Thai Agency Gives More Details About 7+7 Extension Plan

After the CCSA announced details about the 7+7 extension plan, the Phuket sandbox and other south-coast provinces should be buoyed.
It’s been approved in principle by the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) since July 22 but has to be officially approved by a CCSA subcommittee on Aug 5 and a committee under the Communicable Diseases Act on Aug 13.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said that from Aug 16, tourists can join this program, which will reduce the mandatory stay in Phuket from 14 days to just 7 days before traveling to other designated locations.
Participants must apply for a Certificate of Entry (COE) before departing for Thailand. The Foreign Ministry will open the registration system this week.
According to the 7+7 Phuket extension plan, the areas to include are Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao in Surat Thani; Khao Lak, Kho Yao Yai, and Koh Yao Noi in Phangnga; Koh Phi Phi, Railay Beach, and Koh Ngai in Krabi.
The province has recorded 394,877 room nights in 394 hotels with 35,480 guests since testing the country’s reopening program with Phuket Sandbox.
Yuthasak added on Monday that the CCSA also approved each sandbox area to receive tourists who are Sputnik V-vaccinated, clearing one obstacle for Russian tourists.
One of the weaknesses of the scheme is the mandatory stay, which forces tourists to roam the island for two weeks before traveling to other provinces.
The virus situation that prompted the lockdown has complicated the situation since public transport serving cross-provincial travels in the dark red zone is banned, including flights from Phuket to Samui. As such, the 7+7 extension plan, which mainly connects tourists via boat, is seen as an alternative for tourists who will be able to enjoy more travel choices.
Krabi Tourism Council President Charintip Tiyaphorn said that after the plan was officially approved, the booking trend is expected to improve from October as the high season begins.

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