The tourism industry forms a major part of Phuket's revenue, which was lost when Thailand shut its borders and imposed harsh regulations.
Phuket, Thailand's largest island, is now open to foreign visitors — but only those who have been completely vaccinated against COVID-19 and come from low- to medium-risk countries.
Incoming travelers will not be forced to stay in a hotel for 14 days, but will be required to stay on the island for a fortnight before being able to travel to other regions of Thailand if they so desire.
The reopening coincides with Thailand's third and most dangerous wave of coronavirus, but Phuket has attempted to strengthen itself in order to protect its people and visitors.
More than 75% of the population of the island has been vaccinated, compared to only 3.6% of the rest of the country.
Entry into Phuket from other parts of Thailand will be strictly regulated, since new infection have been surpassing 4,000 per day this week.
Thailand is relying on the Phuket Sandbox pilot program to help revive the country's shattered inbound tourism industry, which was wiped out by the pandemic.
Normally, the island receives about 10 million international visitors per year, but that number has dropped to zero since Thailand imposed strict border restrictions more than a year ago.
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