Minister checks Phuket airport's readiness to receive foreigners under STV scheme


Phuket International Airport is ready to welcome foreigners arriving with the Special Tourist Visa (STV).

Minister of Transport Saksayam Chidchob went to the airport on Saturday to follow up on preparations to receive tourists and businessmen issued the STV. He also supervised the screening checkpoint and the examination process in Phuket Airport.
Saksayam had told
Airports of Thailand (AOT) and relevant agencies to assess the readiness and potential enhancement plans of Phuket International Airport and five other airports: Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Mae Fah Luang – Chiang Rai International Airport, and Hat Yai, to accommodate STV visa holders, according to government policy.
At Phuket Airport, all systems are ready, especially the sample collection and Covid-19 testing.
When the first group of tourists arrives and the screening system works well, it is expected to lead to an increase in the rate of easing virus control measures. Phuket province and related agencies are required to make adequate arrangements in case of an increase of tourists, including the management of the airport premises, quarantine areas, tools and equipment.
The Phuket provincial office, the Harbour Department and the relevant departments have requested the government to consider ways to promote water tourism like yachting and cruise ships in Phuket to stimulate the local economy.