Thailand plans to launch ‘island hopping’ program for tourists

Published on : Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Thailand has reportedly started to plan the launch of an ‘island hopping’ tourism program, in a move to boost tourism in the country. As per the program, it will be allowing quarantine-free foreign travellers arriving in the resort island of Phuket to ‘hop’ to other seaside destinations.

Fully-vaccinated international visitors will reportedly be allowed to visit other seaside destinations, including Phang Nga, Krabi, or Koh Samui after staying in Phuket for seven days. Reports suggest that the tourist can even head to other parts of Thailand after spending seven days at the second destination.

As per the country’s current Phuket Sandbox reopening program, which came into effect on July 1, foreign visitors who are fully-vaccinated, will be allowed to enter the island without quarantine, but will have to stay in Phuket for at least 14 nights before heading anywhere else in the country.

According to Thanakorn Wangboonkhongchana, spokesman of the Centre for Economic Situation Administration, the new adjustment might likely come into effect from August 1. Reportedly, this announcement comes as Thailand continues to report record numbers of COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row.

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