Vaccinated tourists can already book Koh Samui, the island is officially opens on the “sandbox” model on July 15, but now you can register to receive a Certificate of Entry (COE), writes July 13 Bangkok Post. True, unfortunately, Thailand has not yet accepted a certificate of vaccination with the Russian “Sputnik V”.
Despite the fact that many provinces in Thailand, including Phuket, are tightening the rules of entry for domestic tourists (for example, a PCR test for vaccinated people), Samui does not plan to do this yet, said President of the Ratchaporn Island Tourist Association Pulsavadi… At the same time, he noted that this policy may change – it all depends on how things will be with the spread of Covid-19. He also said that some points still need to be finalized, in particular, the cost of a seven-day alternative state quarantine (ALQ), which should cost 35 thousand baht ($ 1,067), including analyzes, has yet to be agreed.
I must say that due to the new wave of coronavirus and the tightening of restrictive measures, Thais themselves refuse to travel around the country. “We have to wait until the number of cases drops to 2,000 a day to see an improvement in travel sentiment,” he said. Kongsak Hupongsakorn South Branch President of the Thailand Hotels Association (THA)… Now the daily increase is almost 10 thousand. He believes that the rollout of vaccinations in the country should be accelerated in the next two months to control the virus and allow businesses to resume work.
Thus, in Phuket, they do not count on “their own”. “Domestic tourism will always be relegated to the background here, preference is given to the opening for international travelers, “- said Bill Barnett, managing director of C9 Hotelworks, a hospitality and real estate consultancy.
Since the opening of the “Phuket sandbox”, 4778 tourists have arrived on the island, hotels with the SHA Plus sign have been booked for 176 993 nights for July-September. The Thai government claims that the project is developing successfully, it is overshadowed only by fake news in social networks about the closure of the “sandbox”. Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister and Press Secretary of the Center for Economic Situation Management (CESA) Tanakorn Wangbunkongchan asked not to spread false information and not to sow panic. He recalled that the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has set a goal to receive up to 100 thousand tourists in three months and generate revenue of 8.9 billion baht ($ 272 million).
There were confirmed cases of Covid-19 among the travelers who arrived. According to the latest data, there are seven of them, however, according to officials, this was inevitable. “Infections found among those arriving at the Phuket Sandbox will not lead to the collapse of the program. In this situation, the likelihood of complete absence of infections is very small, “- explained head of the provincial health department Kusak Kukiaticun…
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