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Phuket Lifts All Covid-19 Restrictions on Vaccinated Domestic Tourists Sunday

Tourists Browse Street Market in Phuket
Tourists Browse Street Market in Phuket (Photo: Bao Menglong on Unsplash

Fully vaccinated domestic tourists will be able to visit Phuket without restriction starting Sunday as the province tries to pump up its tourism industry.

Gov. Narong Woonciew said vaccinated domestic visitors no longer would need to take or show proof of a coronavirus test to enter by land, air or sea. International arrivals will remain subject to national tourist-entry rules under the Thailand Pass scheme.

Unvaccinated domestic tourists still will need to take an RT-PCR test, or provide a negative lab-test result, and adhere to disease-control measures set by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

Narong said the strict testing measures put in place to enter Phuket last year no longer were necessary as more than 70% of the island’s population is boosted and local infections have fallen to under 100 a day.

Phuket also will allow restaurants – and bars masquerading as restaurants – to sell alcohol until midnight May 1. Fake restaurants – i.e. bars – will be required to have an assessment by Phuket’s communicable-disease committee.