Qatar Airways to return to Phuket

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Qatar Airways will resume limited flights to Phuket after the coronavirus outbreak halted service to the resort island.

The Middle Eastern airline said it planned to begin a weekly flight between Doha and Phuket on Dec 4 and is seeking permission from Thai authorities to add more flights between the two destinations on Dec 10.

Qatar Airways already operates twice-daily flights between Bangkok and Doha to transport Thai returnees, foreigners with work permits and people authorised to visit Thailand.

They are required to show a fit-to-fly certificate before boarding the plane and to enter quarantine after arriving in the country.

The government has begun allowing tourists from low-risk countries to visit Thailand under the special tourism visa scheme, with Phuket one of the entry points besides Bangkok.