Phuket “sandbox” model adapted for Bangkok’s international airports

Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi and Don Muaeng international airports have adapted Phuket’s “sandbox’ model in the management and processing of arriving foreign tourists. Disembarkation to leaving the airports will take roughly 25 minutes, according to Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob.

Today, the transport minister assured that the two international airports, Thailand’s main air gateways, will be 100% ready to welcome the first passengers on November 1st, when the country is reopened to tourists from low-risk countries, such as the UK, Germany, Singapore and China, who are fully inoculated with recognised COVID-19 vaccines and who have tested negative for the virus within 72 hours prior to arrival.

Four other airports are also open for foreign arrivals.

For the safety of the tourists, fare based cars (taxis, Grab etc.) must be equipped with a transparent plastic partition between the passengers and the driver before they will be allowed to pick customers at the two airports.

The post-arrival screening requirement must be completed within 72 hour of arrival.

Initially, it is expected that Don Muaeng will handle about 10,000 arrivals a day, compared to about 50,000 pre COVID-19.


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