Thailand will start to allow foreign tourists to visit the island for longer stays from October with condition that they will have to stay for at least 30 days, with the first 14 days in quarantine in a limited vicinity of their hotel, before they can visit other areas.
The initiative will be kick-started on the 1st of October and all tourists are required to take two compulsory coronavirus tests during quarantine before they are able to travel to the rest of the island according to the statement by the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.
Visitors will then have to take an additional test and remain within the province for another week before they can travel to other parts of the country.
Thailand has gone nearly three months without a confirmed case of local COVID-19 transmission which has recorded over 3,300 cases as total.
The government’s coronavirus taskforce on Friday extended a state of emergency for another month until the end of September to control the outbreak.
The country expects to receive 8 million foreign tourists this year. By comparison, it had a record 39.8 million tourists in 2019.