Connect with us


Thailand News Update | Test & Go, Sandboxes and Blue Zones?

Thaiger Video



Last Friday’s announced new Covid-19 restrictions and regulations were passed into law yesterday and enacted in the Royal Gazette. The Test & Go program, that allowed people to enter without quarantine, requiring only a short wait while their PCR test results came back, has been suspended indefinitely since December 22. So new applications for Test & Go into Thailand are not an option at this stage, for anyone.There had been a panic for those who had already been approved for a Thailand Pass under the Test & Go scheme. A PowerPoint slide during a presentation by the CCSA on Friday had the cut-off date of January 15 for those already approved to enter.But the CCSA later walked back that date, saying that it was a proposal only that ended up being broadcast on television, and then published far and wide. Bottomline, for the time being, if you have an approved Test & Go application, and the QR code to get into the country, you should – in theory – be allowed to enter Thailand on your original booking, with no confirmed cut off date. For now, the CCSA has announced that Phuket will be joined by 3 more Sandbox programmes through which people can enter the country using a 7 day soft quarantine where they can merrily roam around a region, without being confined to their hotel. After 7 days in a Sandbox area, travellers can move onto any other part of Thailand.So, from tomorrow, January 11, incoming international travellers will be able to apply for a Sandbox program anywhere in the provinces of Krabi and Phang Nga, as well as the 3 Surat Thani province islands of Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao.There will also be a full quarantine option for other parts of the country where the length of stay ranges from 7 to 14 days, depending on where you are travelling from and whether you’ve been fully vaccinated or not.Applications for the 4 Sandboxes open on the Thailand Pass website from tomorrow, Thai time.Now to the Blue Zone provinces and districts… having become more significant because the serving of alcohol has been banned in 69 of Thailand’s 77 provinces as of yesterday.Blue zones have fewer restrictions which still allow alcohol to be served until 9 pm in restaurants that have received an SHA+ certification. We also recognise that there have been many bars and clubs that have been quickly converted makeshift restaurants to sail through this loophole in the Blue Zone provinces.Now, to make things more confusing, in addition to the eight published Blue Zone provinces, the CCSA has added 18 DISTRICTS that are now are labelled blue zone areas INSIDE provinces that are orange zones and restricted.There’s a full description of where these districts are at thethaiger.comAs far as the rest of the country is concerned, the 69 provinces designated as orange zones, you can operate most businesses as normal with Covid-19 precautions, including restaurants though they are not allowed to sell alcohol. Gyms, parks, sports fields, and swimming pools can also open, though sporting events must have attendance capped at 75% for outdoor venues and 50% for indoor venues.Salons, massage parlours, spas, and tattoo parlours are allowed to open until midnight. Again, the full list of all these details at thethaiger.comWhile the Omicron variant is now estimated to account for about 30% of all new Covid infections in Thailand, experts believe that the actual number of cases of the strain is massively underreported. Dr Yong Poovorawan, the chief of the Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology at Chulalongkorn University, says that the more intensive testing to identify not just a Covid infection, but the Omicron variant itself, is not being done frequently enough to identify the Omicron variant.Dr Yong believes this to be the case in Thailand but also in many countries around the world, saying that the true number of Omicron variant infections is likely much higher than what has been reported globally. The problem is, while we have multiple testing methods available widely to detect a Covid-19 infection, identifying the Omicron strain requires genome analysis tests.Right now, Thailand can only test samples for Omicron in Bangkok and nearby provinces, but Dr Yong predicts that at least 30% of infections across the country are now of the highly contagious strain. Meanwhile, the Department of Disease Control says Delta is still the dominant variant in Thailand, estimating 70% to 80% of all current infections are Delta.On the bright side, Omicron is proving to be a weaker strain despite being a lot more transmissible, so severe symptoms and death rates have been lower, so far. After a shooting on Friday at a Phuket City Fresh Market, that left 3 injured and 2 dead, police announced yesterday that they have apprehended a suspect in the case. Investigators have been tracking the man’s escape after he fled the scene of the crime and managed to pick him up yesterday morning. He allegedly confessed to the crime and blamed financial hardships for his business and personal depression.The shooter was identified as a 47 year from Songkhla who operated one of the seafood stalls right in the area where the shooting took place. He had initially called the police, saying he was surrendering, but instead went on the run.The man’s SUV was abandoned at Laem Hin Pier and CCTV footage captured him boarding a longtail boat towards Coconut Island. But the boat headed to Krabi province instead.He had a car waiting for him that took off towards his home province of Songkhla and he fled to his hometown in Hat Yai. He was eventually taken into custody and held at the Hat Yai Police Station until around 3:30 am when Phuket City Investigation Unit officers picked him up and transported him on the 7 hour journey back to Phuket where he faces formal charges today.And in Chiang Mai, authorities have closed 23 restaurants from between 3 days and 2 weeks over the weekend. The order came as Chiang Mai battles with increased Covid-19 infections like most of the country.Officials inspected the 23 restaurants to see that they had closed as ordered, finding that some had already closed, even before the official order closing them. Others were not aware of the order until the officials showed up and informed them. 4 restaurants were ordered by the Chiang Mai Disease Control Committee to shut down for 2 full weeks, while another 4 were ordered to close for a week. The remaining 15 restaurants were ordered to close for just a 3 day cleanup. A list of all the affected restaurants at thethaiger.comAnd important regional news, after nearly a year of deadly conflict between the Burmese military junta that overthrew the government and citizen protesters and rebel insurgent groups, the Burmese junta chief has declared a ceasefire in Myanmar after a controversial meeting with Cambodian PM Hun Sen. The meeting of the Cambodian PM and the Burmese army chief was held on Friday, after months of ASEAN trying to send an envoy to negotiate peace in Myanmar.The Burmese Junta leader says that he was asking in the interest of the people of Myanmar that all parties stay calm and refrain from any more violence in acceptance of the peace treaty.In a surprising change of course, Min Aung Hlaing says he welcomed the Special Ambassador to Myanmar from ASEAN to take part in the ceasefire talks with representatives from the Ethnic Armed Organisations after months of treading water trying to get representatives from the countries of Southeast Asia into Myanmar with no progress.Hun Sen was the first foreign leader on Burmese soil since the coup last February. He spent two days on the ground in hopes of finding solutions to the political crisis and opening up the military junta to constructive talks with countries in the region that have a stake in the stability of Myanmar and Southeast Asia.


