Thailand sticking with plan to welcome tourists vaccinated against Covid-19 in July

Thailand will go ahead with a plan next month to reopen to vaccinated foreign visitors, starting with its most popular resort island Phuket, as it tries to revive tourism while battling its biggest coronavirus outbreak so far.

The plan was approved by the government’s economic task force on Friday (June 4) and comes just days ahead of the start of a mass vaccination drive, the success of which will determine when Thailand can fully restart an industry that attracted 40 million tourists annually before the pandemic.

Phuket is a pilot scheme for the reopening, and is aiming to vaccinate 70 per cent of its local population by July 1, far ahead of the national rate.

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