Koh Samui Wants To Welcome Back Foreign Tourists

Koh Samui is has joined Phuket and Chiang Mai in seeking approval to reopen to foreign tourists.

The “Samui Sealed Route” has been in the planning process since March when the first discussions were publicised followed by more details later than month and the first draft plan at the end of April that gave more details.

The “sealed route” would see fully vaccinated travellers staying at selected beach resorts and areas under a modified quarantine process.

The island has been working towards a July opening if the vaccination process can be completed and government approval received.

Initial plans required travellers to remain in their room on the first day before being tested for Covid-19 on day two. They would then be allowed to leave their room but not the hotel. If the results are negative they 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.

Discussions took place yesterday between representatives from Koh Samui and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor Yuthasak Supasorn and Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn. Plans would need to be submitted and approved by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) before being presented to the cabinet for final approval.

All plans would rely on at least 70% of the population of Koh Samui being inoculated against Covid-19.

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