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No delays in Phuket Sandbox entry permit processing, says Foreign Ministry

No delays in Phuket Sandbox entry permit processing, says Foreign Ministry

THAILAND: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says processing of all Certificate of Entry (COE) requests in the Phuket Tourism Sandbox campaign is being done in a timely manner, however a permit cannot be issued for applications that fail to comply fully with the regulations.

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By National News Bureau of Thailand

Saturday 3 July 2021, 03:02PM


Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeman Tanee Sangrat. Photo: NNT

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeman Tanee Sangrat. Photo: NNT

The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Tanee Sangrat has refuted an allegation that the MFA has failed to issue Certificates of Entry (COE) on time for some travelers who planned to arrive in Phuket on July 1.

Currently, any person seeking entry to Thailand, regardless of their nationality or purpose of visit, must obtain a COE from a relevant Royal Thai Embassy or consulate via an online portal. This also applies to fully-vaccinated travelers visiting Phuket for quarantine-free tourism.

Mr Tanee said that embassies and consulates have successfully processed all COE applications from Phuket Sandbox travelers arriving on 1st July, however some applications had been rejected due to incomplete documentation.

As of July 1, the MFA had received 6,020 COE applications from international travelers, with 3,034 applications now approved, and 379 rejected.

According to the MFA’s data, 323 people applied to enter Phuket on July 1, followed by 471 people on July 2, and 279 people on July 3.

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HEIKO | 05 July 2021 - 01:17:34

This article fails to clarify if applications are pre-approved or approved as it is a 2-step process. We are still waiting for our COE as well. The bottleneck are the foreign consulates - slow and unorganized! How about a 24 hour response time and you get a contact person you can deal with for questions?

Espanol | 04 July 2021 - 11:53:32

"6,020 COE applications from international travelers, with 3,034 applications now approved, and 379 rejected" means that about 50% of applications have been approved, 12% rejected and 38% (my application, for instance) have not yet received an answer. 

Larry B | 04 July 2021 - 11:40:21

Now the application is not working This morning the staff could not scan my QR code ? what should we do ? 

Larry B | 04 July 2021 - 11:37:41

WE might not have the same feedback. The COE application was only opened on Monday the 28th. The approval was sent to people 24 hours prior to departure. Why because on 29th they asked for the hotel to prove that they had paid for the PCR Test. Then on 30th they asked to have a confirmed apointment voucher from the hospital. Tehn now that we are here 48 hours later we still stuck in our hotel. 

Espanol | 03 July 2021 - 23:07:23

"6,020 COE applications from international travelers, with 3,034 applications now approved, and 379 rejected" means that about 50% of applications have approved, 12% rejected and 38% (my application, for instance) have not yet received an answer. 

Xi_Virus | 03 July 2021 - 20:30:20

Do NOT Feed these generals. They do NOT share anything with the people of Thailand. These generals are screaming for more Luxury watches Cars and more properties in Singapore and Hong Kong. That's the least they could do during past years in power.

Until Thailand has a democratic elected government #BOYCOTT THAILAND

JSombra | 03 July 2021 - 17:50:16

They are only managing to approve about 300 per day when target arrivals is 1500 per day think we can all see the issue here

 

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