Phuket is ready for charter flights from Russia

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Phuket Lieutenant Governor Pichet said 496 Russian tourists had traveled to Phuket as part of the sandbox program since Sept. 1, with the hope that airlines will soon launch direct flights from Russia to Phuket. (File Photo – Phi Phi Island)

Phuket Lieutenant Governor Pichet Panapong met with Russian Consul General in Phuket Vladimir V. Sosnov to share their views on reopening Thailand to foreign tourists under the Phuket Sandbox Program and to discuss charter flights from Russia to Phuket.

The Russian Consul General said there are many Russians interested in coming to Thailand as part of the Phuket Sandbox program, but the Russian government is still concerned about the COVID-19 infection numbers in Thailand. It was disheartening to travel to Thailand until the number of infections fell to what was believed to be safe levels, which was 40 infections per 100,000 people.

The lieutenant governor of Phuket told the consul general that the infection rate in Phuket was between 30 and 100,000 people and assured that strict disease control measures were being taken on the island. More than 70% of the people in Phuket are fully vaccinated and the vaccination rate is expected to reach 70% by the end of this month.

Mr Pichet said 496 Russian tourists had traveled to Phuket as part of the sandbox program since Sept. 1. The airlines were hoping to launch direct flights from Russia to Phuket, with the lieutenant governor also asking the Russian government to approve charter flights to Phuket. (NNT)



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