Samui and other Surat islands to get their own Sandboxes

The islands of Ko Samui, Ko Tao and Ko Pha-Ngan in Surat Thani will be reopened to vaccinated visitors on July 15, in an extension of project dubbed “Sandbox” approved by the cabinet on Tuesday.

The reopening of the three islands will follow the “Phuket Sandbox” which will be launched on July 1, said Anucha Burapachaisri, the government spokesman.

Vaccinated visitors coming from a country with a low to medium risk as per the Ministry of Public Health will be able to enter these islands without quarantine.  

For Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao, visitors must stay inside their accommodation premises for three days before then being allowed to move along designated routes between set areas, the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration said last week.

After seven days, they will be able to travel without quarantine between the three islands and Mu Ko Thale Tai on the mainland. But they cannot go further for 14 days from arrival.

After those two weeks are up, they will be allowed to travel to other provinces in Thailand.

Photo via the Tourism Authority of Thailand

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