Koh Samui Working Towards July Tourism Reopening

Koh Samui from the air

The paradise island of Koh Samui is pressing ahead with its plans to be ready to reopen to foreign tourists, without the need to quarantine, from July.

The “Samui Sealed Route” would see vaccinated tourists travelling to selected beach resorts and areas under a modified quarantine process.

The plan is reliant on the Covid-19 vaccine rollout on the island which has been progressing well. Around 25,000 people, 30% of the population, have so far received both vaccine doses.

The vaccine rollout however is under threat as vaccine supplies become scarcer as supplies are prioritised to areas struggling under the current virus outbreak as restrictions increase.

“We firmly believe that the vaccination process will be completed by June which will be in time for the reopening plan.”

Ratchaporn Poolsawadee, President Tourism Association of Koh Samui

A further 160,000 doses for 80,000 people are still required. The island has the capability to inoculate up to 25,000 per week once the doses arrive.

Samui Sealed Route

Travellers will be escorted from Samui Airport to their approved hotel and would need to remain in their room on the first day before being tested for Covid-19 on day two. They will then be allowed to leave their room but not the hotel.

If the results are negative will be allowed to undertake approved activities on “sealed routes” from days 3 to 7. These would include cruises, sunset trips and outdoor spa treatments in areas isolated from locals and other tourists.

From the 8th day they will be able to travel freely around Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. On day 15 they would take another test and, if negative, will be allowed to travel to other Thai provinces.

The plans are not thought to have received full approval yet.

Source: Bangkok Post

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