The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has issued the initial information for travellers during the “Phuket Sandbox” reopening of Phuket to fully vaccinated international travellers from 1st July.
Picture Phuket beach credit Dayne Topkin on Unsplash
Details are subject to change as directed by the Royal Thai Government. We will provide any updates as soon as they are issued.
At a glance
- Only international travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can visit without quarantine. Vaccinations must have been completed at least 14 days prior, but not more than 1 year prior to travel. Vaccines must be registered with the MoPH or approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
- International travellers must be from countries/regions with a low to medium risk of Sthe Covid-19 virus as stipulated, and updated, by the Thai Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). List to be published soon.
- Children under 6 years of age travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians are permitted.
- Children between 6 and 18 years of age, who are travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians, are allowed but are required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at their own expense.
- All travellers are required to download, install and use the ThailandPlus application on their smartphones..
- All travellers are required to stay in accommodation certified with the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus certification for no less than 14 nights. After that time they are allowed to move more freely around Thailand.
- All COVID-19 tests must follow MoPH guidelines.
- Travellers are allowed to engage in any tourism activity in Phuket but must follow the DMHTTA precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, T – Testing for COVID-19, and A – contact tracing application (Thai Chana and Mor Chana).
In order to be eligible to enter Thailand, vaccinated international travellers – and their children – must have the following ready for arrival and entry:
- A vaccine certificate as proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccinations must have been completed at least 14 days prior, but not more than 1 year prior to travel. Vaccines must be registered with the MoPH or approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO);
- A valid visa;
- A Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate;
- A COVID-19 health insurance policy with a minimum coverage of US$100,000;
- Confirmation of booking for 14 nights in SHA Plus-certified accommodation;
- A medical certificate with an RT-PCR laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected issued no more than 72 hours before departure;
- The duration of stay can be less than 14 nights, but travellers must leave Phuket on or before the permit to stay date.
- Undergo Immigration and Customs procedures, and a COVID-19 screening, including RT-PCR tests;
- Download the ThailandPlus application;
- Check-in at the pre-booked SHA Plus-certified accommodation and stay there for no less than 14 nights.
During Your Stay
- Undergo a COVID-19 test using an RT-PCR or a rapid antigen method on Day 5 of your arrival per MoPH’s guidelines;
- Engage in tourism activities or enjoy services in SHA Plus-certified venues and businesses, under the DMHTTA precautions;
- Alert staff at your accommodation or contact the nearest hospital in the event of experiencing respiratory or other related symptoms
- The operator/owner of the accommodation is required to report the name list and status of all foreign guests to the provincial authority on a daily basis.
- If travelling from Phuket to other Thai destinations, vaccinated international travellers are required to show a vaccine certificate and a medical certificate that they have tested negative for COVID-19;
- If travelling from Phuket to other countries, travellers are advised to follow the guidelines and measures announced by the respective country of destination.
|I want to travel with young children, is that possible?||Children under 6 years of age must travel only with their parents or guardians who have been vaccinated.|
If parents or guardians are found to have COVID-19, the children are to be placed in isolation for 14 days.
|How do I find out if my country is low, medium or high risk?||The list will be published soon and regularly updated.|
|How do I get a certificate of entry (COE) and visa?||You can obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE) at https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/. Check the website to see the required documents. The |
Embassy/Consulate-General takes 3 working days to process the application. Applicants can check the result of the application on the website.
|What insurance do I need?||International travellers must have insurance covering treatment and medical expenses including those related to COVID-19 with a minimum coverage of US$100,000. The insurance must cover the total duration of stay in Thailand.|
|What vaccines are accepted?||Currently approved vaccines are; AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac Biotech, and Sinopharm.|
Arrivals must be vaccinated more than 14 days to 1 year before entering Phuket. Proof of vaccination must be submitted when applying for a COE.
|How do I get to Phuket?||The following airlines that have announced direct flights to Phuket: THAI, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Hongkong Airlines, EVA Air, Korean Air, Jinair, Cathay Pacific and KLM |
Please check the flight schedule on the respective airline’s websites. Please be aware that some airlines are unable to operate into your home country for your return.
|Do I need Covid test before arrival in Thailand?||A RT-PCR COVID-19 test result within 72 hours before arrival in Phuket is required and submit proof to the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs when obtaining your COE.|
|What is SHA Plus?||‘SHA’ is a certification for businesses who meet the basic standards of hygiene and health safety for their products and services in accordance with the nationwide measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). |
‘SHA Plus’ is a certification for companies/individuals who have received the SHA certificate AND 70% of the workforce has been vaccinated.
Here is the constantly updated list of SHA Plus businesses in Phuket.
|Do I need to wear a mask in Phuket?||Masks must be worn at all times in public areas and if there are two or more people in a vehicle.|
|What is DMHTTA?||D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, T – Testing for COVID-19, A – contact tracing application (Thai Chana and Mor Chana).|
|Do I have to stay in a SHA Plus hotel for my whole stay?||It is mandatory that you book a ‘SHA Plus’ hotel for the first 14 nights in Phuket. You can move hotels during this time but there can’t be any breaks and they must all be SHA Plus certified. You cannot stay in a private residence for the first 14 nights.|
All hotel stays must be prepaid prior to arrival. There are standardised cancellation and refund policies for ‘SHA Plus’ hotels.
|How do I get a Covid-19 test in Phuket?||Every hospital in Phuket can provide an RT-PCR test at a cost between 2,500-4,000 Baht per person.|
Rapid test s are available from hospitals, clinics, and private labs at a cost between 450-1,000 Baht per person.
COVID-19 testing is at the travellers’ own expense.
|Can I go on tours and excursions?||Yes but it is recommended that you only book an excursion with ‘SHA Plus’ certified companies.|
*On the first 5 days, you are allowed to visit Ko Racha, Ko Naka, and Coral Island
*Ko Phi Phi, Ko Yao, Ko Khai, and Phang Nga Bay are NOT a part of Phuket province. Therefore, you must get a rapid test on Day 5 before going to these places.
|Are restaurants open?||Yes, it is recommended that you only use ‘SHA Plus’ certified restaurants for your safety, but you may dine-in at non-certified restaurants, too.|
|Is transport available in Phuket?||Yes and it is recommended that you use only ‘SHA Plus’ certified taxis and transportation, but you may use non ‘SHA Plus’, too if you prefer. If there are more than 2 people in a vehicle, masks must be worn at all times.|
|What happens if I have any Covid-19 symptoms while in Thailand?||If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, you must immediately get a test.|
If you travel in a group, everybody in the group must undergo a test.
If you test positive for COVID-19 in Thailand, you will be responsible for the medical expenses which must be covered by your insurance.
|Can I visit other areas in Thailand?||After spending 14 nights in Phuket and you test negative for COVID-19, you are free to go anywhere in Thailand but you must follow each province’s restrictions.|
All information correct at the time of publishing as per the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
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