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Tuesday 25 August 2020

Phuket to open its doors to travellers

Thai officials will allow foreign tourists to visit Phuket for long stays from October - but would-be visitors must be prepared to commit to spending at least a month in paradise.

The Thai government is desperate to revive a key economic sector that has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, but is not willing to take chances.

From October 1, tourists will have to stay for at least 30 days, with the first 14 days in quarantine within a limited vicinity of their hotel, before they can visit other areas, Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn said.

Tourists will have to take two coronavirus tests during quarantine before they are able to travel to the rest of the island.

Thailand has gone nearly three months without a confirmed case of a local Covid-19 transmission. It has recorded over 3,300 cases.

The Thai economy contracted 12.2% in the second quarter.

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