to open areas to accommodate tourists, such as improving the landscape Security
especially measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Evaluation of the establishment for the SHA symbol, and when establishment personnel have received 2 doses of the vaccine, they will receive the SHA+ symbol, which now has the establishment. Over 300 hotels have earned the SHA+ badge.
The preparation of a system of readiness to welcome tourists in Phuket Phuket Sandbox is considered a model of cooperation that has been systematically prepared. From before entering the country, staying, traveling and participating in various activities until leaving the province. to be a model for other tourism provinces
Mr. Thanakorn said It is expected that the project will bring more than 129,000 tourists to Phuket. Estimated revenue for 3 months (Jul-Sept. 20) will have around 15,000 million baht in circulation. Then this model will be expanded to the area. Other tourist provinces according to the policy of opening the country to restore the economy of the Prime Minister
in terms of planning for public health readiness both random checks Surveillance at points in risky areas such as markets, bus terminals, airports, and pedestrian streets has been co-operated by Prince of Songkla University. which will be able to test lab results about 1,000 people per day
In this regard, the Phuket Sandbox operation guidelines of the Tourism Authority of Thailand To open to tourists on July 1, 64, there are criteria for consideration as follows: 1. Foreigners must receive complete vaccine doses at least 14 days prior to travel. and have a certificate of vaccination 2. Must be a traveler from a low-risk country Children under 6 years of age must be accompanied by a vaccinated parent.
3. Must have documents for testing for COVID-19 The results were not found within 72 hours and had to be tested 3 times in Thailand, namely the date of arrival, the 7th and the 14th day, by the contracting hospital. 4. Must arrive at the accommodation by hotel car and get tested for infection. They are not allowed to leave the room until the test results show no infection. Therefore, it is allowed to travel within Phuket after 14 days will be able to travel to other provinces.
“The way to open the country within 120 days of the Prime Minister which will gradually open up tourism cities to revitalize the economy to earn income into the country People can make a living We have to adapt to COVID-19. We need to create a balance. I think that when we accelerate the vaccination of 50 million people and accelerate the rehabilitation of the country together. Soon the country will return to the way it was. I just want people to believe and have faith. All parties must work together.”