Thailand to open five islands in the south to foreign tourists to restore tourism, economy

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Ministry of Tourism will propose the opening of five islands including Phuket island in Phuket, Phi Phi island in Krabi and Samui, Pha Ngan and Tao islands in Surat Thanito foreign tourists.

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand will propose the opening of five islands to foreign tourists, emphasizing confidence in safety measures for both tourists and communities.


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Ms Wanthana Jaengprajak, Deputy Director General of the Department of Tourism and Sports, disclosed that the Ministry of Tourism and Sports will propose to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) the opening of five islands including Phuket island in Phuket, Phi Phi island in Krabi and Samui, Pha Ngan and Tao islands in Surat Thani because such areas could be easily regulated in terms of care, quarantine and monitoring of tourists in different areas to ensure the safety of both the community and the tourists themselves.

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A meeting of heads of government agencies and private organizations of all the three provinces was held, to ready the areas by determining entry requirements and to assess the level of approval of people in the communities. The private sector quite clearly agreed on a common approach to safety and a new normal tourism style which still adhere to the public health principles of wearing face masks and social distancing. (NNT)