New Sandboxes introduced, but are they redundant after February 1?

(All the knowledge on this article is based on CCSA bulletins final Thursday and revealed articles on the Tourism of Thailand website and different authorities media)
Businesses within the entertainment, nightlife, bar and sex business in Pattaya are respiration a sigh of relief as worldwide vacationers will, once more, be capable of visit the seaside party city as a half of the government’s Thailand Pass updates.
Not all the Chon Buri province are being included within the reboot. From February 1, the CCSA introduced they’re reopening the districts of Bang Lamung, Pattaya, Si Racha, Si Chang, and Sattahip (but only Na Jomtien and Bang Saray sub-districts). Further down the east coast, Koh Chang in Trat can additionally be been opened underneath the revised Sandbox choices.
Probably even higher information for the hard-hit region is that the Test & Go program is being re-introduced, permitting totally vaccinated travellers from anywhere on the earth, not just 67 international locations as prior to now, to travel to, well, wherever in Thailand.
Under the revised Test & Go choice of the Thailand Pass, Test & Go-approved travellers might want to e-book an SHA+ hotel for the first evening AND the fifth evening of their keep. They will undergo PCR checks on the 1st and fifth day and have to attend for a unfavorable outcome before they will go away. The two nights of lodging and the PCR tests must be pre-paid as a part of your utility process. From the TAT website…
“From 1 February, 2022, 09.00 Hrs. Thailand time, fully vaccinated travellers from any nation around the globe can apply for a Test & Go Thailand Pass as much as 60 days in advance.”
The Sandbox program, additionally available to completely vaccinated travellers from anyplace on the earth, restricts the arrivees to stay in an SHA+ lodge for 7 nights, and be restricted to journey just around the Sandbox province or district. They have a PCR take a look at on arrival and on Day 7 earlier than they’ll then journey anywhere in Thailand.
Which begs the question, why announce all these new Sandboxes programs if folks can enter anywhere in Thailand with Test & Go with much less cost and restrictions, from February 1?
In the unique Test & Go, travellers have been only able to apply if they were from considered one of 67 “low risk” nations. The Sandbox program was completely different as a end result of it allowed folks from anyplace on the planet to apply. Now that restriction has been lifted for the rebooted Test & Go program, why hassle with making use of for a Sandbox program?
If the announcements from the CCSA have been correct, and the latest updates on the TAT website ( are correct, then, indeed, the Sandbox program might be redundant from February 1. Of course the Sandbox programs may again be wanted as a fall again place if the Test & Go program is once more shelved as a outcome of a significant rise in new Covid infections.
But, none of these modifications to the Thailand Pass, despite being confidently revealed on Government web sites and the Tourism of Thailand’s web site, have been published within the Royal Gazette. So the precise mechanism and details of the post-February 1 arrivals are but to be ‘officially’ introduced.
Apart from the question “if the Sandbox is important anymore?”, there’s additionally the robust online pushback of the extra Day 5 PCR take a look at announced for Test & Go arrivals within the CCSA replace final Thursday. Little-known to the present confusion is where alcohol can and can’t be served, the place the ‘Blue Zones’ are and the newest colour-coding of Provinces across the nation.
But, one means or the other, Pattaya companies, in fact ALL Thai business, might be pleased to welcome again worldwide vacationers under ANY program after February 1.
We look forward to further clarification and particulars when the changes are introduced within the Royal Gazette.
If you’re fully vaccinated and seeking to journey to Thailand, you may enter by a 1 Day Test & Go Packages..

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