Thailand finally has ditched its list of “safe” countries from where it will accept fully vaccinated travelers for the Phuket, Surat Thani, Phang-Nga, and Krabi “sandbox” programs.
At the same time the government shortened the time tourists and returning Thailand residents must spend in the sandbox from 14 to seven days, it opened the program to travelers from any country in the world.
Until Oct. 1, the country had maintained a list of countries by level of coronavirus-transmission risks, with only arrivals from “low” and “moderate risk nations allowed to take advantage of the sandbox scheme, despite the fact they were fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Since July 1, sandbox tourists have tested positive for the coronavirus only at the rate of 0.28 percent.
Those tourists now will only have to spend a week in Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Khao, Lak Koh Yao, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Ngai and Railay Beach before moving on to anywhere else in Thailand.
The reduction in sandbox time coincides with the reduction, for fully vaccinated arrivals, in mandatory quarantine in other areas, such as Bangkok, which does not reopen until at least Nov. 1.