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Sandbox Expats in Phuket Have Been Left Stranded Due To Suspension Of Local Flights

August 4, 2021

Sandbox tourists left stranded in Phuket after all domestic flights were suspended after the severe Covid-19 outbreak will be offered a special bus transfer service to Suvarnabhumi airport as an ad hoc solution.
Those planning to take a flight from Suvarnabhumi to their other destinations will be able to use the service, while those intending to return to Phuket can do so as return flights are available there, as usual, said Phuket governor Narong Wunsiew recently.
The bus transfer service will be available on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays until Aug 16, he said. It will cost 1,500 baht per person.
He said the bus leaves Central Phuket Festival at 5am and stops at a PTT petrol station in Thalang district at 5.30 am before heading to Suvarnabhumi, where it is scheduled to arrive at 9 pm the same day.
Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus-certified hotels can only book Sandbox Express Bus service, he said.
Several tourists who arrived at the Phuket Sandbox on July 1, 2021, had to return home after spending some time there.
Narong noted that many of these Phuket Sandbox tourists had planned further travel after Phuket before the pandemic situation became so serious.
Several of these tourists are Thais who wished to leave Phuket after the required 14-day stay was fulfilled, and most have no problems continuing to their destinations, he said.
“Only some of these Thai tourists – and their foreign counterparts – who wish to go on to the other provinces now require assistance, and the province is working with the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on ways to ensure their comfort,” said the governor.
Based on its stringent control measures for Covid-19, Phuket is considered the safest place in Thailand in terms of outbreaks.
Due to the suspension of domestic flights on July 20, the travel plans of numerous Phuket Sandbox tourists who finished their 14-day stay have been affected, according to Nanthasiri Ronsiri, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Phuket office.
It is likely that many of them wanted to travel to other destinations in Thailand before going to Bangkok and leaving the country via Suvarnabhumi, she said.
When tourists inquire about traveling to other provinces, the office now tries to convince them to stay on in Phuket for their own safety and offers them special tourism programs,” the official said.
Those who insist on traveling to Bangkok have only the bus transfer service as an option, she said, while Nok Air is still in talks with the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand about operating a one-way flight from Phuket to U-Tapao airport specifically for Phuket Sandbox passengers.
Thailand’s top land transport official says drivers of buses transporting passengers to Suvarnabhumi airport are subject to strict Covid-19 control measures when they return to Phuket. This is because Suvarnabhumi is in the dark-red zone, where the outbreak situation is critical.
Phuket Sandbox has welcomed 14,055 tourists over the past month.

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Interprovincial Bus Services Are Suspended In Dark Red Provinces

July 22, 2021

Department of Land Transport has suspended all public transportation services interprovincially within the 13 “dark red” provinces under maximum control to stop the spread of Coronavirus, it announced on July 21, 2021. Domestic flights into and out of those provinces have also been suspended. At least until August 2, 2021, the suspensions are in place.
Public transportation company BorKorSor announced that interprovincial bus services in the northern, northeastern, eastern, and southern regions are suspended until August 2. Parcels will still be delivered by bus. The president of the transport company said the suspension was related to the government’s announcement to avoid interprovincial travel to prevent infection from Covid-19.
As announced by the Civil Aviation Authority, domestic flights to and from “dark red” provinces would be suspended through August 2, with the expectation of flights for medical services and connections for those traveling through “Phuket Sandbox” or “Samui Plus” reopening schemes.
Just before the suspension, many people decided to leave Bangkok. A number of people returned to their hometowns from Bangkok’s Don Muang International Airport. This morning, some people traveled home by van. On July 21, 2021, 30 public vans operated routes to Chon Buri and Rayong before the services were suspended at 1 pm.

Bangkok

Bangkok city buses continue to run, but the number of passengers allowed has been reduced to 50% and social distancing is enforced. The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority also changed the bus timetable from 5 am to 9 pm to abide by restrictions imposed by the government.
The BTS SkyTrain will also adjust its service timetable as part of the government’s disease control measures. At 8 p.m., the last train leaves the terminal stations. The date is July 22, 2021. The first train on the Sukhumvit line departs from the terminal stations at 5:15 am, and the first train on the Silom line departs at 5:30 am.

“Dark Red” provinces

A number of checkpoints are being put in place in the provinces to monitor interprovincial travel. Those traveling out of “dark red” provinces will need to request approval in advance.
The 13 “dark red” provinces are Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Chon Buri, Chachoengsao, Ayutthaya, Yala, Pattani, Songkhla, and Narathiwat.

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