From December 22, 2021, Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has announced a temporary suspension of Sandbox applications as well as Thailand’s pass for all new ‘test and go’. The decision was made in response to an increase in the number of Omicron cases in the country.
Sandbox plan, according to reports, is a new model that allows fully vaccinated travellers to enter Thailand without being quarantined. Travelers will now be required to enter Thailand via Phuket due to recent restrictions. Indian travellers will also be allowed to enter Thailand under the Phuket Sandbox scheme because Phuket has not yet imposed restrictions.
According to reports, travellers will only be required to take a PCR test and wait in the hotel until the test results are received under the said scheme. They will be allowed to move around Phuket if their test results are negative. Travelers will also be subjected to a second RT-PCR test on the fifth or sixth day, after which they will be permitted to travel to other parts of Thailand after completing seven days in Phuket without being subjected to quarantine, or they can choose to return to their home country within seven days.
If someone wants to visit Phuket, they must choose the ‘SandBox’ option, and after seven days in Phuket, they can travel to other parts of Thailand.
In response to this, Cholada Siddhivarn, Director of Thailand’s Tourism Authority, stated that they are pleased to welcome Indians to Thailand and that the entry rules for people have recently been changed.
She also mentioned that visitors to Phuket can sign up for Thailand Passes through the Phuket Sandbox programme and Happy Quarantine.