Following a third wave that swept through Thailand in April and May, new cases have now begun to subside. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, who is the spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, confirmed in a recent statement that the number of new cases is decreasing.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn has confirmed that from 1st July, vaccinated travellers from low-risk countries will be permitted to fly direct to Phuket without the need for quarantine upon arrival. Known as the “Phuket Sandbox” programme, the scheme expects to draw around 129,000 holidaymakers to Phuket between July and September this year.
Visitors can fly direct or via connecting flight and can stay any number of nights. Foreigners will need to have completed a full course of vaccinations in their home country and wait 14 days after the second jab before flying to Phuket. Upon arrival, they will need to pass a PCR test on day 1, followed by another on day 6 and then a third and final check on day 12. Once they have stayed in Phuket for 14 nights and passed the requisite three PCR tests, they will be permitted to travel elsewhere in Thailand.
All other destinations (such as Krabi, Samui, etc.) will operate the same 14-day rule, while nightlife entertainments are expected to be limited in each location. Visitors to Phuket do not have to stay for the full 14 days – they can also stay for a shorter amount of time if they wish, but will need to return home from Phuket once this trip is completed. Throughout their stay, guests will be monitored using a dedicated track and trace app, to which they must adhere. The Phuket Sandbox is a crucial first step in Thailand’s revival; other destinations will not be allowed to reopen if the scheme is not successful.
CAAT have updated their requirements for passengers on domestic flights in Thailand. According to the new regulations, which came into effect from 1st June, passengers must provide evidence that they have completed a full course of Covid-19 vaccinations; test results can now be issued up to seven days prior to travel, instead of just 72 hours; passengers discharged from medical care related to Covid-19 must wait for 90 days before flying; vaccination and testing requirements do not apply to children under five years of age.
Millions of Thais are expected to be inoculated this month, following the official opening of registration for the government’s mass vaccination programme, which begins on Monday, 7th June. Officials have also assured all foreign nationals currently in Thailand who have registered that they will start receiving the Covid-19 vaccine on the same day. The news was confirmed on Wednesday (2/6) by Sophon Iamsirithaworn, who is deputy director general of the Disease Control Department.
On the same day, Thailand began exporting AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine to other countries in the Southeast Asia region. Thailand has become the official Asian hub for production and distribution of the vaccine, produced by Siam Bioscience with a license from AstraZeneca.
Last month, Thailand imposed a range of restrictions and split the nation into colour-coded zones. Provinces were designated as either dark red, light red or orange zones, depending on the severity of their Covid situation. On 17th May, many of these zones were downgraded, as the situation stabilised. The number of dark-red zones (Maximum and Strict Controlled Areas) was reduced from six to four: Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan. Red zones (Maximum Controlled Areas) were also reduced from 45 down to 17 provinces.
Controls in restaurants and dine-in outlets have also been relaxed in all zones, with certain curfews and SOP in place, tailored to the zone in question. For full details of the zone designation and the varying levels of restrictions imposed on each location, check out the TAT website.
Panorama Destination is working to ensure the safety of our clients returning to Thailand, and has introduced a set of health and safety protocols based on a dedicated Covid-19 policy. The business has also achieved safety certification from a range of internationally recognised organizations, including the following:
– Thailand Hygiene Plus Initiative (THPI)
– World Travel & Tourism Council ‘Safe Travels’ campaign
– “Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration” certification (SHA) by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
We continue to work alongside the Government and with other DMCs in Thailand, to ensure safe and standardised services for all returning visitors; and will continue to provide the latest breaking news regarding Covid-19 and its impact on tourism via our social media channels: