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Thailand announces “Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension” for fully vaccinated MENA travellers

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced updates to its Phuket Sandbox programme – which was pivotal to the country’s tourism recovery – with the “Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension”. Receiving approval from the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) in Thailand, the programme provides fully vaccinated travellers from the Middle East with opportunities to […]

International Travel June/July 2021: A Mariners view

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Welcome back, readers. At the end of the last episode, I had just arrived in Bali after a surreal journey from Australia. The goal was to pick up a newly purchased Lagoon 450 sailing catamaran and deliver the vessel to Southport Queensland and the first-time boat owner.  When landing in Bali I found the airport […]

Phuket reopened July 1 with Koh Samui reopening July 15

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The launch of the “Phuket Sandbox” programme that began July 1st signalled the beginning of Thailand’s tourism revitalisation. Following Phuket’s reopening will be the “Samui Plus” Model with registration for entering Thailand under the slated reopening scheme planned to open this week and start July 15th. Phuket The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced Phuket’s […]

Covid Screening & Tracking for Phuket Yacht Visitors

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The Marine Department launched measures in Phuket on Sunday (June 27) to screen travellers arriving and departing by water transport in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Foreign-flagged yachts planning to visit Thailand will learn from the below move which came after the Cabinet on Tuesday approved the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration […]

International Travel June 2021: A Mariners view

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Part 1 of 3 Part story following Capt Jimmy Blee on a Boat Delivery – Cairns to Bali I could never have imagined nor be prepared for while lounging in my home in Cairns, Australia in May, the journey I was about to embark on. Queensland, and in particular North Queensland, has been so well […]

Thailand’s Top 10 Island Yachting Destinations

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The Kingdom of Thailand in Southeast Asia is surrounded inland by Myanmar (Burma), Laos, and Cambodia with the other part lying on the Malay Peninsula and neighbouring Malaysia. This area also divides Thailand into two important areas for visiting motor & sail yachts & superyachts — the eastern Gulf of Thailand and the western Andaman […]

Foreign-flagged Yacht Protocols in Thailand

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As there has been some speculation in the past few weeks as to changes/ restrictions in Thailand for foreign flagged vessels, it is hoped the following information will help clarify current protocols. As of 1 May, 2021, all arriving yachts must undertake 15 days quarantine on board (16 days / 15 nights) and must use […]

Indonesia Now Open for Yachts & Crews

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Indonesia is now open and welcoming yachts. It’s official – visas are now open to all nationalities, as long as they fit some of the requirements. The visas are mainly for business travel but they are also open for yachts and their crew. “Port Quarantine restrictions widely vary from port to port and are still […]

Yacht Quarantine to Thailand Reduced & More

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“Thailand has announced its major plans to reboot tourism and is now welcoming foreign-flagged yachts to a reduced quarantine, with more reductions to come soon”, enthuse Gordon Fernandes and Tanyuta Singhmanee (Jojo), co-owners of Asia Pacific Superyachts, adding: “We have a few superyachts currently in Singapore that want to come to Phuket. This is great […]

1st Yacht to Thailand Receive “Smart Wristband Trackers”

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Nine foreigners and one Thai arrived in Phuket on a yacht (Mar 6) and became the first people in Thailand to wear “smart wristbands” to track their location and health while observing their mandatory 14-day quarantine while still on the boat, reported the Phuket News published in an article March 9th. M.Y. Sapphire arrived in […]