We cannot keep calm as we may just be able to go on that delayed summer break after all. Thailand announced that it is planning to reopen five of its islands to international tourists from August onwards. Here is everything you need to know. By Amitha Ameen

Thailand is easing its lockdown restrictions after a decrease in the Coronavirus cases in the country. Domestic travel is all set to gain pace this month, and Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Ministry hopes to reopen to international tourists too, depending on how well domestic tourism fares in its chosen islands.

Thailand will soon reopen five islands in the regions of Krabi, Phuket and Surat Thani in August, while maintaining a cap on the number of tourists who will be allowed, depending on the capability to screen visitors in each place. Talks for the same are underway in the country’s Public Health Ministry (as reported by the Times of India).

The country is one among the 15 that have been branded as ‘safe travel destination’ by the European Union, owing to its successful precautionary measures and low infection rates. Further, Thailand has already started international air travel from July 1 onwards.

According to local news reports, the country’s restaurants, bars, and hotels are open and allowed to operate until midnight. Whereas other establishments like shopping malls and spa centres will be able to operate until 10:00 pm.

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