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Tourism Ministry to Propose Opening 5 Southern Islands to Foreign Tourists

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The Ministry of Tourism and Sports will propose the opening of five islands to foreign tourists, emphasizing confidence in safety measures for both tourists and communities.

Wanthana Jaengprajak, deputy director-general of the Department of Tourism and Sports, disclosed today that the ministry will propose to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration the opening of Phuket, the Phi Phi islands, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.

All are areas that could be easily regulated in terms of care, quarantine and monitoring of tourists to ensure the safety of both the community and the tourists themselves, she said.

Government agency heads met with private organizations from Phuket, Krabi and Surat Thani provinces to ready the areas by determining entry requirements and to assess the level of approval of people in the communities.

The private sector quite clearly agreed on a common approach to safety and a “new normal” tourism style which still adhere to the public health principles of wearing face masks and social distancing.