BANGKOK, January 10, 2022: The Thai COVID-19 Situation Administration Center (CCSA) has approved a new round of entry measures for international arrivals in Thailand, reopening three other Sandbox destinations: Krabi, Phang-Nga and Surat Thani (only Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao) from January 11, 2022.
It gives the country four Sandbox destinations when the already established Phuket is included.
International travelers will be able to travel to Thailand as part of the Sandbox program and can choose to spend their mandatory seven-day stay in Krabi, Phang-Na, Phuket or Surat Thani. (limited to Samui, Pha-ngan and Tao Islands).
However, all travelers should make sure everything is in order before applying for the Sandbox Thailand Pass. This may include, but is not limited to: a vaccination certificate, a negative RT-PCR test result before arrival, seven nights of prepaid accommodation in an approved hotel, prepaid RT-PCR tests for the stay in Thailand and an insurance policy with coverage of at least US $ 50,000.
Travelers should stay at least the first seven nights in a Sandbox destination if they plan to continue their trip to other destinations in Thailand. If less than seven nights remain, the traveler must immediately leave Thailand for another country.
Lifting of travel restrictions
Also, from January 11, 2022, the CCSA approved the lifting of travel restrictions on arrivals from African countries. This means that African travelers will be allowed to apply for the Thailand Pass under the Sandbox program or the alternative quarantine system.
New Pass Test & Go Thailand requests remain suspended until further notice. Those who have already obtained a Test & Go Thailand Pass and have a QR Code are allowed to enter the country (CCSA will update if there is an entry deadline for those who already have a pass). This window remains open for the moment for those who have already completed the Test & Go procedure and have the green light to travel.
Even though new requests for the Test & Go program have been suspended until further notice, travelers who are currently considering entering Thailand can apply for the Thailand Pass under the Sandbox program or the alternative quarantine system.
The 26 provinces of Thailand’s “blue zone”
The CCSA also approved the measure to maintain the designation of 26 âblue zoneâ provinces with pilot tourist destinations. However, strict health and safety guidelines have been put in place.
The “Blue Zone” destinations are:
Central region: Bangkok and Ayutthaya (Mueang district only), Kanchanaburi, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phetchaburi (Cha-Am district only), Prachuap Khiri Khan (Mueang, Hua Hin and Nong Kae districts only) and Samut Prakan (Suvarnabhumi airport only) ).
Eastern region: Chanthaburi (only for Mueang and Tha Mai districts), Chon Buri (only for Bang Lamung, Ko Si Chang, Pattaya and Si Racha districts, and only for Bang Sarey and Na Jomtien sub-districts in Sattahip), Rayong (only for Ko Samet), and Trat (only for the districts of Ko Chang and Ko Kut).
North region: Chiang Mai (Mueang, Chom Thong, Doi Tao, Mae Rim and Mae Taeng districts only) and Chiang Rai (Mueang, Chiang Khong, Chiang Saen, Mae Chan, Mae Fah Luang, Mae Sai, Phan, Thoeng, Wiang Kaen and districts Wiang Pa Pao only).
North East Region: Buri Ram (Mueang district only), Khon Kaen (Mueang, Khao Suan Kwang, Poei Noi, Phon, Phu Wiang and Ubolratana districts only), Loei (Chiang Khan district only), Nakhon Ratchasima (Mueang, Chaloem Phra Kiat, Chok Chai, Pak Chong, Phimai, Sikhio and Wang Nam Khiao Districts), Nong Khai (Mueang, Si Chiang Mai and Tha Bo Districts only), Surin (Mueang and Tha Tum Districts only) and Udon Thani (Mueang, Ban Dung, Kumphawapi, Na Yung, Prachaksilpakhom and Nong Han districts only).
South region: Krabi, Phang-Nga, Phuket, Ranong (Ko Phayam only) and Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao only).
For more information on entry into Thai programs, please visit: https://www.tatnews.org/thailand-reopening/
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