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Thailand reopens more sandbox locations
Thailand will reopen 3 other Sandbox destinations from Jan. 11, 2022, after the nation agreed to extend the ban on the Test & Go system. After facilitating travel in late 2021, Thailand suspended the program that allowed travelers to skip the mandatory quarantine.
Thailand plans to treat the virus as endemic in 2022 as it seeks to rebuild its tourism economy. In 2019, Thailand attracted nearly 40 million visitors. However, the number of visitors has flat since March 2020.
The new sandbox schemes
Starting January 11, 2022, travelers can travel to Thailand under three new Sandbox programs: Krabi, Phang-Na or Surat Thani, as well as the Phuket Sandbox program. Travelers should make sure they have everything organized before applying for the Sandbox Thailand Pass.
Travelers will need:
- A vaccination certificate
- A negative RT-PCR test result before arrival
- 7-night prepaid accommodation in an approved hotel
- Prepaid RT-PCR tests for your stay in Thailand
- An insurance policy with coverage of at least $ 50,000
Travelers must stay at least the first 7 nights in Sandbox destinations. However, if travelers need to vacate their accommodation before the 7-night period, they must leave the country.
Travelers should complete their 7 nights in hotel quarantine before traveling to other destinations in Thailand.
The suspension of Pass Test & Go Thailand requests
The CCSA also approved the measure to suspend the Thailand Pass system for new registrations. However, the CCSA is currently revision Entry measures for travelers who obtained their Thailand Pass QR code by December 22, 2021 with expected arrival dates in Thailand from December 24, 2021.
Travelers planning to enter Thailand can apply for the Thailand Pass under any of the Sandbox programs or the Alternative Quarantine System.
The current COVID-19 situation in Thailand: January 10, 2022
COVID-19 cases have declined in Thailand in recent weeks. That said, cases have increased again in recent days. The current 7-day average of cases is 5,713; this is a slight increase from the 7-day case average of 2,618 on December 19, 2021. Although COVID-19 cases are still far from the average of 21,784 7-day cases in August 2021.
Of course, this will create concerns for many travelers planning to visit Thailand. The nation is continually changing its COVID-19 entry policy.
As we’ve seen over the past couple of years, anything can happen in Thailand regarding COVID-19 travel restrictions.
The end of the travel ban in Africa
From January 11, 2022, Thailand will lift its ban on arrivals from African countries. Therefore, travelers from African countries can apply for the pass to Thailand under one of the Sandbox programs or an alternative quarantine system.
The 26 provinces of Thailand’s “blue zone” will remain
The CCSA approved the maintenance of the 26 “blue zone” provinces with pilot tourist destinations. The blue areas have reached 70% immunization levels and are ready to welcome international visitors.
- Ayutthaya (Mueang district only)
- Pathum Thani
- Phetchaburi (Cha-Am district only)
- Prachuap Khiri Khan
- Prachuap Khiri Khan (Mueang, Hua Hin and Nong Kae districts only)
- Samut Prakan (Suvarnabhumi airport only)
- Chanthaburi (only for Mueang and Tha Mai districts)
- Chon Buri (only for the districts of Bang Lamung, Ko Si Chang, Pattaya and Si Racha, and only for the sub-districts of Bang Sarey and Na Jomtien in the district of Sattahip)
- Rayong (only for Ko Samet)
- Trat (only for Ko Chang and Ko Kut districts)
- Chiang Mai (Mueang, Chom Thong, Doi Tao, Mae Rim and Mae Taeng districts only)
- Chiang Rai (Mueang, Chiang Khong, Chiang Saen, Mae Chan, Mae Fah Luang, Mae Sai, Phan, Thoeng, Wiang Kaen and Wiang Pa Pao districts only).
- Ranong (Koh Phayam only)
- Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao only).
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