What is the phuket sandbox?
Phuket Sandbox is a program that allows foreign travelers to visit Phuket province without having to undergo quarantine. They must have a negative RT-PCR test result before enjoying travel and recreational activities throughout Phuket. The Phuket sandbox model was developed as a safe way for Thailand to reopen to international tourism without the need for quarantine. In particular, with the recent indefinite suspension of the quarantine exemption system for Test %26 Go, the sandbox program was currently the best way to enter Thailand.
More islands have been approved in the last week, allowing you to apply for a stay in Krabi, Phang-Nga and Surat Thani in addition to Phuket through the program. Dear Oleg, Hello This means that these are countries that are considered high risk but due to tourists coming from these countries they are allowed to get a COE under Phuket sandbox. As for your second question, domestic flights have certainly been allowed for Phuket sandbox travelers in the past. However, there was disruption as infections surged in the capital. Many airlines plan Phuket sandbox flights from abroad to Phuket, including Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, EVA Air, Korean Air, etc.
Flights to Phuket with transit flights in Singapore, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha are allowed for Phuket Sandbox. The risk of infection should be very low at the time of operation of the Phuket Sandbox project for a number of reasons. All foreigners using the Phuket Sandbox Scheme must provide proof of stay at a SHA Plus hotel and present the booking before applying for the Thailand Pass. The Thai government expects to receive 129,000 PAX from the Phuket sandbox project between July and September.
The Phuket Sandbox program is also available for returning Thai nationals and returning non-Thais, provided that they are traveling from low or medium risk countries and have stayed in that country or regions for at least 21 days before returning to Thailand. This is the case with the Samui Plus program, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it was true for the Phuket sandbox as well. Fully vaccinated visitors under the sandbox program to Phuket are now required to stay at their destination for seven days and can then continue their journey to other parts of Thailand. Dear Jovana, The Thai consulate in Dubai will only issue a COE for Phuket Sandbox if you are in Dubai for more than 21 days before your flight.
Dear Ella, yes, you can both stay at the same SHA+ hotel as you are both eligible for Phuket Sandbox. Thanks to the Phuket Sandbox program, fully vaccinated travelers are not required to quarantine, but they must stay in Phuket for a minimum of 7 nights and then they are allowed to visit other destinations in Thailand. Previously, the Phuket Sandbox program was only available to travelers from “low risk” countries.