Koh Larn Confirms Reopening Imminent on Social Media

Tourist island Koh Larn announced via social media that it planned to reopen to the public from Tuesday, August 31st onwards.

Through a post published on Saturday, it was reported that three ferries would run to the tourist destination per day: one at 7am, one at midday, and the last one at 5:30pm.

The Covid-19 restrictions imposed in Chonburi extend to the island, including the ban in place on people joining in mass gatherings.

Koh Larn is also subject to a nighttime curfew that runs from 9pm through to 4am.

To date, Chonburi governor Phakkhrathon Thianchai has not so far announced a rule change allowing beaches in the province to reopen.

Before its recent total closure due to a surge in Covid-19 cases, Koh Larn joined other Thai provinces in testing the “vaccinated visitors only” policy, allowing tourists to visit the travel destination if they had received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Currently, the island’s authorities have vaccinated 70% of its population. However, in the new rules released, there is no mention of the vaccination requirement for arrivals.

The only indispensable requirement for visitors is that they must be in possession of an identification document, which could be a passport or a Thai identification card.

Koh Larn is popular with tourists, and the visitor numbers to the island range from 3,000 a day in low season to as many as 20,000 a day in previous high seasons.

It is situated 8 kilometers off Pattaya, and is noted among residents of Thailand and holidaymakers for its stunning landscapes and beaches.