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What does 7+7 get you in Thailand?

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With the latest "Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension" plan, more travel options in Thailand open up for fully vaccinated international travellers.
With the latest "Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension" plan, more travel options in Thailand open up for fully vaccinated international travellers. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Taechit Taechamanodom

The Thai government has given the green light for the "Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension" plan, which allows fully vaccinated international travellers to visit multiple destinations in Thailand without the need to quarantine.

Starting from 16 August 2021, the “Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension” programme allows eligible international travellers to reduce the mandatory stay in Phuket from 14 to seven days, after which another seven nights can be spent in Krabi (Koh Phi Phi, Koh Ngai, or Railay), Phang-Nga (Khao Lak or Koh Yao), or Surat Thani (Koh Samui, Koh Pha-ngan, or Koh Tao).

The existing entry measures in place for the Phuket Sandbox programme, which was launched on 1 July, remain unchanged for the 7+7 extension, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

However, travellers planning to spend another seven nights outside of Phuket must obtain a transfer form issued by their hotel in Phuket indicating that they have stayed in Phuket for seven nights, together with the negative results of their two Covid-19 tests (conducted on Day 0 and Day 6-7 in Phuket).

Travelling from Phuket to the selected areas in Krabi, Phang-Nga, or Surat Thai is available only via approved routes and modes of transport.
Travelling from Phuket to the selected areas in Krabi, Phang-Nga, or Surat Thai is available only via approved routes and modes of transport. Photo Credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Travelling from Phuket to the selected areas in Krabi, Phang-Nga, or Surat Thai is available only via approved routes and modes of transport.

Once travellers have completed the seven-night extension in Krabi, Phang-Nga and Surat Thani (Samui Plus), and are tested negative in their third Covid-19 test (conducted on Day 12-13), they will receive a ‘release form’ from their hotel and will be able to continue their journey to other destinations in Thailand.

If the stay in Krabi, Phang-Nga or Surat Thani (Samui+) is less than seven nights, travellers must proceed directly to Phuket International Airport on the day of departure.

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