Samui to follow Phuket reopening
Hot on the heels of Phuket’s reopening should be that of Koh Samui. All that is needed is the green light from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) for registrations to begin. The procedure for fully vaccinated holiday makers will be pretty much the same as those for the Phuket model:
On Arrival Take a PCR test at the airport quarantine in your room at a prebooked Alternative Local Quarantine (ALQ) hotel to await the results.
Days 1-3 If the test result is negative travellers may then enjoy the rest of the hotel.
Days 4-7 You will be free to move around on sealed routes until you take your second PCR test on the seventh day.
Days 8-14 Assuming that the second test is negative travellers will be free to travel anywhere on Koh Samui, Koh Phangan or Koh Tao. You can only stay at Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus Certified hotels.
If your final test after 14 days is negative you are then free to travel to travel to other provinces within the country.
Of course whether you are allowed to travel at all and whether you will be eligible for either the Phuket or Samui models will depend on the country you are coming from. This can change at any time so people wishing to travel will need to check with their nearest Thai Embassy for the full requirements.
The Phuket programme does not permit passengers to transit in Bangkok, this looks like it will be different for the Samui model. Bangkok Airways is preparing to launch a sealed Bangkok-Samui route. Passengers will disembark from their international flights at Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) and continue to Samui on the special flights.
These will be as follows: Bangkok – Samui PG5125 departing at 1005, PG5151 departing at 1435 and PG5171 departing 1710. Samui – Bangkok PG5126 departing at 1215, PG5152 departing at 1645 and PG5172 departing at 1920. Flight time is approximately 90 minutes.
Of course nothing is certain in this day and age, a new outbreak tomorrow could change everything. But I am keeping my fingers crossed.
Photo: Lipa Noi Beach, Koh Samui by Manfred Werner licensed under Wikimedia Creative Commons