Picture Koh Samui, Thailand credit Darren Lawrence on Unsplash
Following rumours last week Thailand has now confirmed that quarantine for arrivals will be cut from 14 to 10 days.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) confirmed yesterday that the cut will apply from 1st April. However arrivals from countries where mutations are present will still need to complete a full 14 day quarantine.
The quarantine will also be relaxed and hey will no longer be confined to their room.
They will now be able to leave their rooms during specified hours and for speficic purposes such as using swimming pool or fitness centre, exercising outdoors or to buy food and provisions. They must remain within the quarantine facilities however.
During the 10 day quarantine period people will be tested for Covid-19 twice, between day 3 to 5 and then on day 9 or 10.
Entry requirements will also be simplified with Fit-to-Fly documents no longer required. From 1st April just a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival will be needed.
Vaccination Rollout In Tourist Areas
The Thai Public Health Ministry is increasing the rate of vaccinations in Koh Samui and Phuket to ensure that the areas are ready for the planned return of mass tourism from July.
The Public Health Minister has said that requests for 900,000 vaccine doses for the private sector in Phuket are likely to be approved now that the government has secured delivery of additional doses.
Koh Samui has also made requests for additional doses for the tourism sector.
Samui Plans For Reopening
Koh Samui is hoping to be the first area in the country to reopen to foreign arrivals from 1st July, a move agreed in principle under a scheme called the “Samui Sealed Route Model”.
The Tourism Association of Koh Samui have confirmed to the Bangkok Post that a Bangkok Airways flight is planned to arrive from Singapore with the first batch of tourists.
On arrival tourists will taken from the airport to approved hotels within a closed network. They will be tested for Covid-19 on the second or third day and will be required to remain in their hotel room until the test results come back clear.
As long as the test is negative tourists will be able to travel freely in designated areas on Koh Samui.
A further test will be taken on day 7 and, if that is also clear, they will be free to travel throughout Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Once 14 days have been completed they will be able to travel throughout Thailand.
Source: Bangkok Post
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