Thursday, September 23, 2021

Flights awaited as Thailand reopens for Indian tourists under 'Phuket Sand Box and Samui Plus' programmes

New Delhi: India’s favourite neighbouring holiday spot Thailand has finally reopened for desi travellers. However, as of now there is no air bubble between India and Thailand due to which there are no commercial flights between them. Both the countries are working on creating an air bubble, providing a much-needed breather to Indian airlines also.

The southeast Asian tourist magnet has permitted fully vaccinated visitors from 78 countries, including India, under its “sandbox” programmes that list the conditions for travellers. Serum Institute of India's (Covishield) is in the list of accepted vaccines that includes, among others, Pfizer and Moderna.

Indian travellers can under the “Phuket Sand Box and Samui Plus” programs, said a senior Thai Tourism official. While no quarantine is required under Phuket, there are conditions for Samui Plus (see attached graphics).

The Royal Thai Embassy in a SM post on Wednesday listed the requirement under the Phuket Sandbox. “Thai and non-Thai nationals can now travel from India to Thailand through Phuket Sandbox. (They) must complete vaccination at least 14 days (before travel). A valid Visa (if required). Health insurance covering Covid-19 minimum of US $100,000. SHA+ hotel reservation. Covid-19 testing package. RT-PCR test result within 72 hours before the flight. Certificate of Entry (COE),” the embassy’s Facebook post says.

23/09/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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