Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved a new round of relaxed entry measures for international arrivals to Thailand with an announcement to reopen three more Sandbox destinations – Krabi, Phang-Nga, and Surat Thani (only Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao) from January 11, 2022 – in addition to Phuket.
With this move, the Sandbox entry programme will now be available at four Thai destinations and from next week, international travellers will be able to travel to Thailand under the Sandbox programme and can choose to undergo their mandatory seven days’ stay in either Krabi, Phang-Na, Phuket, or Surat Thani. Also, from January 11, the CCSA approved the lifting of travel restrictions on arrivals from African countries and now travellers from Africa will be allowed to apply for the Thailand Pass under either the Sandbox programme or the Alternative Quarantine system.
Requirements to enter a Sandbox destination
All travellers must make sure that they arrange everything in order before applying for the Sandbox Thailand Pass. This can include but is not limited to, a vaccination certificate, a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test result, prepaid seven nights’ accommodation in an approved hotel, prepaid RT-PCR tests for when in Thailand, and an insurance policy with coverage no less than USD 50,000.
Travellers must stay at least the first seven nights within a Sandbox destination if planning to continue the journey to other destinations in Thailand. If staying less than 7 nights, the traveller must leave Thailand to another country immediately.
New TEST & GO Thailand Pass applications remain suspended until further notice, announced Thai authorities. Entry measures for travellers who have obtained their Thailand Pass QR code before December 22, 2021, with scheduled arrival dates in Thailand from December 24, 2021, onwards, are currently under review by the CCSA. Alternatively, travellers who are currently planning to enter Thailand can apply for the Thailand Pass under either the Sandbox programme or the Alternative Quarantine system.