Thailand Travel Guide – Test and Go scheme has been suspended indefinitely. Additionally, the CCSA announced that January 15 will be the last day of pre-approved arrivals of the recently suspended Test and Go program.
The suspension of the program has had devastating impacts on the tourism sector. It results in an estimated loss due to the cancellation of the scheme is said to reach up to 7 billion baht. Many operators are proposing to enter the sandbox scheme as an alternative.
The government has approved the inclusion of 6 destinations into the sandbox program. Koh Samui, Koh Pangan, Koh Tao, Krabi, Phangnga, and Phuket were added. Additionally, Pattaya and Bangkok operators are also proposing to include both provinces in the sandbox. Operators argued that the recent order to work from home has canceled many events, meetings, and bookings in both provinces. Also, they have sighted Bangkok as the gateway to the country and must be included in the program.
January is among the high seasons for the tourism industry. This year’s season did not yield much profit for operators due to the surge in omicron cases in the country. The government is trying its best to balance public safety and tourism. They try their best to navigate through the challenges posed by the new variant.
All arrivals who were not approved for the sandbox scheme must undergo a quarantine period. After which they will be allowed to travel. The arrivals include all tourists and returnees from abroad.
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