Starting October 15, officials will relax entry restrictions on Koh Samui, according to governor Witchawut Jinto.
Individuals who are not fully inoculated require a negative COVID-19 test result obtained not more than 7 days before arrival. An antigen test kit will be used to conduct the test. Test results are not required for individuals who are fully inoculated.
Upon arrival, both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are required to register online to receive a Samui health pass and a QR Code from the Mor Chana app that can be scanned to gain access to tourist sites and services. The governor indicated that he was going to issue a provincial order implementing the eased entry restrictions.
Mr. Witchawut said that relaxed entry requirements would complement the tourist stimulus initiative “Rao Tiew Duay Kan” (We Travel Together). Under the program, participants pay 60% of the regular room rate, with the remainder of the costs will be covered by the government.
The stimulus was limited to THB 3,000/night for up to 5 straight nights on stage 1 and increased to ten nights for the second stage. Additionally, tourists will receive an electronic voucher for other expenditures valued at THB 600 on Fridays and Sundays and THB 900 from Monday to Thursday under the program.
Mr. Witchawut stated that since the start of the Samui Plus sandbox program until October 9, Samui received 1,125 foreign tourists. The guests stayed for a total of 13,059 nights.
Samui has also received an additional 1,293 foreign visitors via the Phuket sandbox program. These tourists entered the country through the Phuket sandbox scheme and then made their way to Samui.
Koh Samui continues to be a favorite vacation destination for Americans and Europeans.