Thailand continues tourism reopening, despite a spike in Covid-19 cases

Shariq TahirWeb Editor

28th Aug, 2021. 03:01 pm
Thailand continues tourism reopening, despite a spike in Covid-19 cases

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has confirmed an additional extension to its reopening plans with the Phuket Sandbox 7+7 initiative.

The new method will give fully-vaccinated overseas visitors even more opportunities to visit several Thai sites, restoring the ability to enjoy multicentre, island-hopping itineraries without the need for quarantine.

However, the decision comes against the backdrop of Thailand being added to the UK’s red list.

Following the July 1st launch of the Phuket Sandbox and the July 15th debut of Samui Plus, the Phuket Sandbox 7+7 continues to pave the way for the safe reopening of more places across the country.

Director of TAT London, Chiravadee Khunsub, said, “Since July Phuket has welcomed over 24,000 (fully vaccinated) international arrivals (the UK being the second source market) with just 70 testings positive for Covid-19.”

“The Sandbox concept has proved to be a controlled and safe return to restarting tourism and has generated over 100 million Thai Baht for the local economy.”

“There is a long way to go but with our peak winter sun season ahead (November – March) and the opening of more of Thailand’s popular beaches and islands this month, travellers can look forward to romantic getaways and fun family breaks without quarantine restrictions.”

The Phuket Sandbox 7+7 programme allows eligible, fully-vaccinated international visitors to reduce their previous 14-night mandatory stay in Phuket to just seven nights, after which they can spend another seven nights in either Krabi (Ko Phi Phi, Ko Ngai, or Railay), Phang-Nga (Khao Lak or Ko Yao), or Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan or Ko Tao).

For the 7+7 extension, the previous entrance measures for the Phuket Sandbox programme remain unaltered.



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