Thai Cabinet gives nod for quarantine-free travel to Phuket

BANGKOK : The Thai Cabinet yesterday gave the final approval for quarantine-free travel to Phuket and other islands.

Tourism officials and Thailand's Covid-19 task force announced last Friday that the scheme would begin on July 1.

Yesterday - eight days before its launch - government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said the Cabinet of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had officially given the scheme its blessing.

Besides Phuket, the other destinations include Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao - all sun-soaked islands renowned for clear waters and sandy beaches.

But tricky caveats to ensure the scheme goes ahead without any disruptions include keeping infection rates low - in Phuket, the number of weekly cases cannot exceed 90. - AFP