Last week Thailand confirmed that the Phuket Sandbox, quarantine-free travel for tourists, would begin on 1st July.
Main picture view from Phuket Beach in Thailand credit Yosomono on flickr
There are high hopes that up to 600,000 foreign and local tourists will visit the island in the first three months of the Sandbox. This includes around 129,000 foreign tourists.
The Phuket sandbox can also be cancelled if the number of new infections surges to 90 per week.
Mr Yuthasak said 18 airlines are ready to fly to Phuket, offering roughly 200 flights. The number of booked seats stands at 6,789, but TAT estimates it will rise to 9,000-10,000.
The Phuket Sandbox is the first of a series of projects planned to gear up the whole of Thailand to be reopen to foreign tourists by mid October.
Starting on 1st July tourists will be able to visit Phuket, as long as they meet a number of conditions, and travel freely on the island, but not elsewhere in Thailand.
It is believed that up to 18 airlines, offering around 200 flights, are ready to fly to Phuket to bring tourists to the island.
The Phuket Sandbox can however be cancelled if the number of new infections surges to 90 per week.
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One of the conditions of entry to the Sandbox is “Foreign travellers as well as Thai nationals and foreign expatriates must travel from countries/regions with a low to medium risk of SAR-CoV-2 virus as announced and constantly updated by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). They must also have already stayed in the said countries/regions no less than 21 days before the travel date.”
Here is the current list of countries in each category (please note that the list may change at any time – although it is predicted to be reviewed every two weeks).
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Brunei, Cambodia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominica, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Luxembourg, Macao, Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Mauritius, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Taiwan, Vietnam.
Afghanistan, Armenia, Algeria, Angola, Bahamas, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Belize, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Cabo Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo Brazzaville, Botswana, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Eswatini, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Ireland, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Mali, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, North Macedonia, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Portugal, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sudan, Romania, Russia ,Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikstan, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, UAE, Uganda, UK, USA, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
High Risk (not allowed entry as part of the Phuket Sandbox)
Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Costa Rica, Comoros, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, India, Iran,
Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, Mauritania, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tunisia, Venezuela, Ukraine, Uruguay.
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