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Samui is set to open for fully vaccinated tourists from 15 July
Following the footsteps of Phuket Sandbox Model, the Samui Plus program including Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao is set to open for fully vaccinated international travellers from 15 July 2021.  To ensure the safety of international fully vaccinated tourists, the Thai government requires a negative RT-PCR test of visitors including fully vaccinated tourists and children under 18 years no more than 72 hours before the departure date.  Despite similar guidelines for entry requirements, there are differences in how it works. The procedure would be as follows. Arrival day (day 0). RT-PCR test at your “Samui Extra Plus” Hotel and wait for the result in your room. Day 1-3: If showing the negative result,  travellers can relax and enjoy services in the area that the ‘Samui Extra Plus’ hotel has provided. DAY 4-7: Travel on the specified route and program on Koh Samui. We will update the information once available. DAY 6 or 7: The 2nd RT-PCR test at your ‘Samui Extra Plus’ hotel. DAY 8-14: Relaxation: Stay at a ‘SHA Plus’ hotel, and after receiving a negative test result. Travel within Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao with a follow-up with the specified IT system. DAY 12 or 13, The third RT-PCR test will be conducted at the approved hospital. Tourism Authority of Thailand is pleased to give you a quick guideline on how to visit Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao between July and December 2021. Who is eligible? Fully vaccinated travellers against COVID-19 from low and medium risk countries according to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and must be in the said countries for at least 21 days before the traveling date. Except those with residence in Thailand returning from a journey in those approved countries/territories. Travellers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within 14 days and have a valid vaccine certificate. All travellers, including fully vaccinated tourists as well as children under 18 years must have a medical certificate with a RT-PCR laboratory result indicating that Covid-19 is not detected and issued no more than 72 hours before departure. Unvaccinated children under 18 years can travel with fully vaccinated parents or their guardians. Hotel The first 7 nights’ accommodation in a ‘Samui Extra Plus’ hotel and the remaining 7 nights in a ‘SHA Plus’ hotel (in case of staying less than 7 nights, this document must be for a ‘Samui Extra Plus’ accommodation only). Flight Domestic transit in Bangkok at Suvarnabhumi airport is allowed. Travellers must travel in or out of Thailand via a direct international flight or a dedicated flight by Bangkok Airways to connect with a direct international flight at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Before departure to Samui Apply Certificate of Entry (COE) online, https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/ Documents required as following A copy of passport Medical insurance with COVID-19 treatment coverage of at least US$100,000. Vaccine certificate Air ticket Fully paid booking for the first 7 nights’ accommodation in a ‘Samui Extra Plus’ hotel and the remaining 7 nights in a ‘SHA Plus’ hotel (in case of staying less than 7 nights, this document must be for a ‘Samui Extra Plus’ accommodation only). Proof of payment of COVID-19 testing; the number of tests depends on the intended duration of stay. Arrival Arrive at Gate E10, Suvarnabhumi Airport Health Control Checkpoint at Concourse G Install Thailand Plus App Board at Gate D4 Arrive at Samui Airport Install Mor Chana App and Register Samui Health Pass Transfer to your Samui Extra Plus’ hotel in the designated vehicle. During your stay The RT-PCR test will be conducted according to the length of stay (on Day 0, Day 6-7 and 12-13). DAY 0: WAITING: The first RT-PCR test will be conducted at the ‘Samui Extra Plus’ hotel, and the traveller must wait in their room for the result. DAY 1-3 Chilling at the hotel: After receiving a negative test result, travellers can then relax and use services in the area that the ‘Samui Extra Plus’ hotel has allocated. DAY 4-7 Sealed Route: Travellers can travel in districts of Samui according to the specified route and travel programme. We will update the information once available. DAY 6 or 7: The second RT-PCR test will be conducted at the ‘Samui Extra Plus’ hotel. DAY 8-14 Relaxation: Travellers must stay at a ‘SHA Plus’ hotel, and after receiving a negative test result, can travel within Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao with a follow-up with the specified IT system. DAY 12 or 13, The third RT-PCR test will be conducted at the approved hospital. Departure Free to travel to other provinces in Thailand after 14 nights on Koh Samui, Koh Phangan or Koh Tao as long as they provide proof of at least 14 nights stay, 3 RT-PCR test results, and evidence of disease control according to the destination’s regulations.    Read more in details here. FAQ: Frequent asked questions about Samui Plus here Frequent asked questions about Phuket Sandbox here
Phuket Sandbox FAQs
