TAT readies new plan for gradually reopening Thailand to tourists
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) preparing a new plan for reopening Thailand, which it will propose to the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) on Friday.
Siripakorn Cheawsamoot, deputy governor for TAT’s marketing in Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Americas, detailed the proposal as follows:
Phang Nga: Foreign tourists can travel in the Khao Lak area without undergoing mandatory quarantine from August onwards.
Krabi: Foreigners can travel to Koh Phi Phi, Railay and Koh Ngai from July, but must isolate themselves on the day of arrival. On the second and third day, they will be allowed activities near the hotel and will be able to travel to specific routes once they have undergone the RT-PCR test for Covid-19 on the fourth and fifth day.
Similar measures will apply to Koh Lanta, Ao Nang and Thab Khaek, which will be opened to visitors from August onwards. Krabi will be fully open to tourists from October onwards.
Surat Thani: Foreigners can travel to Koh Samui, Koh Pha-ngan and Koh Tao from July onwards by taking the RT-PCR test and isolating themselves for the first day. On the second and third days, they will be allowed activities near the hotel and can travel to specific areas from the fourth day. After taking a second RT-PCR test, tourists can travel freely in Koh Samui, Koh Pha-ngan and Koh Tao from the eighth day.
Chiang Mai: Foreigners will be able to travel to Chiang Mai City, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng and Doi Tao districts from August, provided they go into self-isolation for seven days. After that, they will be allowed to travel to specific areas. Tourists will be allowed to travel freely in the province from October.
TAT will also submit a proposal for tourists to freely visit Chonburi (Pattaya, Bang Lamung and Sattahip districts), Bangkok, Phetchaburi (Cha-Am), Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin) and Buri Ram from October.
Siripakorn also said TAT will propose a standard operating procedure for the Phuket tourism sandbox. “This procedure will apply to foreigners who visit Phuket without undergoing self-isolation,” he said.