Tourism operators on the resort islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao in Surat Thani have proposed the “Samui sealed route”, a plan to restart worldwide tourism from July 1 in parallel with the pilot “Phuket Sandbox” programme, in keeping with Tourism and Sports activities Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.
Mr Phiphat yesterday mentioned the proposal was submitted to him throughout a gathering on Thursday because the operators reiterated their readiness to open the doorways to worldwide vacationers.
The Phuket Sandbox programme, which is scheduled to kick off subsequent month, is supposed for absolutely vaccinated vacationers from international locations with low and medium dangers of Covid-19 transmission. Underneath the programme, vacationers are allowed to go to Phuket with out quarantine necessities. Nonetheless, they have to keep on Phuket for not less than 14 days earlier than being allowed to journey past the vacationer island.
If accepted, the “Samui sealed route” would enable international vacationers to go to Koh Samui after staying on Phuket for seven days, Mr Phiphat mentioned, including that he has agreed to ahead the proposal to the Centre for Covid-19 Scenario Administration (CCSA) and the cupboard for consideration.
Nonetheless, he mentioned the proposal is unlikely to be accepted forward of the July 1 reopening of Phuket. Mr Phiphat mentioned the “Samui sealed route” plan may very well be applied a month later, on Aug 1.
He mentioned that in keeping with the proposal, vacationers can be allowed to take a flight to Koh Samui after spending not less than seven days on Phuket. After spending seven days on Koh Samui and testing damaging for Covid-19, the vacationers can be allowed to journey anyplace within the nation, Mr Phiphat mentioned.
He mentioned the tourism sector might want to put together and make sure that tourism companies move the security and well being administration (SHA) requirements.
Mr Phiphat mentioned he has additionally agreed to look right into a name by enterprise associations to allocate Covid-19 vaccine doses for tourism operators and residents forward of the reopening programme.
He mentioned that enterprise operators in 9 different provinces which were given the inexperienced mild to reopen tourism on Oct 1, together with Phangnga, Krabi, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chon Buri, should put together to safe regulatory approval.