Last update: May 20th, 2021.
“Accepting vaccinated passengers should be global best practice to reopen borders,” pointed out the International Air Transport Association (IATA) via a press release on May 19th.
This conclusion was not only vocalized by the IATA, but also by European Union leaders: “The EU ambassadors agreed to update the approach to travel from outside the European Union,” said Christian Wigand, European Commission’s spokesperson, during a press conference held also on May 19th.
Both announcements constitute a highly relevant landmark for the travel and tourism sector in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why? While the IATA represents over 290 airlines, which equals 82% of global air traffic, the European Union is the most visited region in the world with more than 740 million international arrivals per year (pre-pandemic).
How can international travelers show proof of vaccination?
COVID passes with blockchain technology (South Korea), paper-based vaccine cards (such as the one issued by the CDC in the United States), special governmental vaccine mandates (Australia), or even more global, coordinated solutions such as the EU Digital Green Certificate are only some of the innovations that might allow foreign passengers to visit other countries this summer.
IATA highlights Germany’s success case, where “vaccinated travelers are no longer subject to quarantine measures (except for certain high-risk countries).”
France will allow Americans who are fully vaccinated to enter the country as of June 9th, 2021
Greece, the nation does not require a quarantine for visitors from the US, the United Kingdom, and Israel, among other states.
Nations such as Singapore, Panama, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates, and airlines such as Etihad Airways, Copa Airlines, Iberia, and Singapore Airlines have already joined this digital health passport experience.
What about Thailand?
Since Apr 2021 Thailand has announced the CovidPassport by Thai Government, so please feel free to come .
Good news for Phuket, we successfully organized Phuket Sand Box Project that Phuket will open to international visitors, so you don’t need to be quarantined.
For international travellers:
*** Vaccinated travellers (over 18 years old) must do an RT PCR test on day 5 of their stay.
*** Non-vaccinated travellers (over 18 years old) will need to do an RT PCR test upon arrival and stay at ALQ (Alternative Local Quarantine) Hotel for 14 days.
International travellers between 12 and 18 years old will need to undergo a rapid antigen test at Phuket International Airport upon arrival. However, children under 12 years old can travel to Phuket with their parents and do not need to undergo any test.
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