Phuket Sandbox: 300 tourists mostly from the Middle East to arrive today, 82% island now vaccinated

Jul 01, 2021 | 

Thailand’s tourism minister Pipat Ratchakitprakan told Daily News yesterday that the Phuket Sandbox was ready to start today.

The much heralded reopening of Thailand to foreign tourists will see four flights direct flights arrive today – Ethihad from Abu Dhabi will be first to touch down followed by Qatar from Doha, El Al from Tel Aviv and Singapore from the island nation. 

Pipat said that Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha will be at the airport with his entourage to greet arrivals from Singapore at 5.10 pm. 

In total 300 people are expected aboard the four flights. 

Pipat said that problems over the issuance of Certificate of Entry certificates had been ironed out and tourists would definitely not be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Meanwhile in a related report Thai Rath outlined the drive to vaccinate people on Phuket saying that targets had been exceeded. 

As of yesterday 82% of the people on the southern Thai island had received a first dose of vaccine or 383,158 people out of a total of 466,587. 

A total of 64% have received two doses or 298,344 people.

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