Tourism bosses on Koh Samui are continuing to work towards an early reopening of the island, and it’s near neighbours, to vaccinated travllers.
Main picture Koh Samui sunset credit Nikolass Elena on Unsplash
The “Samui Sealed Route” has been in the planning process since March when the first discussions were publicised followed by more details later that month and the first draft plan at the end of April that gave more details.
Now plans have been submitted that would allow an earlier welcome to foreign visitors in conjunction with the Phuket Sandbox.
The plan would see visitors initially travelling to Phuket where they would need to stay for at least 7 days. They would then be able to travel to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao where they would complete the final 7 days of the “island quarantine”. They would then, as long as they test negative for Covid-19, be able to travel elsewhere in Thailand.
The plan would need to get approval from the Thai government and would require the vaccination programme to reach at least 70% of the population of the islands.
There would also need to be more businesses signed up the the Safety and Health Administration (SHA) standard and hotels with SHA Plus accreditation.
Security measures similar to the ones being prepared for the Phuket Sandbox would also need to be in place.
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