Bali and Phuket’s race to reopen to tourists – will it be a case of tortoise beats hare?


Asia’s two most popular resort islands, Phuket in Thailand and Indonesia’s Bali, have been in a race to see which would reopen to international tourists first.Phuket, which on July 1 launched its much anticipated “sandbox” scheme, has won that particular race. The scheme uses vaccines, testing and tracing apps to welcome back travellers from low-risk countries – such as China and the United States – without a need for hotel quarantine.“This is the perfect place to just relax and clean our minds…

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