If you need assistance with your Thailand Pass application you can enlist the services of Team by using their Full Service Thailand Pass service (average approval time 12-48 hours).


Subscribe or Join our YouTube channel today and become a Thaiger Legend or a Thaiger Cub for behind the scenes footage and other member-only perks.


Get more from The Thaiger

Looking for your next home in Thailand? Let us match you with a local expert in minutes!

Thank you for your interest!

One of our agents will
reach out to you soon.

I want to:
  • Thailand (ไทย)+66
  • United States+1
  • United Kingdom+44
  • Australia+61
  • Afghanistan (‫افغانستان‬‎)+93
  • Albania (Shqipëri)+355
  • Algeria (‫الجزائر‬‎)+213
  • American Samoa+1684
  • Andorra+376
  • Angola+244
  • Anguilla+1264
  • Antigua and Barbuda+1268
  • Argentina+54
  • Armenia (Հայաստան)+374
  • Aruba+297
  • Australia+61
  • Austria (Österreich)+43
  • Azerbaijan (Azərbaycan)+994
  • Bahamas+1242
  • Bahrain (‫البحرين‬‎)+973
  • Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ)+880
  • Barbados+1246
  • Belarus (Беларусь)+375
  • Belgium (België)+32
  • Belize+501
  • Benin (Bénin)+229
  • Bermuda+1441
  • Bhutan (འབྲུག)+975
  • Bolivia+591
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (Босна и Херцеговина)+387
  • Botswana+267
  • Brazil (Brasil)+55
  • British Indian Ocean Territory+246
  • British Virgin Islands+1284
  • Brunei+673
  • Bulgaria (България)+359
  • Burkina Faso+226
  • Burundi (Uburundi)+257
  • Cambodia (កម្ពុជា)+855
  • Cameroon (Cameroun)+237
  • Canada+1
  • Cape Verde (Kabu Verdi)+238
  • Caribbean Netherlands+599
  • Cayman Islands+1345
  • Central African Republic (République centrafricaine)+236
  • Chad (Tchad)+235
  • Chile+56
  • China (中国)+86
  • Christmas Island+61
  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands+61
  • Colombia+57
  • Comoros (‫جزر القمر‬‎)+269
  • Congo (DRC) (Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Kongo)+243
  • Congo (Republic) (Congo-Brazzaville)+242
  • Cook Islands+682
  • Costa Rica+506
  • Côte d’Ivoire+225
  • Croatia (Hrvatska)+385
  • Cuba+53
  • Curaçao+599
  • Cyprus (Κύπρος)+357
  • Czech Republic (Česká republika)+420
  • Denmark (Danmark)+45
  • Djibouti+253
  • Dominica+1767
  • Dominican Republic (República Dominicana)+1
  • Ecuador+593
  • Egypt (‫مصر‬‎)+20
  • El Salvador+503
  • Equatorial Guinea (Guinea Ecuatorial)+240
  • Eritrea+291
  • Estonia (Eesti)+372
  • Ethiopia+251
  • Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)+500
  • Faroe Islands (Føroyar)+298
  • Fiji+679
  • Finland (Suomi)+358
  • France+33
  • French Guiana (Guyane française)+594
  • French Polynesia (Polynésie française)+689
  • Gabon+241
  • Gambia+220
  • Georgia (საქართველო)+995
  • Germany (Deutschland)+49
  • Ghana (Gaana)+233
  • Gibraltar+350
  • Greece (Ελλάδα)+30
  • Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat)+299
  • Grenada+1473
  • Guadeloupe+590
  • Guam+1671
  • Guatemala+502
  • Guernsey+44
  • Guinea (Guinée)+224
  • Guinea-Bissau (Guiné Bissau)+245
  • Guyana+592
  • Haiti+509
  • Honduras+504
  • Hong Kong (香港)+852
  • Hungary (Magyarország)+36
  • Iceland (Ísland)+354
  • India (भारत)+91
  • Indonesia+62
  • Iran (‫ایران‬‎)+98
  • Iraq (‫العراق‬‎)+964
  • Ireland+353
  • Isle of Man+44
  • Israel (‫ישראל‬‎)+972
  • Italy (Italia)+39
  • Jamaica+1
  • Japan (日本)+81
  • Jersey+44
  • Jordan (‫الأردن‬‎)+962
