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Phuket Sandbox island quarantine reduced to seven days

Phuket Sandbox island quarantine reduced to seven days

PHUKET: From this Friday (Oct 1), people wanting to enter Thailand through the Phuket Sandbox scheme will be able to apply for a Certificate of Entry that will require them to spend only seven days under “island quarantine” instead of 14 days.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 29 September 2021, 08:00AM

The news was announced by Phuket officials last night (Sept 28), by sharing a post online by the Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra, Australia.

The post, in English, read, “From 1 October 2021, the following quarantine period applies for entry into Thailand:

“A quarantine period of  7 days for international travellers who have been fully vaccinated with vaccines approved by the Thai authorities.”

*Travellers must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to their departure date,” the notice added.

UWC Thailand

A quarantine period of 10 days is required for unvaccinated international travellers and travellers who are not fully vaccinated.

A quarantine period of 10 days is required for unvaccinated children. If travelling with a fully vaccinated parent, the parent must also quarantine for 10 days,” the post noted.

In a separate post, Phuket officials also noted, “Visitors arriving on the Phuket Sandbox project must now stay at a SHA Plus hotel for 7 days before being able to travel on day 8 to other provinces in Thailand.”

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JohnQ | 30 September 2021 - 05:00:03

I'm already in Phuket Sandbox.  Will I be able to travel to Pattaya after my 7th day ( October 3rd) ?

Kurt | 30 September 2021 - 01:20:25

Imagine, sudden daily  thousands arriving tourists at Phuket airport? ( 10-20 planes). There are not enough PCR tests at airport, not enough SHA hotel quarantine accommodation for all. Not enough restaurants/bars open, no entertainment. There is nothing to accommodate such flow of tourists. Only Thai order after order, all Officialdom energy goes into bureaucratic paperwork only.

Madeinswiss | 30 September 2021 - 00:56:57

I agree for quarantaine 7days in phuket but you must let the choice for the standard hotels, rental villa or rental condo too. Its more safe to stay with youf family alone in villa or condo than hotels with many thai not vacccinate. 

CaptainJack69 | 29 September 2021 - 12:48:18

2 days ago Reuters reported that Thailand will drop quarantine altogether for vaccinated travelers arriving in 10 provinces including Phuket from Nov. 1st. I see no mention of that anywhere else including the Thai foreign office official website on quarantine (but then it doesn't mention this reduction to 7 days either). What's the story PN?

Kurt | 29 September 2021 - 10:52:28

A missed chance for Phuket tourist industry not to skip completely that quarantine in their Phuket sandbox model for fully vaccinated people per 1 October.. 7 Days quarantine is 7 days to much for foreign tourists who have just 2-3 weeks holiday. (14-21 days, minus 3-4 travel days). Not yet talking about scamming costs of quarantine and CPR tests, compared with what Thai have to pay for it.

Kurt | 29 September 2021 - 10:26:10

Skipping that stupid CoE thing can make a difference of many tourists extra to Phuket coming 4 months. But is needs a complete different mind setting of Officialdom. That I see not happen as long Thai not realize that tourists not need Thailand, but Thailand need tourists. They are to stubborn/regimental blinded to understand why foreign tourists are not coming.

Kurt | 29 September 2021 - 10:07:02

That CoE thing blocks many foreigners to go Thailand. Going through CoE nonsense is quite a burden. Thai Consulate hours are just a few in morning, meaning many 'long distance living' people must travel de day before and have a hotel night. Must show PCR test, but CeO handing out takes sometimes a few days till more than 1 week!. Than must do again a PCR test, max 72 hrs before flight. 

maverick | 29 September 2021 - 09:49:27

Kurt@ we finally agree on something 

Kurt | 29 September 2021 - 08:54:21

Permanent foreign Residents ( business-, retirement visa) having their own permanent living address on Phuket, being fully vaccinated, tested negative upon arrival Phuket airport should be exempted from 1 week quarantine. When 'green' tested, quarantine at own home.


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