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TAT Touts The Phuket Sand Box First Month A Success. With A Reported Total Of 829 Million Baht Of Revenue Generated

TAT Touts The Phuket Sand Box First Month A Success. With A Reported Total Of 829 Million Baht Of Revenue Generated

Many of you will have read recently about what they dubbed the “Phuket Sandbox” and although it was met with some skepticism, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, otherwise known as TAT has declared it to be a major success.

So is the first strike against the Covid 19 restrictions being lifted, and will it continue to grow?

As you know, it is mandatory in Thailand to be in possession of Covid Travel Insurance for Thailand even if you are taking part in a sandbox type scheme. 

In this latest blog, we take a closer look at the scheme so far.

Was The Phuket Sandbox Successful?

As far as the officials at TAT are concerned, “yes”. They released the official figures in August for the sandbox plans’ first month and those figures were that over 14,000 visitors from across a wide range of countries had taken part in the scheme and holidayed successfully.

This generated a substantial revenue for the hard hit tourist industry of around 829 million Thai baht this would mean that for the reported 14.000 international holidaymakers who arrived, on average they spent around 59,000 Thai baht each. (approx $1800)

This would have been spread across the 3 main tourist spend channels of accommodation, food & drinks and shopping.

Who Visited?

According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the USA saw the largest number of international visitors with over 1,800 travelers. In second place was the UK, who had around 1,558 visitors.

There were significant numbers from other European countries as well as domestic tourists from Thailand

 All of these visitors would have had to adhere to the strict rules of visiting Thailand under the sand box scheme and this would have included the mandatory Covid Travel Insurance for Thailand

The TAT have stated that they are confident that numbers of international and domestic visitors and domestic visitors will increase over the next few months.

For those people working in the leisure and tourism industry, this will definitely be seen as a success. Hoteliers have filled some of their long empty rooms, restaurants are welcoming visitors and the beachside traders will have shifted some stock.

For these people, just a small amount of income can be a lifesaver.

What’s Next?

With the growing number of vaccinations and up to 90% of Phuket residents having received their first dose, things are looking promising. Following the initial success of the Phuket Sandbox program, the TAT are keen to look at setting up other sandbox type schemes with plans for Phang Nga and Krabi.

This could mean the beginning of the much talked about 7+7 scheme where visitors under the scheme could spend 7 days in Phuket and then a further 7 days in another sandboxed location such as Krabi.

Stay Safe

Great to see tourism in Thailand getting a boost and at One2go insurance we are available to answer any questions regarding Covid Travel Insurance for Thailand or you can easily book your insurance on our website.

Be assured the Thai Government fully backed all our policies.

Happy Travels.

Thailand Bans Harmful Sunscreen At All National Parks

Thailand Bans Harmful Sunscreen At All National Parks

It will be wonderful for tourists to get back to travelling to Thailand again, but remember, COVID rules will still apply in many instances.

There have also been some other recent changes and in this latest blog we highlight one of them that could catch you out on your holidays.

Of course, you won’t get caught out with your travel insurance if you use One2go as a leading provider of Covid Travel Insurance for Thailand whose policies are all approved by the Thai Government.

But let’s tackle new legislation changes in Thailand’s National Park’s.

Changes to protect Parks

A visit to one of Thailand’s beautiful National Park’s is always high on many tourists’ agenda, but if you are fair skinned, you may need to think about your sunscreen protection, otherwise you may be left a little red faced!

Thailand has announced new laws to protect the delicate marine corals and marine life in the parks, which the kingdom is rightly proud of.

The laws were enacted following recent studies that showed that sunscreens which contained the chemicals Oxybenzone, Butylparaben, Methylbenzyl and Octinoxate where potentially harmful to Corals and Marine life and would inadvertently cause damage to the delicate reefs which could subsequently cause imbalances in the reef area and would be detrimental to its inhabitants.

So the Department of National Park’s posted notice that all sunscreens containing these chemicals would henceforth be banned within all national parks in Thailand.

