BANGKOK, Jan 21 (dpa): Thailand has been reluctant to reopen its borders to tourists, most recently reintroducing a mandatory seven-day quarantine period after having eased rules for vaccinated and recovered travellers last year.
The only region exempt from the new quarantine rule was the popular holiday island Phuket, but another three regions have now been added to the so-called Sandbox scheme, the Tourism Authority of Thailand announced in January.
International travelleres who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from a coronavirus infection are now allowed to enter the coastal regions Krabi, Phang Nga, and Surat Thani for a quarantine-free stay of seven nights.
After this period, they are allowed to visit the entire country of Thailand.
Travelleres are required to present a negative PCR test result when entering the country. They will also need to take another test before leaving the Sandbox region.
Unvaccinated holidaymakers are not eligible to participate in the scheme.
When entering Thailand, they are still required to quarantine at a hotel for 10 days.
All tourists need to apply for the so-called Thailand Pass in advance. - dpa