Phuket reaches over 10,000 immigrants by sandbox scheme
Phuket, Thailand, started the "Phuket Sandbox" on July 1 to exempt vaccinated travelers without quarantine, and it was reported that the number of travelers who have entered Thailand using this program for 23 days exceeded 10,000 as of July 23. Currently, an average of 400 to 500 people enter Phuket using the "Sandbox" a day.
A total of 21 people who entered the country by "Sandbox" were detected as positive in the COVID-19 test after entering Phuket. With a positive rate of about 0.2%, it maintains a very low infection rate.
Currently, the epidemic of the spread of the coronavirus infection continues in Thailand, and various restrictions are being implemented in cities such as Bangkok, but in October the Thai government is planning to adopt a same scheme like "sandbox" in Bangkok to open the border of Thailand. We hope that the spread of the infection will end and Bangkok will be open to foreign tourists.
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Phuket Sandbox to relax some restrictions from August 1st
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced that they plan to relax some restrictions on the "Phuket Sandbox" program, which allow vaccinated foreign tourists enter Phuket without quarantine, from August 1st.
Thai government approved the proposal proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to allow movement to resort areas outside Phuket Prefecture after the 8 days stay. Currently, the Sandbox program requires a minimum stay of 14 nights to go to other provinces, but from August it will be shortened to 7 nights.
The target islands are 3 islands in Surat Thani (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao), Phi Phi in Krabi, Guy, Railay Beach and Khao Lak in Phang Nga, Yaoyai, and Koh Noi.
For details, please see the detailed announcement here.
Thailand uses Favipiravir, an anti-influenza drug, for domestic production of new corona
The Thai Pharmaceutical Corporation (GPO) plans to produce the anti-influenza virus drug Favipiravir in Thailand and start shipping it in August. Approved by the Thai Food and Drug Administration on July 13.
Favipiravir is widely used in Thailand for new coronavirus infections. It uses millions of tablets a month, all of which are imported from China and other countries.
Chonburi Province starts new restrictions on July 22
In Chonburi Province, Thailand, the number of new positives for the coronavirus was 620 on July 22, 2021. In response to this severe situation where the spread of infection has not stopped, new restrictions will be implemented in the province.
The following facilities will be closed from July 22nd.
・Indoor and outdoor sports facilities
・Library / bookstore
・Parks / gardens / botanical gardens, etc.
・Boxing ground, boxing school
・Hair salon / Barbershop
・Stadium / Court
The deadline for closure has not been announced and will remain in effect until further notice.
Vaccination registration started for foreigners over 60 years old, in Bangkok and surrounding provinces
COVID-19 vaccination registration has started for foreigners aged 60 and over living in Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Sakhon, and Samut Sakhon. This was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand on July 20, 2021.
The vaccine is made by AstraZeneca and this registeration is for the first dose. Vaccination location will be at Bang Sue Grand Station in Bangkok.
For foreigners aged 75 and over, walk-in inoculation has started at Bang Sue Grand Station in Bangkok. Inoculation is possible with only a passport and without pre-registration.
Phuket tightens entry restriction from other provinces from July 20
The conditions for entering Phuket from other provinces in Thailand have been tightened from July 20th.
Until now, vaccination and negative proof were required when entering Phuket from areas with high risk of infection such as Bangkok, but only during the period from July 20 to August 2, it was decided to expand the restiriction to all provinces of Thailand (76 provinces).
Regarding land entry into Phuket, entry from the Chachai checkpoint is prohibited from 11:00 pm to 4:00 am. The entry conditions for using the Phuket Sandbox are the same as before and will not change.
Regarding vaccines for entering Phuket from other prefectures, the required number of vaccinations varies depending on the type of vaccine, and the number is as follows. (If you are infected with Covid-19 and have recovered within 90 days, you should not be vaccinated).
Sinovac: 2 times
China National Pharmaceutical: 2 times
AstraZeneca: 1 time
Moderna: 1 time
Pfizer: 1 time
Johnson & Johnson: 1 time
For a negative certificate, a certificate from a medical institution for PCR or antigen testing received within 7 days is required. All children under the age of 6 who enter the border with their parents are not required. Only a negative proof is required for children between the ages of 6 and 18.