Now to some, this may seem harsh and you might think with the ongoing pandemic it would be more important to focus on what tourists requirements are to get in the country such as mandatory Covid Travel Insurance for Thailand

Coral is actually a living organism, but grows at a very slow rate. (1-2 centimetres per annum) Often when a Coral formation is destroyed, it does not grow back, and if it did it would take hundreds of years.

So hence the stance from the National Parks department that conservation needs to be highly proactive, and the thinking behind the banning of sunscreens that are deemed to be dangerous to the coral and marine life in national parks is to preserve them.

What Can You Do?

Firstly “take it seriously” as there are some hefty fines if you ignore the rules, but don’t worry too much as there are many sunscreen products on the market that do not contain the banned chemicals and local manufacturers in Thailand will be reviewing their product ingredients to ensure compliance.

But make sure you are well protected from the sometimes fierce Sun as a visit to a local clinic or hospital with sunburn can definitely ruin the holiday vibe.

At One2Go insurance, we make things easy as you can simply book your travel insurance directly on our website and receive your documents within 24 hours

The Thai Government approves all our policies for Covid Travel Insurance for Thailand and will give you plenty of peace of mind if you succumb to the sun or get caught without sunscreen.

Remember, it is mandatory by Thai law that all Non-Thai nationals entering the country require Travel Insurance covering Covid 19 up to the value of $100,000 USD

Stay safe and enjoy your travels.

Thailand’s And Australia Agreement To Pursue Strategic Economic Partnership

Thailand’s And Australia Agreement To Pursue Strategic Economic Partnership

As the world starts to show signs of returning to normal, every country is keen to get its economy bouncing back and there is some significant news for Thailand with the recent agreement with Australia regarding an improved economic partnership.

Of course any series of meetings requires travel and we are still in the covid era.

So in this blog we take a quick look at the agreement and also what businesses and politicians will have to still face when travelling.

The rules as they stand still require that visitors will need Covid Travel Insurance.for Thailand.

Agreement Is Good For Thailand

Jurin Lakanawisit Thailand’s commerce minister was buoyant after the meeting with Australis Dan Tehan, who is the Australian Minister for tourism, investment and trade.

After discussions at length, it was agreed by both parties that they would pursue a partnership that would boost bilateral investment and trade and forge an even stronger economic partnership than before.

These initiatives will be in addition to the “Tafta” Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement, which has been in effect since 2005

They both Ministers agreed that the expansion and increased two-way trade would be of economic benefit to both countries and would help secure investment into Thailand.

The major areas of focus would be education, food supplies, eCommerce, the healthcare sector and, of course, tourism.

Tourism is a huge economic driver for Thailand and the entire country is looking forward to welcoming back business and tourist visitors from Australia and the rest of the globe.

As mentioned, you will need Covid Travel Insurance for Thailand and we make things easy, allowing you to book directly on our website for policies that the Thai Government has approved. 

So once this gets ratified with an official signing it can only mean good things for Thailand, and may well spur other SE Asian countries to speed up the process of the “RCEP” Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership which with the inclusion of Japan, China and Singapore could make it one of the worlds largest free trade type agreements and another huge deal for Thailand.

Just like a footnote, the Thai Government has already pressed the RCEP through parliament and ratified the agreement in February of this year.

Travelling For Business and Pleasure

So splendid news all round for the Kingdom of Thailand and like everyone, any glimmer of light on an economic and travel recovery is a blessing.

Looks like lots of business trips in and out of the country and Thailand will be getting ready to welcome back tourists soon.

So make sure you are fully covered and travelling as safely as possible with the right insurance cover in place.

Remember, as we write, it is mandatory by Thai law that all Non-Thai nationals entering the country require Travel Insurance with covid 19 cover to the minimum value of $100,000. So you must have Covid Travel Insurance for Thailand in place before you travel.

The Thai Government and embassies for visa applications approves all of One2go insurance policies.

 We have helped thousands of business travellers and tourists.

With the economic boom, these latest strategic partnership agreements will bring, get your business trip booked now.

