Today the CCSA has provided a post meeting update regarding Thailand’s COVID19 situation, it will indefinitely continue the suspension of registration for the Test & Go scheme. All 69 provinces are now categorised as a controlled areas (orange zone) except the 8 pilot tourism/sandbox areas (blue zone), which include Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Krabi, Chonburi, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phang Nga, Phuket and some districts in other provinces that considered as the pilot tourism areas.
For the Test and Go scheme, those who have already received QR code can still travel to Thailand as scheduled under test and go measures. Travellers, who are already approved to enter Thailand under the Test & Go quarantine exemption program, have until January 15 to arrive.
One positive is the addition of 3 Sandbox Provinces: Surat Thani (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao), Phang Nga (the whole province) and Krabi (the whole province).
The CCSA also decided to highly recommend all government agencies to begin implementing the Work from Home measure until 31 January 2022.
The entertainment venues such as pub/bar/karaoke are are allowed to temporarily open as restaurants from 16 January 2022. The venues are required to strictly exercise the COVID-free measures and need to be approved by the provincial authority before 15 January 2022.
For the provinces/areas in the blue zone, an alcoholic beverage consumption in the restaurants is allowed until 21.00 hrs. under COVID-Free Settings and only in the restaurant that received the SHA plus certificate.
Prior restrictions for travellers from Africa will be lifted. Therefore, international travellers from all countries can enter Thailand while undergoing the same measures. From 11 January 2022 onwards, travellers can register to enter Thailand through Sandbox scheme via Surat Thani Sandbox, Phang Nga Sandbox and Krabi Sandbox which is an extension from the Phuket Sandbox scheme in order to reduce limited capacities for Phuket.