PHUKET: Sandbox tourists traveling to Phuket, including those coming to stay in Phang Nga and Krabi, are not allowed to transit through Bangkok, an official announcement released by the Royal Thai Embassy in Berlin has revealed.
The announcement, titled âThailand Entry Measures for Thais and Foreigners Wishing to Travel to Thailand,â was marked as accurate on January 8 and posted online by the Phuket Info Center, operated by the ministry’s Phuket office. of the Interior, yesterday (January 9).
All travelers entering Thailand must register through the Thailand Pass system (http://tb.consular.go.th) at least seven days before the trip. Successful registrations will receive a QR code via email to use in travel, the notice said.
Those who registered through the Thailand Pass system before December 22 and received a QR code, or who have been approved and are still waiting for their QR code, can use the QR code to travel to Thailand according to the projects selected by date. original. and the time that was approved, the notice confirmed.
Approved entry still applies to those who have already been approved under the Test & Go program, the notice confirmed.
On the day of travel, travelers must present the results of their issued RT-PCR test no later than 72 hours before travel. Children under the age of 6 traveling with their parents and people who have recovered from the infection at least 14 days but not more than three months before travel are exempt from presenting PCR test results. Documents confirming recovery can be used if the RT-PCR test results are positive.
Upon arrival in Thailand, arrivals must undergo a second COVID-19 RT-PCR test at a location designated free of charge by the government. Travelers can learn about the location and process for the second infection test from the first hotel, the advisory explained.
With the Test & Go entry program now suspended until further notice, those still wishing to travel to Thailand can do so under the following entry programs:
ALTERNATIVE QUARANTINE (AQ)
AQ entry arrivals must have been fully vaccinated according to criteria prescribed by the vaccine manufacturer at least 14 days prior to travel.
A minimum of seven nights in about 40 QA hotels must be booked and paid in full, or at least a 15,000 B deposit. Proof of booking must include 2 RT-PCR checks and airport transfer.
People who have not been vaccinated or who have not been vaccinated but do not follow the guidelines set by the vaccine manufacturer at least 14 days before departure should book a reservation to quarantine at an AQ hotel for a minimum of 10 nights. The reservation must be prepaid in full or a deposit of at least 15,000 baht must be paid. Proof of hotel reservation must include the cost of 2 RT-PCR checks.
Those arriving at Suvarnabhumi Airport or Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport should select an AQ hotel in Bangkok or the immediate vicinity, or Chon Buri, Prachinburi or Nakhon Nayok.
Those arriving at Phuket Airport can choose an AQ hotel only in Phuket and Phang Nga.
Travelers can reserve AQ hotel rooms by contacting the hotel directly. The advisory provided the following web addresses to help travelers make their choice:
Foreigners entering Thailand must have health insurance covering treatment in Thailand of at least USD 50,000. This requirement does not apply to Thai nationals.
Entrance to the sandbox is restricted to people who have been fully vaccinated according to the criteria prescribed by the vaccine manufacturer at least 14 days prior to travel. Travelers under the age of 18 who have not been fully vaccinated and who are traveling with their parents can travel under the Sandbox program under the same conditions as parents, according to the advisory.
PHUKET SAND BOX
For travelers entering Thailand under the Phuket Sandbox program, the notice clearly stated, âBook direct flights from outside Thailand to Phuket. Impossible to transit in Bangkok.
âBook a room at SHA Extra + (https://web.thailandsha.com/shaextraplus) in Phuket for at least seven nights with proof of payment for 2 RT-PCR appointments from www.thailandpsas.com“, he added.
âTravelers don’t have to hold back in hotel rooms [during the seven days]. but must stay only in Phuket until the due date to be able to travel to other provinces, âthe notice confirmed.
However, the notice did not mention that all arrivals were to stay in their hotel rooms until they received the results of their first swab test carried out after landing at Phuket airport.
SAMUI, PHANG NGA AND KRABI
The sandbox programs for Surat Thani province (Koh Samui, Koh Pha-ngan and Koh Tao), Phang Nga province and Krabi province are only for those who have been fully vaccinated according to the criteria prescribed by the vaccine manufacturer at least 14 days before the trip).
Thailand Pass registration will open tomorrow (January 11) to access these Sandbox areas.
âBook direct flights from outside Thailand to Phuket and continue to drive to Phang Nga or Krabi,â the notice read.
âThose traveling to Surat Thani can stop and change planes (transfer) in Bangkok and connect to domestic flights PG5125 / PG5151 or PG5171 only, having single tickets to Europe – Bangkok – Samui with one single reservation issued by airline only, âconfirms the notice.
Travelers entering Thailand under these Sandbox Entrance Programs must book a hotel room in SHA Extra + accommodation (https://web.thailandsha.com/shaextraplus) for at least seven nights. Proof of booking must include 2 RT-PCR checks and airport pickup.
Travelers do not have to stay in the hotel room for seven days, but must stay in the specified Sandbox area until the deadline to travel to other regions and provinces.
On the day of travel, travelers must present the results of their issued RT-PCR test no later than 72 hours before travel. Children under the age of 6 traveling with their parents and people who have recovered from the infection at least 14 days but not more than three months before travel are exempt from presenting PCR test results. Documents confirming recovery can be used if the RT-PCR test results are positive, the advisory repeated.
Foreigners entering Thailand under these entry programs must have health insurance covering treatment in Thailand of at least USD 50,000. This requirement does not apply to Thai nationals, the notice also reiterated.