African tourists can apply for “Thailand Pass” under “sandbox” program

Tourists from African countries will be able to apply for the “Thailand Pass” to enter the country under the “sandbox” program from Tuesday, as Thailand adjusts foreign entry requirements to reflect the changing COVID-19 situation, particularly as concerns the Omicron variant.

Under the “sandbox” scheme, foreign travellers must stay at accredited hotels in “sandbox” provinces for at least five days, to enable observation of their condition before they travel elsewhere.

According to the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, foreign travellers entering Thailand under this alternative quarantine program must be fully inoculated, in accordance with the Thai Public Health Ministry’s regulations, and will be subjected to seven days quarantine instead of 14 days.

Those who have not been vaccinated or who are not fully inoculated will be isolated in quarantine facilities for ten days, he said, adding that travellers who want to enter Thailand under other programs, rather than via alternative quarantine, must reapply.

Currently, tourists with a “Thailand Pass” planning to enter Thailand under the “Test and Go” scheme can still do so until January 15th, after which the “Test and Go” program will be suspended until further notice.


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