Known for dreamy resorts and sandy beaches, Thailand has always been a popular holiday destination for many. It's easily the top pick when it comes to some of the best island destinations in the world.
In July 2021, the country reopened its borders to international travellers with the launch of the Phuket Sandbox. The programme saw an overwhelming response from people across the globe which led to upgraded measures approved by Thailand's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Keep reading to find out how these recent updates will benefit your future trip to Thailand!
Can I travel to Thailand?
Thailand’s tourism industry was brought to a standstill by the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. In efforts to revive its tourism industry, Phuket Sandbox was launched in July 2021 as the first pilot ‘island tourism approach’, where fully vaccinated travellers are allowed to enter Phuket without quarantine.
In the latest news, the Phuket Sandbox programme has recently been upgraded to the "Phuket Sandbox 7 + 7 Extension" where fully vaccinated travellers will only need to fulfill a minimum stay of 7 days instead of the initial 14 days. After this period, sandbox tourists are free to travel to other "sealed route" destinations (more on this below).
P.S. Read more about other travelling requirements and whether you're eligible to enter Thailand.
What other destinations can I visit as a sandbox tourist?
According to Tourism Authority of Thailand, the 7+7 model will take place for seven tourist attractions that are considered to be "sealed route" destinations. Check them out below:
- Surat Thani province: Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao
- Phangnga province: Khao Lak, Kho Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi
- Krabi province: Koh Phi Phi, Railay Beach and Koh Ngai in Krabi
What else is there to do in Thailand?
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There are plenty of other things you can look forward to in Thailand! Explore hidden gems in places like Wang Nam Khiao, experience the different local markets and fill your suitcase with Muslim-friendly snacks as souvenirs to bring home. We definitely can't wait to plan an exciting trip to Thailand - so in the meantime, keep yourself inspired with these articles that'll come in handy:
- 14 Must-Try Muslim-Friendly Street Food In Bangkok
- 8 Halal Items From 7-Eleven You Should Get On Your Next Thailand Trip
- 10 Muslim-Friendly Resorts In Thailand For Your Ultimate Vacation