Fully vaccinated foreign tourists trapped in the Phuket “sandbox” for two weeks can now escape to a handful of southern islands after seven days.
The Center for Economic Situation Administration on Friday approval to proposal to allow the low-risk foreigners to get off Phuket to other islands that are reopening to overseas travelers after serving just a week of their confinement.
CESA spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said the governors of the provinces containing popular tourist spots, such as Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao in Surat Thani, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Ngai and Railay Bay in Krabi and Khao Lak, Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi in Phang Nga, are required to work with the private sector and civil service to seek cooperation from people living in those areas.
He said the Tourism Authority of Thailand is expected to propose additional tourism locations to be reopened later to international tourists.
Dozens of sandbox tourists, have already made their way to Koh Samui, but had to endure two full weeks in Phuket before doing so.
The TAT reported on July 22 that the Phuket “sandbox” recorded 9,358 foreign visitors July 1-21 withile hotel reservations between July and September are 244,703 room nights, generating 534 million baht in tourism revenue.