Phuket Sandbox Tourism Extension Given Approval

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has reported today that the Thailand Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) has approved, in principle, a proposal that would allow tourists to Phuket to extend their stay.

Main picture Krabi sunset in Thailand credit Flyingdogtravel

The plan, known as the Phuket Sandbox extension, would allow them to stay in Phuket for the first 7 days before moving to another pilot destination for a further 7 days.

The pilot destinations are scheduled to be:

  • Surat Thani – Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao – already open under the Samui Plus scheme
  • Krabi – Koh Phi Phi, Koh Ngai and Railay Beach (1st August planned opening)
  • Phang Nga – Khao Lak and Koh Yao (1st August planned opening)

It is hoped that the extension will be able to come into force from 1st August. At the present times travellers must stay on Phuket for at least 14 days before they are able to visit other areas of Thailand.

The plan will only get final approval if Covid-19 rates remain low in all of the new areas and if local provincial governors can ensure that all the Phuket Sandbox rules and regulations can be applied in their areas.

Up until 21st July 9,358 tourists have arrived in Phuket under the Sandbox with just 19 testing positive on, or shortly after arrival.

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