Samui Plus at full speed



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SAMUI, July 16, 2021: The Tourism Authority of Thailand launched the Samui Plus program on Thursday evening, opening the door for fully vaccinated international visitors to explore the three islands of Samui, Pha-ngan and Tao.

The welcome mat is rolling out for both vaccinated international travelers and domestic tourists without any quarantine requirements, but some rules are stricter than the Phuket Sandbox which opened on July 1.

Two Bangkok Airways flights landed on Thursday, carrying nine foreign media and 60 local media out of Bangkok. There are no direct international flights to Samui, although Bangkok Airways has asked Singapore for permission to restore direct services as soon as possible. There is even speculation that Singapore Airlines could launch its own direct service to Samui as early as October.

The Samui Plus program is intended for travel between July and December 2021 and offers travelers the opportunity to visit three islands located in Surat Thani province. Initially, travelers must stay at the hotel for the first three days (not confined to the room), and then they can explore Samui on the fourth through seventh day. After the first week, they have the option of visiting the other two islands on day trips for the remaining seven days using authorized travel services. Based on the negative results of the RT-PCR test during their 14-night stay, they are then free to travel elsewhere in Thailand.

General information about the Samui Plus program and FAQs are available at https://www.tatnews.org/2021/07/samui-plus-faqs/

At the official launch of the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said: “The reopening of Samui, Pha-ngan and Tao to tourism is another important step towards the realization of the policy recently announced by the Prime Minister of reopening the whole country within 120 days, or by the end of October.

“Phuket is already open as a pilot destination, and other destinations will follow in sequence with carefully planned disease control and public health measures, travel procedures and good tourism marketing, all being addressed. “

While Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus are aimed at international tourists, the minister hinted that domestic tourists, in the long run, may have to comply with stricter rules and rapid test requirements similar to the measures for international visitors. .

Upcoming destinations slated to reopen on September 1, 2021 include Krabi (Ko Phi Phi, Ko Ngai and Railay Beach), Phang Nga (Khao Lak and Ko Yao), Chiang Mai (Mueang and Mae Rim District, Mae Taeng and Doi Tao Districts ), Chon Buri (Pattaya, Bang Lamung and Sattahip) and Buri Ram (Mueang District and Chang Arena).

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

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