The first information for the Samui Plus scheme, that takes in Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, have been published. The Surat Thani islands are scheduled to reopen to vaccinated tourists, without the need for a mandatory quarantine, from 15th July 2021.
Main picture a Koh Samui beach sunset credit Stefan Kunze on Unsplash
Many of the details are similar to the Phuket Sandbox, although there are still some being finalised, for example the hotel booking system.
All travellers hoping to visit the Thai islands must ensure that they:
- Have a passport with at least 6 months validity;
- Have been in a Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approved country for 21 days or more;
- Are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) or the World Health Organisation (WHO);
- Have booked and purchased return air travel;
- Have booked and paid for accommodation, and required RT-PCR test/s at an ALQ or SHA Plus hotel;
- Have purchased medical insurance with COVID-19 treatment coverage of at least US$100,000;
- Have tested negative for COVID-19 no longer than 72 hours before travel.
On the day of arrival all travellers must take a Covid-19 test and remain in their hotel room until a negative result is received. Once they have passed that stage they can then:
- Day 1-3: Can leave the hotel room for designated areas in the hotel
- Day 4-7: Can travel within designated routes and on tour programmes on Koh Samui
- Day 8-14: Can travel within Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao
- Day 15: If the last test on Day 12-13 is negative, can go anywhere in Thailand.
Full details, which will be updated when further information is published, is available on our dedicated page.
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