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Phuket Sandbox Upgrades | Measures for vaccinated Mena Travellers

DUBAI: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced updates to its Phuket Sandbox programme – which was pivotal to the Kingdom’s tourism recovery – with the ‘Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension’.

 Following approval from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration in Thailand, the programme provides fully vaccinated travellers from the Middle East with opportunities to visit multiple Thai destinations without the need to quarantine.

Launched on August 16, the programme reduces the mandatory stay in Phuket from 14 to 7 days for Mena travellers who received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

 Director of the TAT for Dubai and the Middle East, Chaiwat Tamthai, said: “We are delighted that the Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension programme signifies the progress of Thailand’s plan to gradually reopen to fully vaccinated travellers from the region.

 “The launch of the Phuket Sandbox from July 1, Samui Plus from July 15, and now Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension aim to inspire confidence and ensure the health and safety of visitors from the Middle East, as well as preparing more destinations for travellers to experience.”

 The existing entry measures in place for the Phuket Sandbox programme remain unchanged for the 7+7 extension. Travellers planning to spend another seven days in designated destinations must obtain a ‘Transfer Form’ issued by their hotel in Phuket indicating that they have stayed in Phuket for seven nights, which they will need to present together with two negative Covid-19 test results – conducted on day 0 and day 6 in Phuket.

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