Bangkok and Pattaya overlooked of the Sandboxes

Goodbye Test & Go. Hello Sandboxes, however extra Sandboxes. But all of the Sandboxes are in Thailand’s south and Bangkok, Pattaya and Chiang Mai, to name the obvious victims, have been left out within the chilly the most recent re-arrangement of Thailand Pass re-entry situations.
With the Sandbox applications, initially launched in Phuket on July 1, travellers can enter Thailand, keep and freely roam across the Sandbox space for the primary 7 days, then head off to other parts of Thailand. To be clear, you are NOT locked up in your room (once you’ve tested adverse together with your arrival PCR test).
Currently, with the Test & Go program suspended indefinitely, travellers can solely apply for the Sandbox or AQ (quarantine) entry programs. Undiscovered with present Test & Go approvals may still enter Thailand (the CCSA will hopefully present definitive details about a closing date over the weekend. January 15 was introduced as a cut-off date at yesterday’s briefing, which was reported widely in Thai media, but there has been some additional deliberations later within the day. The CCSA will decide on this matter, not the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the TAT).
For at least the immediate future, locations like Bangkok and Pattaya, that are also home for many businesses and expat families, are being sidelined as entry points for travellers into the country. Patient tourism operators and enterprise house owners are interesting to the Thai authorities to supply some ‘Sandbox’ or different resolution to take care of some sort of re-entry program for those that don’t wish to arrive in Thailand through the southern vacationer areas.
Currently permitted for Sandboxes, under yesterday’s raft of announcements from the CCSA, are Koh Samui (then journey on to Koh Phangan or Koh Tao), Krabi, Phang Nga, and a continuation of this system into Phuket.
With the arrival faucet turned off for Bangkok and Pattaya, as well as other well-liked traveller locations around the nation, occupancy charges are set to plummet throughout the remainder of January and into February as the current dribble of tourists full their holidays and head house.
It was additionally announced yesterday that the number of Orange Zones has been increased and that there’ll now be only 7 ‘Blue’ Zones which permit eating places to proceed serving alcohol, however only as much as 9pm. Blue Zones include Bangkok, Chon Buri, Kanchanaburi, Krabi, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phang Nga, and Phuket. The new zoning goes into impact tomorrow (Sunday).
Alcohol sales at eating places in Orange Zones will be prohibited whereas in Blue Zones eating places can serve alcohol till 9pm every night time. To serve alcohol, those Blue Zone restaurants must abide by the government’s “Covid Free Settings” measures and be certified under SHA+ requirements.
So no much less than the loophole remains for the battered Pattaya, Bangkok and Phuket bar businesses that ‘sort of’ permits bars to serve alcohol under the guise of being a restaurant, so lengthy as they fulfil the necessary pointers, including serving food. But solely till 9pm… legally.
A wider roll out of Sandbox packages will be problematic in areas, aside from islands where entry is way easier to control. Krabi and Phang Nga, too, have restricted road access so are extra easily controlled.
Meanwhile, the Phuket Sandbox obtained a few tweaks this week with additional PCR testing amenities and higher access to ‘hospitels’ and isolating in SHA+ motels if you check optimistic during your keep. Phuket had 385 new infections in the past 24 hours, up from 256 the day earlier than. 435 Test & Go arrivals in Phuket have tested optimistic since the program’s introduction on November 1, 2021. 699 arrivals have tested constructive within the Sandbox program because it started on the island on July 1, 2021.
For the few thousand people presently between approval and arrival, beneath the Test & Go program, you’ll be properly suggested to contact your embassy or entry the Thailand Pass, by way of the internet site, e mail or cellphone, to clarify your journey plans.

If you’re totally vaccinated, and trying to travel to Phuket, you’ll be able to enter by booking a 7 Day Sandbox Hotel bundle..

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