After more than three months of lockdown, Koh Samet is reopening to the world July 1.
The small Island in Rayong province, around 200 kilometers southeast of Bangkok, shut down April 7, supposedly for three weeks. The ban lasted a week shy of three months.
Technically part of Khao Laem Ya-Koh Samet National Park, the island could not reopen with other beaches, as it fell under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s parks-opening policies.
The parks service and local volunteers are now cleaning and readying facilities to welcome tourists back. The island’s ports also are gearing up to handle crowds under tight health restrictions.
Under the lockdown, people are only allowed to visit the island if they have a health certificate from a public hospital issued within the previous 72 hours confirming that they are not infected with the virus. Those working in transport in essential sectors – such as energy, finance, consumer products, postal services and public health – are allowed to enter the island, however.