Unexpected Covid Tests Fees Impend A Canadian Couple’s Phuket Sandbox Holiday

Do you want to travel to Thailand during the pandemic as a tourist with a tourist visa? You don’t mind going through Phuket or Samui, and you don’t mind the flip-flopping on your travel conditions? You still want to travel to Thailand for a holiday on a tourist visa during this period.

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After spending time doing quarantine in Phuket with the Phuket Sandbox program, a retired Canadian couple requested to be transferred to Phi Phi island and Samui as part of their holiday plan. But that would cost them an extra 35,000 baht or about $1,100 USD. This is only for the covid tests and other additional testing done in the sandbox.

That is on top of 3 tests the couple did during their quarantine that cost 16,000 baht or about $500 USD. Keep in mind the couple is fully vaccinated with the Phizer vaccine. While some countries offer free covid testing, local Thais can pay about 100 baht or about $3.50 USD for an antigen test. The Canadian couple in the story claims they had to pay about $100 per test.

The couple said they arrived in Phuket on September 7 and stayed for the mandated 14-night quarantine. Although that was supposed to be 7-day, it appeared it was still 14-night mandatory quarantine.

The couple tested negative and had all their paperwork done.

Their plan to travel to Thailand has based on the Tourism Authority of Thailand advisory that all 3 test results are negative. After a 14-night period in Phuket, you will be able to travel domestically within Thailand freely.

But what the couple didn’t know, things can change on a whim here. That advisory of 3 test results being negative and after 14 nights in Phuket allow you to travel freely in Thailand was updated.

The couple pointed out that they were precisely the type of tourists the Tourism Authority of Thailand asked to come to Thailand on holiday through the Sandbox scheme. Not including the cost of air tickets, the couple were set to spend $16,000 on their 11 weeks holiday in Thailand.

What the couple did not anticipate was, shortly after, they arrived in Phuket. The island suffered an outbreak, and the officials made some adjustments to the testing.

One of the couples said, “If I had known this before, I would have gone to Portugal and spent my time there with no issues of any kind,”

He continues… “When we applied to come here, we were given to believe that after two weeks in Phuket, and three negative tests, we are free to travel within Thailand, but that does not seem to be the case.”

Anyone in the Phuket or Samui sandbox right now or recently came out from them? What was your experience? Would you recommend the sandbox program or give it a pass? Let us know in the comment section.

Source: PhuketNews.com


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