Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Ministry is scheduling to reopen five islands to foreign visitors by August. The five islands that have been zeroed in on to welcome tourists are Phuket, Koh Tao, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Samui, and Koh Phangan.
As a nation is set to enter the fifth phase of easing lockdown, national tourism will likely gain pace this month. And supposedly, more destinations will be reviving soon for international visitors, based on how these five islands in Surat Thani, Krabi, and Phuket fare with domestic travellers this month.
An official in the know-how said that the criteria to permit foreign visitors enter the country and travel to said destinations is presently under discussion with the Public Health Ministry. He added that to start with, the number of tourists will be restricted depending on each area’s capability to effectively screen visitors for COVID-19.
Thailand, happening international flights from July 1, although not for leisure travel. It is also amongst the 15 countries that the European Union has informed to be a safe travel destination for its precautionary measures correlated to COVID-19 spread and low infection rate.
Apparently, restaurants and hotels are now open, and bars and alcoholic sales are being permitted only till midnight. Further, exhibition centers, shopping malls, stores, massage, and sauna establishments are also permitted to open, but can operate only till 10 PM.
Apparently, Japan has been encountering a handful of COVID-19 cases, and foreign travel is permitted only for trained workers, business travellers, visitors for medical treatment, except COVID-19 treatment, and relatives of Thai residents.
To deal with the situation, the Thai Government has announced a new Safety and Health Administration (SHA) certificate, which recognizes tourism businesses, counting spas, hotels, and eateries that follow the COVID-19 guidelines of the government. As per previous estimates, it was predictable that nearly 40 million foreign tourists would likely visit Thailand this year, though, the number has now been capped at 8 million.