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First flights to Thailand take off

Thailand holidays are back with Jetstar’s first flight to Phuket since Australia’s borders opened set to take off today from Sydney and tomorrow from Melbourne.


These flights mark the first time Jetstar has flown to Thailand flight since 26 March 2020.



Operated by Boeing 787-8 aircraft, the flights from Sydney will operate three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and twice weekly from Melbourne on Thursdays and Sundays.


Jetstar CEO Gareth Evans said Thailand has always been one of the most popular destinations in Jetstar’s international network, and restarting flights was an important milestone in the recovery of low-cost international leisure travel.


“Today is an exciting day for travellers and also for our crew, many of whom used to love operating to Thailand regularly pre-pandemic.


“Thailand has consistently been one of our most popular overseas holiday destinations since we started flying there in 2007, and our research tells us that Phuket still remains high on the list of places Aussies want to go.


“A recent survey of Jetstar customers showed that Thailand currently ranks in the top three international destinations that travellers have on their bucket lists for 2022.”


From 11 January, international international travellers can travel to Thailand under the Sandbox program, and can choose to undergo their mandatory 7-day stay in either

  1. Phuket
  2. Krabi
  3. Phang Nga
  4. Surat Thani (only Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao)


However, all travellers must prepare the below documents before applying for the Sandbox Thailand Pass.

  • Vaccination certificate
  • Pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test result
  • Prepaid 7-night’s accommodation in an approved hotel
  • Prepaid RT-PCR tests for when in Thailand
  • Insurance policy with coverage no less than US$50,000


Travelers must stay at least the first 7 nights within a Sandbox destination if planning to continue the journey to other destinations in Thailand.


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Published: 12 January 2022

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