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“Samui Wonder Island” safe and sealed travel scheme to launch in July

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Under the new safe and sealed foreign travel campaign “Samui Wonder Island,” foreign visitors will be able to visit Koh Samui under disease control measures starting in July.

Travellers will undergo a rapid Covid-19 swab test on their second or third day at the alternative state quarantine hotel or resort. The results will come back within 3 hours. If the results are negative, the tourists will be allowed to travel to certain areas of the island.

The areas under the sealed route model will be authorised by Koh Samui’s Department of Disease Control. Visitors will likely need to travel with a guide.

Travellers will be tested again on the seventh day of their stay before they can change accommodations and travel throughout Koh Samui and to the nearby islands Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao without a guide.

Visitors will be tested again on day 14 of their stay. If they are still negative for Covid-19, they will be able to travel throughout Thailand as normal.

Travellers under the safe and seal model will still need to meet all the requirements before entering Thailand, such as providing proof of a negative Covid-19 test result issued within 72 hours before departure.

Once in Koh Samui, travellers will need to scan the QR code for the Samui Health Pass to record their travel history. Pattaya News says the travellers will be tracked at all times while they are on the island.

Samui Wonder Island was recently approved by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Director of the Tourism Association of Koh Samui, Ratchakorn Poonsawad, says he expects to welcome the first visitors as early as July 1.

SOURCE: Pattaya News


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    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Not much of a difference. Still a costly 7 day quarantine. Perhaps good for Chinese tour groups if they are allowed to travel and willing to spend the extra money.

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    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Tested on the 3rd day. Tested on the 7th day. Tested on the 14th day. 7 day asq quarantine. 7 days of being stalked by a ‘guide’. Tracked at all times while on island. Where do I sign up? pssh, this is more of the same bs. I miss Thailand as everyone else but I don’t see many signing up for this.

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    So “quarantined” for three days in an ALSQ, tested on days 2 and 3, then allowed to go to certain areas on the island “with a guide” but still under ALSQ at the designated hotel for four more days when tested again on day 7.

    After day 7, assuming all tests are negative, allowed to change hotels and travel on Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao “without a guide”, then tested again on day 14 then allowed to travel throughout Thailand if all tests are negative.

    If tests are positive, it’s probably a bit late.

    All tests are a “rapid swab test” with results in three hours – none of which, AFAIK, have yet been approved for use testing arrivals anywhere, although used for a time in Japan and used by some countries for testing departures, with accuracy which according to UK Porton Down “dropped to 88% sensitivity at Ct levels of 25–28, and to 76% for Ct levels of 28–31 (see ‘Rapid tests spot high viral loads’).”

    What could possibly go wrong?

    … and who wouldn’t want to spend the first week of their beach holiday with a permanent “guide”?

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    Roger Bruce

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Dream on Thailand not until you spend money to vaccinate all your population

    What you have on order many countries vaccinate in one day

    Lands of smiles hahaha Land of Gov dreamers

    Good Luck Thailand

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    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    I believe that as long as the Thais persist with the quarantine at the ASQ hotels or with attempts to control people, few tourists will arrive, perhaps because the rulers are dictators they cannot understand the concept of freedom inherent in the concept of tourism. If I have to be under military control I prefer to look elsewhere

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    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    It’s still a 14 quarantine, no amount of lipstick is going to change it from a pig. I thought Thailand didn’t approve the rapid test? Regardless I’ll wait till the quarantine is dropped or just go somewhere else.

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    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    I thought the quarantine was being reduced to 10 days as of April 1, so why are they saying “after 14 days” in July?

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    Edward the Confessor

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Either open up, or stay closed.

    We miss Samui every day.

    But I’m not spending thousands of pounds to be cooped up, even for a day.

    I’m so sorry Thailand, we are moving on from this pandemic in the west and if you want us to visit, you will need to do the same.

    We will respect your decision to remain cautious. And will see you in 2022. With heavy hearts.

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    toby andrews

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    They really think ferangs are gagging to visit Thailand and they can impose these rules.
    Sorry Thais, you do not have the only beaches in the world, and tourist numbers were declining before the pandemic.
    Starve you stupid peasants. You had it good but you killed the golden goose.
    You will soon be all planting rice and talking about the good old days when foreign tourists arrived and you all became fat with top of the range Smart phones.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 12:06 am

    ” I thought Thailand didn’t approve the rapid test?”

    They didn’t, Ed V, but who cares? ?

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    Mr cynic

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 2:24 am

    the thai powers to be have become increasingly delusional as the crisis has progressed.they seem to think it’s still the glory days of the 80s and 90s when they had little or no competition from neighbouring countries.the arrivals increased year on year and they did not care if they p*ssed a few folks of as the next dc10 would soon arrive with more lambs to the slaughter.nobody but the keenest of visitor would even contemplate putting them selves through all this crap for the sake of a holiday unless they are insane.
    mass tourism in thailand is finished.

