While Thailand has instated mandatory quarantine for foreign travelers amid the rise of omicron cases, the Thai authorities have now clarified that those traveling to Phuket will not be required to undergo quarantine. This is under Phuket Sandbox Program.
As per the reports, tourists traveling under the Phuket Sandbox Program will only be required to undergo a mandatory RT-PCR test and wait in the hotel until the result is declared. If the test comes negative, the tourists will be allowed to move around in Phuket. The tourists will be asked to undergo a second RT-PCR test on the fifth and sixth day, which is when they will be allowed to visit other parts of Thailand, completing a seven-day stay at Phuket.
Thailand’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has ordered a temporary suspension of Sandbox Applications due to the increase in the number of coronavirus omicron variant. Thailand has passed a new ‘Test and Go’ from December 22, 2021. However, under Phuket Sandbox, these rules will be exempt from traveling.
Referring to this, the Director of the TAT Mumbai office said that the tourism authorities have slightly changed entry rules for tourists except for Phuket, and as such, tourists from India traveling to Phuket need to register for Thailand Pass for Phuket Sandbox Program and Happy Quarantine.
As for Thailand, the authorities have decided to scrap the quarantine waiver and decision to halt the Test and Go waiver, and now tourists need to undergo hotel quarantine, which will range between 7 to 10 days, and this decision will likely be reviewed on January 4, 2022.