August 13, 2022

Omicron update: Indians can visit Thailand via Phuket


The Thai COVID-19 Situation Administration Center (CCSA) has announced a temporary suspension of Sandbox apps and Thailand’s pass for all new “test and go” from December 22, 2021. This decision makes following the growing number of Omicron cases in the country.

According to reports, the Sandbox plan is a new model that allows fully vaccinated travelers to enter Thailand without quarantine. Now, under the latest restrictions, travelers will need to travel to Thailand via Phuket. Additionally, since Phuket has yet to impose restrictions, Indian travelers will be allowed entry into Thailand under the Phuket Sandbox program.

According to the above information, travelers will only need to undergo a PCR test and wait at the hotel until the test result is received. If their test result is negative, they will be allowed to travel to Phuket. Additionally, travelers will undergo the second RT-PCR test on the fifth or sixth day, after which they will be allowed to travel to other parts of Thailand after spending seven days in Phuket, without undergoing quarantine, or they can choose to return to their country of origin within seven days.

So, if someone is planning to visit Phuket, they will have to select Phuket ‘SandBox’, and after spending seven days in Phuket, they can visit other destinations in Thailand.

Referring to this, the director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Cholada Siddhivarn, said that they are happy to welcome Indians to Thailand and have just changed the entry rules for people.

She added that travelers wishing to go to Phuket can sign up for the Thailand Pass under the Phuket Sandbox and Happy Quarantine program.