Earlier today we reported on the news that quarantine rules for visitors to Thailand had reduced to just 7 days for fully vaccinated travellers. Now the Thailand Authority of Thailand had confirmed further changes to the Sandbox programme.
Reopening of Thai Tourism
The Phuket Sandbox launched on 1st July allowing fully vaccinated travellers to arrive and stay on the island without need to quarantine for 14 days, they would then be allowed to travel elsewhere in Thailand.
On 15th July the Samui Plus scheme was launched which allowed visitors to arrive but with added restrictions.
The Sandbox 7+7 Extension was introduced on 16th August that allowed visitors to spend just 7 days in Phuket before being able to travel to specific areas of Krabi, Phang-Nga (Khao Lak) and Surat Thani (Koh Samui) for a further 7 days.
Following the latest announcements on quarantine changes TAT have now confirmed that the Sandbox Extension has been largely discontinued and travellers can visit other areas in the Sandbox immediately.
The changes mean that fully vaccinated tourists can now travel straight to the designated areas of Phang-Nga (Khao Lak and Koh Yao) and Krabi (Koh Phi Phi, Koh Ngai and Railay Beach) upon landing in Phuket, and stay there for seven days. They would then be able to travel elsewhere in Thailand at the end of the 7 day period.
Travellers to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao can spend 7 days on the holiday islands before they too can travel freely throughout Thailand.
Any travel restrictions between zones would however still apply.
The TAT press release has also confirmed that the list of countries permitted to visit the Sandbox has now been removed allowing travellers from any country to visit the Sandbox.
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