Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao reopened with the launch of the Samui Plus program



These 3 beautiful islands in the province of Surat Thani once again welcome international tourists.

Samui, Thailand – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced the launch of the Samui Plus program, under which Koh Samui, Ko Phangan, and Koh Tao can be visited by fully vaccinated international tourists without any quarantine requirement.

the Samui Plus Program is for a trip between July and December 2021, to these three islands located in the province of Surat Thani. General information on the Samui Plus program; such as entry requirements, arrival procedures, safety and hygiene measures and FAQs can be found here.

HE Mr. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Minister of Tourism and Sports, said “The reopening of Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao to tourism is another important step towards realizing the policy recently announced by the Prime Minister of Thailand of reopening the whole country within 120 days, or by end of October. Phuket is already open as a pilot destination, with other destinations to follow in sequence with carefully planned disease control and public health measures, travel procedures and good tourism marketing all addressed. “

Tourists visiting the Samui Plus program can choose to stay at “Samui Extra Plus” and “SHA Plus” hotels for the first 7 nights and the remaining 7 nights, respectively. Both labels are officially approved in terms of hygiene and safety. Samui Extra Plus hotels are formerly ALQ hotels (now called AQ hotels) and have been specially assigned to the Samui Plus program. SHA Plus certified hotels mean that they are meeting the necessary measures to control COVID-19, and also that 70% of their workforce has been fully immunized.

Mr. Vijvut Tjinto, governor of Surat Thani province, said “Surat Thani tourism industry and provincial authorities are committed to ensuring that visitors to Samui Plus have a memorable vacation. This can be seen in the dedicated efforts of all parties involved until the destination reopens; such as the implementation of preventive measures against COVID-19 and the vaccination program for the local population of Samui. “

Dr. Manu Sukolsakul, a public health doctor from Surat Thani province, said “When it comes to public health measures, everything from the quarantine system, to testing and isolating any positive cases, to accessibility of hospitals and medical staff, is ready.”

Samui Plus tourists visiting Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao can rest assured that their health and well-being is considered of the utmost importance during their stay in Thailand.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, the governor of the TAT, said “With the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus programs now in place, the legendary tourist attraction that has made Thailand such a popular destination for travelers around the world can once again be enjoyed. The beautiful islands of Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao are some of the best beach resorts in Asia, and it’s fantastic to see these welcoming tourists again. ”

For the launch of the Samui Plus program, there were nine international arrivals yesterday from Hong Kong, France, Germany, Singapore and the UK. All are members of the media at the invitation of TAT, as part of the Samui Plus program outreach plan through the first-hand experience of members of the media, celebrities and influencers around the world.

TAT expects some 1,000 foreign tourists to arrive under the Samui Plus program in the first month, July 15 to August 15.

Mr. Ratchaporn Poolsawadee, president of the Ko Samui Tourism Association, said “On behalf of the people of Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao, we are ready to welcome back Thai and international tourists to these three beautiful islands. Please come and enjoy your quality time among all these wonderful landscapes, experience exciting activities, enjoy many tasty dishes, as well as our warm hospitality. We hope that the Samui Plus model will once again bring vitality and lively atmosphere to Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao.

Phuket and Surat Thani, Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao are the first Thai destinations to reopen tourism.

The next destinations to reopen – the September 1, 2021, – will be Krabi (Ko Phi Phi, Ko Ngai and Railay beach), Phang Nga (Khao Lak and Ko Yao), Chiang Mai (Mueang District and Mae Rim, Mae Taeng and Doi Tao Districts), Chonburi (Pattaya, Bang Lamung and Sattahip), and Buri ram (District of Mueang and Chang Arena).

The date scheduled for the reopening of Bangkok, Phetchaburi (Cha-am) and Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin) is October 1, 2021, with the rest of Thailand to reopen throughout October.


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