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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 4:09 am

    IJ – last sentence – depends on the guide or guides and what is in their job descriptions! 🙂

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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 6:26 am

    I read this entire article and then even did a word search for the word “vaccination”.
    It does not even appear once.
    If by October I can get on a plane, fly to Bangkok, not Samui, present a vaccination record and negative PCR test then great.
    I will be more than willing to take another PCR test on arrival, and then be glad to spend 24-hrs in a quarantine hotel and even pay for one of the 5-star ones….for 24 hours for the PCR results to come back.
    I would spend most of the first day sleeping after my usual all-night flight anyway and trying my best to empty the business class bar of all of their Jack Daniels.
    But once the PCR test comes back negative…I want to be every bit as free to go ANYWHERE in the whole country as I wish, just like I have for more trips there than I can even begin to count since Sept of 2006.
    Travel with a ‘guide’? Are you friggin kidding me?
    Only after 14-days, multiple PCR’s and confined to an Island I don’t even want to go to can I have all the freedom I have always had before?
    I only have 14 days, 15 total for the whole trip!
    If this is the best they can do then I will have the fiancé from Bangkok meet me in Sri Lanka or Maldives.
    She may have to do the 14-day quarantine when she goes back but it’s easier for her than me.
    But I guess Maldives gets my $$ then.

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    Johnnie Dee

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 6:37 am

    Same gush different day boring boring from the high and mighty who comes up with these ridiculous ideas?? Vaccine passports have to be the way forward or else it’s circles again I’m afraid

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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 7:07 am

    The island is dead, what are these tourists coming for?

    It’s not going to happen, not enough to pay back the endless debt of the nation.

    Get ready for the shit storm, buy CCTV and a weapon.

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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 7:16 am

    More nonsense being spouted by tourist board officials and lapped up by the media, another similar report quotes planned arrivals from Singapore, which currently has its own quarantine. We should just ignore it.

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    David Jackson

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 8:54 am

    Everyone is going to the Maldives or Turkey so forget it. As usual we see a typical Thai overregulated system leading to a non-workable outcome.
    Scrap quarantine and you will begin to open.

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    dave allgaier

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 9:22 am

    I’ve given up on Thailand. Going to Vietnam.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    “If this is the best they can do then I will have the fiancé from Bangkok meet me in Sri Lanka or Maldives.
    She may have to do the 14-day quarantine when she goes back but it’s easier for her than me.
    But I guess Maldives gets my $$ then.”

    You’d be in for a nasty shock then, Reb ?

    If you don’t want to be “confined to an an island” then you need to look at the ACTUAL restrictions in the Maldives, which are more draconian than those proposed for Samui as you’re confined to your resort throughout your stay, and you’re NOT “allowed to have all the freedom [you] have always had before”.

    … which is why, contrary go the rubbish frequently written here, “everyone” is NOT “going to the Maldives” since despite the supposed lack of competition they only have a small fraction of the numbers they had before.

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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Unrealistic typical military handling ways, far from basic pragmacy, only few tourists may come, or surely a bit more returnees having bought villas here.. That is all and as usual lot of investments for very poor results…

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    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Just came back from Samui yesterday after a quick visit since i live on Koh Phangan. That place is deserted, dead, signs all over the place with for rent etc. The beaches are dead empty, Chaweng main road, once full of life 24/7 is like driving through a ghost town, almost everything there is closed up for good. It’s pretty much the same all over the island. The rulers in BKK must live in a fantasy world.

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    Mark Jones

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Thailand is going to be the big loser along with other tourist destinations,who go along with this what boils down to medical Apartheid.

    • Thaiger


      Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 9:01 am

      It’s the opposite of medical apartheid. The vaccination will be available for everyone.

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    Per Lundquist

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 8:33 am

    So basically nothing changes.
    You are escorted around the place and have to check in and out in assigned areas !!!!
    Hahaha ? That’s not a “Wonder island”,that’s ridiculous !
    That’s unaffordable,not viable and certainly not a holiday.Would l even visit my Thai friends there ? COULD I meet friends there ?
    This is complete nonsense.Thailand showing how incompetent they are again and again and again….

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    Glenn Smith

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    I am in quarantine at the moment and it’s been an eye-opener i assure you.
    Something these muppets dont get is most people have a maximum 4 weeks a year holidays.
    Its no holiday in quarantine no matter what luxury standard.

    I am in a resort doing quarantine, there is almost no one else here yet we are confined to our boundary, giving people restricted movement is no holiday and the people pushing this should wake u and sell the roses.

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