11 July 2024

Thailand’s eastern province of Trat plans to officially reopen to foreign and domestic travellers under its “Koh Chang Sandbox” scheme on November 11th.

Governor of Trat province Chamnanwit Taerat has ordered Koh Chang Island district to prepare for reopening under the scheme to revive the local tourism sector. It also plans to proceed with “Koh Kood Sandbox” in the near future.

Those travelling under this scheme must be fully inoculatedwith two doses of an approved vaccine or have a COVID-19 negative test result, either through RT-PCR or antigen tests,along with a medical certificate, or have fully recovered from a COVID-19 infection for at least 90 days.

Jaruwan Jintakanont, of the Tourism Industry Council of Trat province, who is also part of the Koh Chang “sandbox”committee, explained that the scheme will boost local tourism and increase the incomes of local communities. She also claimed that the locals agree with the reopening, but it must done with preventive measures in place.

Trat – only in the area of Koh Chang – is among the 17 provinces declared they can reopen to overseas arrivals from November 1st as part of Thailand’s next phase of reopening.