Phuket officials plan to vaccinate 100,000 people next month

Phuket officials plan to vaccinate 100,000 people next month

Officials on the southern island of Phuket are aiming to vaccinate 100,000 residents as a first step in meeting the deadline for a July 1 re-opening. Under the approved “Sandbox” model, foreign tourists can enter Phuket from that date without having to undergo mandatory quarantine, provided 70% of the island’s population has been vaccinated. A tall order…

Nation Thailand reports that Phuket governor, Narong Woonclew, has met with the relevant agencies and community leaders to discuss how vaccine doses will be allocated. He is calling on all Phuket residents to prepare for vaccination by signing up on the provincial health office website.

In order to meet the criteria for the planned July 1 re-opening, at least 466,587 Phuket residents need to receive 2 vaccine doses. At the meeting, officials agreed an initial goal of vaccinating 100,000 residents next month. Narong says Phuket will then receive a further 300,000 doses in May, followed by 200,000 in June, and 260,000 in July. This adds up to a total of 920,000 doses.

The Thaiger recently conducted an informal poll to gauge the response to the “Sandbox” plan. The responses seem to indicate a degree of scepticism among the local expat population, with 54% believing the plan will fail. Many point to an unwillingness among Thais to accept the vaccine, while others say the government is ignoring the fact that many countries have placed travel restrictions on their citizens. The plan also appears to ignore the expat population on the island.

Despite the less-than-enthusiastic response in some quarters, Phuket’s governor is urging residents to register for vaccination before March 31, adding that if at least 50,000 people don’t register, future vaccine procurement may be affected.

 

If you are interested in great value Covid-19 travel insurance then be sure to check out our link.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

Jabs rollout revs up amid tourism hope. Phuket, Samui plan for July reopening

Jabs rollout revs up amid tourism hope. Phuket, Samui plan for July reopening

The Public Health Ministry is speeding up vaccinations in Phuket and Koh Samui to prepare them for the anticipated return of foreign tourists in July.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Monday spoke about the Phuket private sector’s request for 900,000 AstraZeneca doses, saying the request would likely be approved since the government had secured five million doses for June and 10 million more each month after that.

Mr Anutin insisted there would be sufficient Covid-19 doses in the country and Thailand would have over one million doses if it could secure more doses next month. Of course one of the most important aspects is to ensure you have adequate travel insurance.

The minister said the latest batch of 800,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine had been allocated to at-risk provinces such as Samut Sakhon and other tourist towns but Phuket would receive 100,000 doses and Koh Samui 50,000.

Mr Anutin added that one million doses would be allocated to the armed forces but he could not confirm the anticipated reopening date for foreign travellers on July 1.

Regarding the Covid-19 measures for the Songkran festival, the minister said the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) had not yet finalised the measures.

The situation was still under control, Mr Anutin said, despite new clusters being found in Bangkok and Samut Prakan.

On Koh Samui, district chief Theerapong Chuaychu who is in charge of the district’s disease control centre, said foreign tourists on the island would be quarantined under the Samui Sealed Route Model as follows:

Upon arrival, tourists will be transported from the airport to hotels in a closed system.

They will receive a swab test on the second or third day after arrival, with results expected in three hours, during which time tourists must stay in their quarantine hotel room.

“If they test negative, tourists will be allowed to travel in areas designated by the Samui district disease control centre,” he said.

Tourists will receive a swab test again on their seventh day on the island and will be allowed to change hotel and travel around Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao if their test again comes back negative.

After 14 days, tourists will be allowed to travel to other provinces as normal.

Samui has been approved in principle to be the first area in the country to reopen to foreign tourists.

A Bangkok Airways flight will take tourists from Singapore to the island on July 1, according to the Tourism Association of Koh Samui.

Original Source: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2087927/jabs-rollout-revs-up-amid-tourism-hope

Traveling to Thailand during Covid-19:What you need to know before you go

Traveling to Thailand during Covid-19:What you need to know before you go

(CNN) — If you’re planning to travel to Thailand, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

THE BASICS

Thailand has recorded 88 deaths and over 27,000 cases of Covid-19 as of March 11. All travelers need to obtain a Certificate of Entry which of course includes the need for comprehensive COVID-19 travel insurance in order to enter Thailand and are subject to a 14-day quarantine at a state-approved facility.

