Home Travel Industry News

Thailand to reopen Krabi, Phang-Nga, and Surat Thani from 11 January

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved a new round of relaxed entry measures for international arrivals to Thailand, reopening 3 more Sandbox destinations – Krabi, Phang-Nga, and Surat Thani – in addition to Phuket.  

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved a new round of relaxed entry measures for international arrivals to Thailand, reopening 3 more Sandbox destinations – Krabi, Phang-Nga, and Surat Thani – in addition to Phuket.  

From 11 January international travellers will be able to travel to Thailand under the Sandbox programme, and can choose to undergo their mandatory 7-day stay in either Krabi, Phang-Na, Phuket, or Surat Thani – which is the gateway to Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao)

To do this, all travellers must make sure that they arrange everything before applying for the Sandbox Thailand Pass.

The requirements include a vaccination certificate, a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test result, prepaid 7-night’s accommodation in an approved hotel, prepaid RT-PCR tests for when in Thailand, and an insurance policy with coverage no less than US$50,000.

Travellers must stay at least the first 7 nights within a Sandbox destination if planning to continue the journey to other destinations in Thailand. If staying less than 7 nights, the traveller must leave Thailand to another country immediately.

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has also approved the measure to maintain a temporary suspension of the Thailand Pass system for new registrations under the Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO).

Entry measures for travellers who have obtained their Thailand Pass QR code before 22 December 2021, with scheduled arrival dates in Thailand from 24 December 2021, onwards, are currently under review by the CCSA.

Travellers who are currently planning to enter Thailand can apply for the Thailand Pass under either the Sandbox programme or the Alternative Quarantine system.

The CCSA also approved the measure to maintain the designation of 26 “Blue Zone” provinces with pilot tourist destinations. However, stringent health and safety guidelines will be introduced.

Click here to view the current list of Blue Zone destinations.

For more information on entry into Thailand schemes, please visit: https://www.tatnews.org/thailand-reopening/.