Sandbox tourists stuck in quarantine ask to go home

PHUKET: Twelve tourists now stuck in “alternative local quarantine” (ALQ) in Phuket after a person arriving on the same flight to the island who tested positive for COVID-19 asked to return home.
Dr. Kusak Kukiattikoon, head of the Phuket Provincial Public Health Bureau (PPHO), confirmed the news yesterday (July 8).

Dr Kusak explained that the 12 tourists who asked to return home were among the 14 people who arrived on Emirates flight EK378, which landed in Phuket on Tuesday (July 6).

On the same flight was a UAE man who tested positive for COVID-19 after landing at Phuket International Airport.

As is now standard procedure under the Phuket Sandbox model, once the man tested positive for COVID-19, he was taken into care at a local quarantine location, while all persons deemed to be high-risk contacts were brought in. in places ALQ.

Under the terms to enter Thailand under the Phuket Sandbox policy, tourists are responsible for all costs related to any COVID measures.

As such, Dr Kusak yesterday confirmed that 12 tourists now in ALQ “have informed their intention to return to their countries”.

“In this phase, about 20 people, including foreign arrivals under the Phuket Sandbox scheme, hotel staff and taxi drivers, were taken to quarantine locations and underwent the testing process,” said Dr.

“The 20 people tested negative on the first test and we will test them again six days later,” he added.

“Don’t panic because our medical staff have tested people at risk. Please trust our disease control measures and follow them, “he said.


According to yesterday’s “Phuket Sandbox Daily Report” (8 July), released this morning, another 125 arrivals landed in Phuket yesterday on two flights: one operated by Singapore Airlines and the other by Etihad Airways.

All 125 tested negative for COVID-19, the report said.

The report also found that 182 other Phuket Sandbox arrivals tested negative after their second COVID test as a past of Sandbox conditions, bringing the total number of Sandbox arrivals that passed their second COVID test to 475.

So far a Sandbox arrival has tested positive for COVID-19, the report notes.

In total, from 1 to 8 July, 2,524 arrivals entered Thailand under the Phuket sandbox scheme, the report said.

The report also highlighted that a total of 143,025 overnight stays have been booked so far from July to September under the Sandbox scheme, as follows: 130,113 overnight stays in July; 11,623 in August; and 1,289 in September.

An additional 1,094 overnight stays were booked from October to February, the report adds.


According to the PPHO daily report yesterday (July 8), Phuket recorded seven new cases of infection.

The new infections brought the total number of COVID infections recorded on the island from April 3 to 766.

Of these, 714 had been discharged from hospital care, while 54 remained under medical care and supervision.

Since April 3, Phuket has suffered seven deaths attributed to COVID-19.

The updated PPHO map showing the locations of infections across the island as of April 3 reported the following:

Wichit – 99 infections
Patong – 80
Phuket Town – 82
Rassada – 72
Kathu – 60
Chalong – 53
Rawai – 47
Cherng Talay – 45
Tepkrasattri – 38
Sorsoonthorn – 38
Kamala – 33
Karon – 30
Koh Kaew – 27
Mai Khao – 13
Pa Khlok – 10
Sakhu – 9

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