The Thailand Sandbox program will first start with Phuket, and it is still planned to start after July 1st.
UPDATE (May 27th) The TAT reconfirmed that Thailand will be going forward with the Phuket Sandbox program starting on July 1st.
UPDATE (June 4th) A meeting with the Prime Minister, and the CESA took place. They extended the minimum amount of required Sandbox stay from 7 nights to 14 nights if you wish to travel to other provinces after your stay.
UPDATE (June 12th) The Prime Minister has reconfirmed that the Phuket Sandbox program will proceed without delay.
UPDATE (June 14th) The SHA Plus Hotels will have to submit guest information to SHA-BA (Booking Authentication). They will then provide the guest with a QR code that can be used to obtain their COE. We are still waiting for more information around the topic.
Yes, you must still follow the entry requirements HERE.
You can book a Phuket SHA+ Sandbox Hotel for at least 14 nights if you wish to travel to other provinces. If you do not intend to travel to other provinces you may book a shorter term sandbox stay.
Yes, you must be vaccinated.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will reconsider the modalities of the Sandbox on Friday, 18 June. Hopefully it will make it into the Royal Gazette soon.
Children under 19 do not need to be vaccinated, but if they are older than 12 they will be tested upon arrival.
A vaccinated traveler may change hotels during his stay as long as the hotels are SHA Plus, and that they have made the reservations before their arrival in Phuket.
Bars, clubs and karaoke lounges shall remain shut in July. However, SHA Plus hotels may serve alcohol in restaurants on their premises.
A PCR test in Phuket currently costs between THB 2,500 to THB 4,000.
You may only travel outside of Phuket after you have completed your 14 nights in a SHA Plus hotel.
A sandbox hotel is a SHA+ Hotel located in a region where the Sandbox is approved in.
It means that at least 70% of staff at the venues and businesses have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Only SHA+ Hotels will qualify for the sandbox program.