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Phuket Governor – Phuket Sandbox to continue

Phuket Governor insists the Phuket Sandbox scheme will continue amid rising COVID-19 new cases, while the Tourism Authority says, hotel reservations have slowed down. Narong Woonciew, Phuket Governor insists the Phuket Sandbox, which welcomes fully vaccinated tourists without a 14 day mandatory quarantine, will continue. He reassured the public that Phuket is able to control […]

Thailand’s Tourism Ministry Reduces Mandatory Stay under Phuket “Sandbox” to 7 Days

Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports has revised the conditions of the Phuket “sandbox” program, reducing the duration of the mandatory stay in Phuket to seven days, while allowing tourists to spend the following seven days on “Sealed Routes” in five other provinces. Tourism and Sports Minister Phlipat Ratchakitprakarn said he has consulted the prime […]

Phuket “Sandbox” Scheme Will Enable Foreign Visitors to Visit Other Locations

Thailand’s Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) has approved a proposal to let foreign visitors, participating in the Phuket “sandbox” scheme, to visit other tourist spots in three neighboring provinces after seven days, starting from 1 August. CESA spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said the governors of the provinces containing popular tourist spots, such as Koh Samui, […]

Thailand’s State-run Transport Company Suspends All Bus Services until 2 August

Thailand’s state-run Transport Company has suspended all bus services on the northern, northeastern, eastern and southern routes, except parcel deliveries, until 2 August. Company president Sanyalak Panwattanalikit said the move is in compliance with the government announcement of 17 July, requiring people to suspend or delay interprovincial travel to help contain the spread of coronavirus. […]

Phuket Heightens COVID-19 Control Measures

Phuket province has strengthened COVID-19 control measures as the number of new infections has reached about a dozen each day, while the Phuket “sandbox” tourism reopening program continues. Provincial governor Narong Woonsiew said a set of new COVID-19 control measures, aimed at stemming the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, were rolled out on […]

Int’l tourists arrive on Ko Samui as island relaxes quarantine requirements

The Samui Plus campaign got underway today with the arrival of the first international visitors, as the island officially opened for foreign tourists, under more relaxed quarantine requirements. The first flight carrying international tourists visiting Ko Samui under the Samui Plus campaign landed at Samui International Airport around 11 a.m. today, marking the official reopening […]

Phuket Sandbox, key to economic progress

After 14 days of allowing visitors to enter without quarantining, the Deputy Governor of Phuket province has confirmed the Phuket Sandbox project has proceeded as planned despite turnout not being as many as expected with just over 4,500 people arriving so far, generating cashflow of an estimated 450 million baht. Local residents have voiced faith […]


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