Phuket is all set to welcome back tourists with an offer you might find hard to refuse. The beach destination may give out rooms for as low as $1 (72).
The campaign proposed by the Tourism Council of Thailand called ‘One-night, One-Dollar’ has been sent for approval to the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Ministry of Tourism. Rooms that are otherwise priced at 1,000-3,000 baht (Rs2,341 to Rs7,024) would be given out for around 31 baht ($1). “Phuket will be the pilot destination to reopen in the third quarter to fully vaccinated foreign visitors from low-risk countries under strict rules and regulations,” TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn TAT Governor said. International tourists will be allowed to move freely on the island and will have to stay for a minimum of seven nights, according to a CNN report.
Who can visit Phuket?
While the island has stated it will welcome vaccinated travellers, there’s no news on whether this will include Indian travellers. The countries that qualify as “low-risk” are yet to be confirmed, but the TAT says it will update its website as soon as the information is available.
As part of its reopening, Phuket is working towards achieving herd immunity by inoculating 70% of the island’s population before it welcomes tourists. As of June 1, the island had vaccinated 54% of its population.
While Phuket may be nearly ready to welcome tourists, the rest of Thailand is on track to waive quarantine requirements for vaccinated travellers by October.