  • Kazakhstan (Казахстан)+7
  • Kenya+254
  • Kiribati+686
  • Kosovo+383
  • Kuwait (‫الكويت‬‎)+965
  • Kyrgyzstan (Кыргызстан)+996
  • Laos (ລາວ)+856
  • Latvia (Latvija)+371
  • Lebanon (‫لبنان‬‎)+961
  • Lesotho+266
  • Liberia+231
  • Libya (‫ليبيا‬‎)+218
  • Liechtenstein+423
  • Lithuania (Lietuva)+370
  • Luxembourg+352
  • Macau (澳門)+853
  • Macedonia (FYROM) (Македонија)+389
  • Madagascar (Madagasikara)+261
  • Malawi+265
  • Malaysia+60
  • Maldives+960
  • Mali+223
  • Malta+356
  • Marshall Islands+692
  • Martinique+596
  • Mauritania (‫موريتانيا‬‎)+222
  • Mauritius (Moris)+230
  • Mayotte+262
  • Mexico (México)+52
  • Micronesia+691
  • Moldova (Republica Moldova)+373
  • Monaco+377
  • Mongolia (Монгол)+976
  • Montenegro (Crna Gora)+382
  • Montserrat+1664
  • Morocco (‫المغرب‬‎)+212
  • Mozambique (Moçambique)+258
  • Myanmar (Burma) (မြန်မာ)+95
  • Namibia (Namibië)+264
  • Nauru+674
  • Nepal (नेपाल)+977
  • Netherlands (Nederland)+31
  • New Caledonia (Nouvelle-Calédonie)+687
  • New Zealand+64
  • Nicaragua+505
  • Niger (Nijar)+227
  • Nigeria+234
  • Niue+683
  • Norfolk Island+672
  • North Korea (조선 민주주의 인민 공화국)+850
  • Northern Mariana Islands+1670
  • Norway (Norge)+47
  • Oman (‫عُمان‬‎)+968
  • Pakistan (‫پاکستان‬‎)+92
  • Palau+680
  • Palestine (‫فلسطين‬‎)+970
  • Panama (Panamá)+507
  • Papua New Guinea+675
  • Paraguay+595
  • Peru (Perú)+51
  • Philippines+63
  • Poland (Polska)+48
  • Portugal+351
  • Puerto Rico+1
  • Qatar (‫قطر‬‎)+974
  • Réunion (La Réunion)+262
  • Romania (România)+40
  • Russia (Россия)+7
  • Rwanda+250
  • Saint Barthélemy+590
  • Saint Helena+290
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis+1869
  • Saint Lucia+1758
  • Saint Martin (Saint-Martin (partie française))+590
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon (Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon)+508
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines+1784
  • Samoa+685
  • San Marino+378
  • São Tomé and Príncipe (São Tomé e Príncipe)+239
  • Saudi Arabia (‫المملكة العربية السعودية‬‎)+966
  • Senegal (Sénégal)+221
  • Serbia (Србија)+381
  • Seychelles+248
  • Sierra Leone+232
  • Singapore+65
  • Sint Maarten+1721
  • Slovakia (Slovensko)+421
  • Slovenia (Slovenija)+386
  • Solomon Islands+677
  • Somalia (Soomaaliya)+252
  • South Africa+27
  • South Korea (대한민국)+82
  • South Sudan (‫جنوب السودان‬‎)+211
  • Spain (España)+34
  • Sri Lanka (ශ්‍රී ලංකාව)+94
  • Sudan (‫السودان‬‎)+249
  • Suriname+597
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen+47
  • Swaziland+268
  • Sweden (Sverige)+46
  • Switzerland (Schweiz)+41
  • Syria (‫سوريا‬‎)+963
  • Taiwan (台灣)+886
  • Tajikistan+992
  • Tanzania+255
  • Thailand (ไทย)+66
  • Timor-Leste+670
  • Togo+228
  • Tokelau+690
  • Tonga+676
  • Trinidad and Tobago+1868
  • Tunisia (‫تونس‬‎)+216
  • Turkey (Türkiye)+90
  • Turkmenistan+993
  • Turks and Caicos Islands+1649
  • Tuvalu+688
  • U.S. Virgin Islands+1340
  • Uganda+256
  • Ukraine (Україна)+380
  • United Arab Emirates (‫الإمارات العربية المتحدة‬‎)+971
  • United Kingdom+44
  • United States+1
  • Uruguay+598
  • Uzbekistan (Oʻzbekiston)+998
  • Vanuatu+678
  • Vatican City (Città del Vaticano)+39
  • Venezuela+58
  • Vietnam (Việt Nam)+84
  • Wallis and Futuna (Wallis-et-Futuna)+681
  • Western Sahara (‫الصحراء الغربية‬‎)+212
  • Yemen (‫اليمن‬‎)+967
  • Zambia+260
  • Zimbabwe+263
  • Åland Islands+358


    Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

    Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

    Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

      Follow Thaiger by email:

      Indonesia38 mins ago

      Indonesia calls for tougher sentences in child abuses as cases rise

      Thailand44 mins ago

      African Swine Fever reported at three pig farms in Prachuap Khiri Khan

      Thailand48 mins ago

      Thailand News Today | Talks of insurance coverage for asymptomatic travellers

      Sponsored9 hours ago

      What makes Supalai Icon Sathorn the ideal property choice

      Thailand51 mins ago

      Woman kidnapped from hotel quarantine allegedly by men posing as police officers

      Thailand1 hour ago

      32 public toilets at Bali Hai Pier in Pattaya will be ready by this April

      Singapore1 hour ago

      Samsung removes ad in Singapore of drag queen hugging Muslim mother

      Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
      Laos2 hours ago

      American retail giant Walmart shows interest in Laos

      Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

      Monday Covid Update: 7,139 new cases; provincial totals

      Indonesia3 hours ago

      Indonesia to launch travel bubble with Singapore, entry to islands Batam, Bintan

      Thailand3 hours ago

      Ruling party ousts renegade MP Thammanat Prompao after tumultuous career

      Chon Buri4 hours ago

      Motorbike rider seriously injured after crashing into a parked truck in Chon Buri

      Thailand4 hours ago

      Interesting facts about Chinese New Year tradition in Thailand

      Thailand4 hours ago

      Thailand women’s football pressing on despite defeat by Philippines

      Visa5 hours ago

      “Covid-19” visa extension deadline tomorrow, no word from immigration

      Pattaya6 hours ago

      Pattaya bar raided by police at 5am, some test positive for illicit drugs

      Thailand4 months ago

      Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

      Thailand11 months ago

      Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

      Tourism11 months ago

      Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

      Phuket11 months ago

      Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

      Tourism11 months ago

      Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

      Thailand11 months ago

      Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

      Tourism11 months ago

      In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

      Thailand1 year ago

      Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

      Thailand1 year ago

      Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

      Thailand1 year ago

      Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

      Thailand1 year ago

      Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

      Thailand1 year ago

      Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

      Thailand1 year ago

      Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

      Thailand1 year ago

      Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

      Thailand1 year ago

      Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11