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Thailand is beginning to lift travel restrictions for yachts following the COVID-19 pandemic, with new regulations for flying in to Phuket being introduced. These regulations will make it easier for crew changes and the eventual reopening of Thailand scheduled to take place on 1st November 2021.
Thailand will waive its mandatory quarantine requirement in Bangkok and nine regions to vaccinated arrivals, authorities declared on Monday. After months of strict travel restrictions, Thailand will be easing some travel restrictions and quarantine requirements and will be allowing tourists to enter the country.
The Thai government also plans to promote tourism in 2022 by setting up a tourism promotional fund to transform Phuket into a world class destination. Restrictions were eased as COVID-19 vaccinations hit 50-million doses after a record 1.4-million doses last week.
The government has introduced ‘Sandbox programs’ allowing vaccinated travellers to enter without quarantine, which has welcomed over 35,000 travellers since it started on July 1st 2021. Fully vaccinated travellers from eligible countries who are visiting Thailand through the Phuket Sandbox program are not required to undergo a mandatory quarantine. The Phuket Sandbox travellers are required to stay for 7 nights in a designated SHA+ hotel in Phuket only.
The Samui Plus Sandbox program has welcomed international travellers since it started on July 15th, 2021. Fully vaccinated travellers visiting Thailand through the Samui Plus Sandbox are not required to undergo a mandatory quarantine. Samui Plus Sandbox travellers are required to stay for 7 nights in a designated Samui Extra Plus hotel in Samui before they are allowed to travel to Koh Phang Ngan or Koh Tao.
The ambitious plan for Phuket and the tourism sector was approved during an online meeting from the Centre for Economic Situation Administration, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. A tourism promotion fund, with the support of the private sector and civil society, will be set up to promote tourism and to begin rebuilding the tourism industry for sustainable growth, and also to welcome more foreign-flagged yachts and superyachts.
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