A command centre, called “EOC Phuket Sandbox” has been set up on the resort island, with 70% of its equipment installation complete. Phuket will be the first province to welcome fully vaccinated foreign visitors, without quarantine, from July 1st, according to the government.
The centre will be up and running in the coming days, according to Energy Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow, Tourism and Sports Minister Phlipat Ratchakitprakarn and Phuket Governor Narong Woonsiew, today (Friday), who met with local authorities to discuss final preparations.
The centre will be used, along with the “Mor Prom” and “Mor Chana” apps, to track the movements of foreign tourists on Phuket, in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. Tourists will be required to install one of the apps upon arrival. If an infection is found, the information will be sent to health investigators so tourists can seek treatment.
It is expected that 100,000 visitors, under the Phuket “Sandbox” project, will generate up to 9 billion baht of revenue during the first three months of operation although estimates vary widely about these arrivals.