The Tourism and Sports Ministry of Thailand is planning to open up five Thai islands in August to welcome foreign tourists following previous restrictions due to COVID-19. The islands are Koh Samui, Phuket, Koh Phangan, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Tao. Properties on islands like Koh Samui are already open for domestic travellers; it’s hoped that the easing of restrictions will draw international visitors too, be it to stay at a Samui resort or Koh Phangan hotel.
Initially, it’s expected that a limited number of foreign tourists will be allowed to visit depending on the COVID-19 screening processes at each island. The government has also introduced a Safety and Health Administration (SHA) certificate for hospitality businesses which follow approved COVID-19 guidelines; additionally, the Ministry of Public Health and Department of Health issue certification for a “Lodging Facility with High Hygiene and Safety Standards”. Certain resorts in Thailand including the likes of Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort have achieved both certifications.