The Samui+ program for vaccinated travelers should begin accepting Certificates of Entry applications this week, with Surat Thani scheduled to open 3 islands on July 15. Nevertheless, the first sandbox plan must maintain a clean slate, which means there must be no COVID-19 cases among incoming tourists for fourteen days before contemplating lowering required stays in Phuket to less than fourteen days.
Yuthasak Supasorn said that the approval procedure would not be as lengthy as it was with the Phuket program since the Royal Gazette already had issued authorization to other locations last week in accordance with reopening preparations. The program requires consent from CCSA’s subcommittee on Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) by this week for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to begin the certificate of entry registration procedure for the Samui+ program.
Mr. Yuthasak said that the estimated arrival of 1,000 tourists in the first 30 days would produce approximately 100 million baht for the economy. It is anticipated that Koh Samui will receive fewer visitors than Phuket due to the more stringent restrictions. Tourists are needed to enjoy their first 3 days on the island at one of the island’s 9 approved quarantine facilities, which total 254 rooms.
On days four to seven, tourists are permitted to leave their accommodation but must stay on Koh Samui under the supervision of tour companies. From days 8 to 14, they may choose for trips to Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. After a 2 week stay in specified areas, travelers who get a negative test result will be permitted to visit other provinces throughout the country. Tourists should undergo 3 RT-PCR tests: 1 upon arrival, 1 on days 6 or 7, and 1 before visiting other provinces throughout the country.
As of July 5, 100,732 rooms have been reserved in nearly 300 hotels throughout the island, and 1,755 travelers are cleared from the virus. He added that the Tourism Authority of Thailand would also submit to the CCSA as soon as possible the list of all pilot locations that are prepared for reopening. Following that, the CCSA will distribute enough vaccines to selected regions.
Bangkok Airways will start 3 daily flights between Bangkok and Samui on July 15, aligning with the introduction of the ‘Samui+’ program. Here’s the following flight schedule beginning July 15.
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