Thailand opens more tourism sandboxes in southern region

Monday, 2022-01-10 11:10:35
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NDO/VNA - Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved a new round of relaxed entry measures for international arrivals to Thailand, opening three more Sandbox destinations of Krabi, Phang-Nga, and Surat Thani from January 11, in addition to Phuket.

Accordingly, international travellers will be able to travel to Thailand under the Sandbox programme, and can choose to undergo their mandatory 7-day stay in either Krabi, Phang-Na, Phuket, or Surat Thani (only Ko Samui, Ko Phangan, and Ko Tao islands).

However, all travellers must make sure that they arrange everything in order before applying for the Sandbox Thailand Pass. This can include, but not limited to, a vaccination certificate, a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test result, prepaid 7-night’s accommodation in an approved hotel, prepaid RT-PCR tests for when in Thailand, and an insurance policy with coverage no less than 50,000 USD.

Travellers must stay at least the first 7 nights within a Sandbox destination if planning to continue the journey to other destinations in Thailand. If staying less than 7 nights, the traveller must leave Thailand to another country immediately.

The CCSA also approved the measure to maintain temporary suspension of the Thailand Pass system for new registrations under the Exemption from Quarantine (Test & Go). The Test & Go programme began on November 1, 2021, and has been suspended from December 22, due to a surge in the number of new COVID-19 cases and the appearance of variant Omicron.

Thailand announced on January 9 that the country had recorded an addition 8,511 new cases and 12 deaths over the past 24 hours, raising the national tallies to 2,269,550 and 21,825, respectively.