WHAT’S ON OFFER

Picture-perfect islands. Golden beaches with swaying palms. Ornate temples and lush forests. Thailand has long been the go-to destination for those after a no-nonsense, easy-on-the-eye tropical break.

WHO CAN GO

Holders of US, Canada, UK and Australia passports are among those not required to obtain a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay in Thailand for a period not exceeding 45 days on each visit. However, they are still required to obtain the Certificate of Entry and quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Tourists from countries not on the visa exemption list can apply for a Special Tourist Visa (STV) .All travelers who have received a Certificate of Entry are required to download the ThailandPlus Application and register. Upon arrival in Thailand they will have to show a QR code that will be scanned by the Thai authorities upon arrival.

WHAT ARE THE RESTRICTIONS?

Travelers entering under the “Tourist visa exemption scheme” can stay for up to 45 days. Meanwhile, the STV, introduced in October 2020, allows for 90-day stays, and can be renewed twice. Having initially been offered to travelers from low-risk countries, it is now available to travelers from all countries worldwide. You must apply for an STV via the Thai consulate or embassy in your own country, along with a Certificate of Entry. Travelers must also provide proof of an insurance policy that covers treatment for Covid-19 up to the cost of $100,000 and a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. A PCR test must be taken on arrival, after which all travelers must quarantine for 14 days at government-approved quarantine facilities or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facilities. This can include luxury hotels, some of which have developed quarantine packages.A full list of participating hotels and resorts, along with package rates, can be found here: asq.locanation.com.On March 10, the Tourism Authority of Thailand announced the launch of a “Digital Yacht Quarantine” program to attract yacht travelers to Phuket as the country reopens to visitors.To take advantage of the new scheme yacht travelers will be tested by Thai authorities and then be given a digital health tracker.The tracker will allow medical officials to monitor their pulse, blood pressure and body temperature in real time.Visitors have to wear the tracker at all times and remain within 10 kilometers of the shore, but are otherwise free to spend the 14-day quarantine period as they wish.

WHAT’S THE COVID SITUATION?

For months, Thailand reported few locally transmitted Covid-19 cases thanks to strict quarantine on arrival rules. However, a spike in cases in December following an outbreak at a shrimp market in Samut Sakhon, a province southwest of Bangkok, led the government to reintroduce various measures aimed at containing the virus. These restrictions have since been eased in most areas as case numbers dropped and interprovincial travel is permitted.

DAILY REPORTED COVID-19 CASES

WHAT CAN VISITORS EXPECT?

In Bangkok, masks are worn at all times in public, both indoors and out, while temperature checks are the norm. The government has recently lifted restrictions imposed during the second wave in late December. Bangkok bars were permitted to reopen on February 22, though they have to close by 11 p.m. Restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol again as well. Theme parks, museums and fitness centers are permitted to open. Most beaches and national parks remain open, though some have imposed restrictions. Areas within driving distance of Bangkok have been able to benefit from domestic tourists, but other normally popular destinations such as Phuket and Koh Samui haven’t been as fortunate. Visitors to these destinations will find empty beaches and heavily discounted accommodation options.

USEFUL LINKS

Thai Embassy, Certificate of Entry detailsCertificate of Entry formSpecial Tourist VisaTourism Authority of Thailand Newsroom

OUR LATEST COVERAGE

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Most travelers who have backpacked through Asia have spent at least a few days on Bangkok’s Khao San Road. We take a closer look at how the busy thoroughfare evolved from a rice market into the world’s most famous travel hub. Phuket is one of the world’s best known beach resorts, and is also home to one of the world’s best beaches for plane-spotting. Planning to head there? Be sure to check out Pru, Phuket’s first and only Michelin-starred restaurant. Meanwhile, resort towns within driving distance of Bangkok are taking advantage of locals’ urge to travel. Among these is the seaside town of Hua Hin. Here’s a look at how resorts there have adapted to the pandemic.

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