Koh Phayam in Ranong Province will be included in the “Andaman Sandbox” scheme, joning Phangnga and Krabi provinces in the expanded “Phuket Sandbox” program.
Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said Koh Phayam is appropriate as the island will require just a few thousand doses of Covid-19 vaccines.
However, it is still a matter of accelerating the process, as only a few hundred of 31,000 foreign tourists under the “Phuket Sandbox” scheme are travelling to Phangnga and Krabi after the completion of their seven-day mandatory stay on Phuket.
Jurin said that reopening of other provinces must be done jointly by the government and the related officials. The readiness and suitability of each area are the main factors, while the economy and the pandemic situations need to be well-taken care in a balanced way.