Thailand’s Fame Island of Ko Samui also begins quarantine-free vacation for vaccinated tourists



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BANGKOK, July 10 (dpa): After Phuket, Thailand’s second largest island, Ko Samui, also plans to welcome tourists again for the first time from Monday, July 12.

The prerequisite for a vacation without quarantine is that guests should be fully vaccinated and follow strict rules.

Citizens of 67 countries around the world will be admitted from July 15, the Southeast Asian country’s tourism authority announced this week. They must also have stayed in their country of origin for the last 21 days before their departure.

In addition, tourists must present a negative PCR test and also be tested several times during their vacation. Proof of special health insurance is also mandatory. Special hotels are available which must be booked in advance.

During the first three days, visitors are not allowed to leave the hotel grounds; Only after that will they be able to explore the rest of the popular island in the Gulf of Thailand with special tours.

After a week, interested visitors are also allowed to travel to the neighboring islands of Ko Phangan and Ko Tao, and after 14 days they can travel to other parts of Thailand.

On July 1, the largest island of Phuket had already launched its model project, called Sandbox, which works in a similar way.

Initiatives to revive tourism are not without controversy, however, as in parts of Thailand infection numbers are very high and the Delta variant is spreading – especially in the capital Bangkok.

The holiday destination had received nearly 40 million visitors in 2019. Since the government closed the borders in March 2020, the important tourism industry has been on its knees.

Thailand has long been seen as a model country in the fight against the pandemic, but is currently experiencing its worst wave to date. – dpa

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