Under the new ‘Digital Yacht Quarantine programme’, visitors can quarantine in isolation and luxury. However, they still need to bring a negative Covid-19 test and wear a smartwatch to monitor their daily health.
For non-Thai visitors, they are also required to buy health insurance that covers Covid-19.
The reopening of Phuket to tourists serves as a pilot scheme for the rest of the promised reopening. A plan to offer a $1 hotel stay to entice visitors to choose Phuket as their next travelling destination has been submitted to the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports for approval.
Besides Phuket, Thailand will also be reopening four other cities for tourism, including Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Krabi and Pattaya. Travel agencies, transport providers, accommodations, shops and restaurants are furnishing the last preparation details (International Covid-safe regulations) to the much looked forward reopening in July.
Under these regulations, vaccinated tourists will be allowed to visit the five cities without a need for mandatory quarantine.
If the scheme comes out victorious, Bangkok, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Buriram will then also reopen in October without any quarantine requirement.
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