Despite Delays In Phuket Sandbox Plan, TAT Wants To Move On To Phuket 7+7 Plan

Although many of the original Sandbox plans have been delayed as Covid-19 outbreaks spread and domestic travel has been mostly shut down, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) hopes to launch its 7+7 model for travellers to stay in Phuket for one week before continuing on to a handful of other destinations.
It is proposed to allow arrivals to spend 7 days in Phuket and then spend the remainder of their arrival observation period at one of the 9 designated locations that the TAT has selected and is seeking approval from the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration.
The Thai Anti-Terrorist Team expects to launch this 7+7 plan during August, despite Covid-19 infections consistently exceeding 20,000 per day nationally and 500 per week in the Phuket Sandbox.
Surat Thani would be the first and farthest region to be included in the scheme. With the Samui Plus programme launching on July 15, albeit to paltry numbers, and flights scheduled from Phuket Sandbox to Samui Airport, opening the 7+7 scheme to the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao makes sense.
It makes sense to expand the Sandbox into the two popular holiday regions just outside of Phuket with easy transportation to each. A week after arriving in Phuket, Koh Phi Phi is opened for international travellers, along with Railay Beach and Koh Ngai in Krabi province. In the northern province of Phang Nga, Khao Lak, Kho Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi will be reopened for travellers for their second week in Thailand.
The Phuket Sandbox has so far been a success, with nearly 20,000 arrivals and more than 370,000 hotel room nights booked through September, according to a secretary for the Prime Minister’s office. More travellers come from the US, UK, Israel, and Germany. Bangkok. Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, Prachuap Khiri Khan, and Chon Buri have been the top 5 destinations after Phuket.

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