Thailand Reopening Schedule

Khao Lak, Thailand

Thailand is reopening its borders to foreign tourists, without the need to quarantine, for the first time since March 2020.

The reopening is planned in phases to ensure that all areas are ready to welcome back tourists – measures include minimum 70% vaccination of local population, low Covid-19 numbers and registered accommodation.

The schedule may change at any point depending on local factors – we will update whenever changes are made public.

Updated 11th October 2021


The Phuket Sandbox was launched on 1st July, and an extension programme was launched in August (and ended in September).

The Sandbox has now been extended to cover Phuket, the Surat Thani Islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Ngai and Railay Beach in Krabi province and Khao Lak and Koh Yao in Phang-Nga.

From 1st November it is planned that travellers will be able to visit all of Krabi and Phang-Nga as part of the Sandbox.

Visitors to the Sandbox must be fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR Covid-19 test prior to arrival. Additional tests are conducted on arrival and a few days later.

All visitors must stay in approved hotels for at least the first 7 days.

After the completion of 7 days in their chosen Sandbox area, travellers can visit other areas of Thailand.

Phuket Sandbox Details

Samui Plus Sandbox

Krabi Even More Amazing Sandbox

Phang-Nga Prompt Sandbox

November Areas

Plans are underway to add Bangkok, the Muang, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng and Doi Tao districts of Chiang Mai, Hua Hin district in Prachuap Khiri Khan and Cha-Am district in Phetchaburi and Pattaya plus Bang Lamung and Sattahip districts in Chon Buri from 1st November.

These plans depend on no significant new outbreaks of Covid-19 and are yet to be officially confirmed.

Future Plans

The situation is changing all the time in Thailand. The latest published plan included the opening of further tourism, culture or arts driven locations in December, followed by other border provinces in January 2022.

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