The Phuket Sandbox model is to reopen Phuket from 1 July. Overseas travellers from certain countries — including Nordics and Baltics — who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 can travel to Phuket without the need to quarantine.  We understand that you may have questions and will do our best to answer them here. The information here is aimed specifically at travellers from the Nordics and Baltics. Different rules may apply if you are travelling from another country. The Phuket Sandbox scheme is open to travellers from designated low/medium risk countries. Phuket Sandbox key points Open to travellers from countries/regions which are deemed low to medium risk (this includes the Nordic and Baltic countries) You can find the list of countries here (update as of 30 June 2021). Must have resided in designated country for at least 21 days before departure to Phuket Proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required (both jabs)Obtain a Certificate of Entry (CoE) before departure Travel insurance with Covid-19 cover(Must cover medical costs up to a minimum of USD 100,000 for the entire duration of your stay in Thailand) Download the Mor Chana and Thailand plus App before departure and upload the required informationMor Chana For Android / For iPhone Travellers must have a medical certificate with a RT-PCR laboratory result indicating that Covid-19 is not detected issued no more than 72 hours before departure Covid-19 screening including RT-PCR tests on arrival in Phuket and further tests on day 6 or 7 and day 12 or 13 of your stay Must pay in advance for Covid-19 tests in Phuket. In most cases, this can be arranged by your SHA Plus hotel in Phuket. Contact them to make payment and obtain a receipt for your Certificate of Entry. Cost is approximately 8,000 Baht in total for 3 tests. After 15 July, travellers can book Covid tests via the website or the application, which is soon to be updated. Must fly directly to Phuket International Airport. Domestic transits in Thailand are currently not allowed. Stay at a SHA Plus hotel (this is a hotel with enhanced safety protocols and where at least 70% of staff have been vaccinated) If you wish to travel around Thailand, you must stay in Phuket for a minimum 14 days. Before you go ttps://asq.in.th/phuket-sandbox-hotelsertificate of Entry (CoE) Q. What is the Certificate of Entry (CoE) and where do I get it?  A. The Certificate of Entry (CoE) is a document that is required before flying to Thailand. Application can be made online here: https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/   Insurance Q. I am fully vaccinated (2 jabs), is Covid-19 insurance a must? A. Yes. You need to have insurance for Covid-19 that covers medical costs up to a minimum of USD 100,000 for the entire duration of your stay in Thailand. If you are travelling with children, they will also need to be covered by insurance.   There is some information here from the Thai General Insurance Association. https://covid19.tgia.org/   Vaccine   Q. Can I travel right after getting the vaccine?  A. Visitors need to be fully vaccinated with two shots of the vaccine (one shot for Johnson & Johnson). Vaccination shots need to have been given at least 14 days before boarding your flight to Thailand and no longer than one year before.   The vaccine must be approved by: World Health Organization(WHO) or The Thai Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA approved list includes AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer, Sinopharm, and Sinovac.   Q. If I have not been vaccinated or only receive 1 dose of for example AstraZeneca, can I still travel to Thailand? A. Yes, you can, but you will need to follow the current entry procedures and enter quarantine on arrival. You can only visit without quarantine if you have been fully vaccinated with both doses of the jab (or one shot for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).   Travel with Children Q. I am travelling with children under 18 years, do they need to take a RT-PCR test? A. Yes. They must have a medical certificate with a laboratory result by an RT-PRC method indicating that COVID-19 is not detected no more than 72 hours before travel.   List of countries to enter Thailand Q. Where can I find the list of countries that are allowed to enter Thailand? A. You can find the list of countries here (update as of 30 June 2021). List of countries/territories is approved by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), per the guidelines of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), as proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MoTS) and TAT. Flight Q. Which airlines fly directly to Phuket? A. Here is the list of airlines who fly directly to Phuket Emirate: www.emirates.com   Qatar Airways: https://www.qatarairways.com Singapore Airlines: www.singaporeair.com   Thai Airways: www.thaiairways.com Turkish Airlines: https://www.turkishairlines.com   Please check flight schedules on the respective airlines’ websites. In some cases these will be operating as code shares and while not all will be direct in the usual sense, they will be regarded as such because they don’t require transiting via another Thai airport.   Q. Can I fly to Phuket via Bangkok?  A. In time it may be possible, but not as of today as it is not allowed domestic transit in Thailand. Thai authorities are still sorting out the arrangements at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport.   Hotel Q. Travellers are required to stay at SHA Plus hotels. What is SHA and SHA Plus? A. SHA is an abbreviation of Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA). To be awarded SHA status, businesses must meet strict safety protocols. The SHA Plus certificate is only granted to businesses that meet all the safety protocols plus at least 70% of their staff have been vaccinated against Covid-19.   Q. Where can I find a list of SHA Plus Hotels? A. You can find SHA Plus hotels in this link: Phuket SHAPlus hotels   Q. How can I book SHA Plus Hotels? A. You can book your SHA...
Phuket is now officially open for vaccinated tourists
Phuket is now officially open for fully vaccinated tourists without quarantine from 1st July. Oversea travellers from certain countries — including the Nordic and Baltic countries — who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 can travel to Phuket without the need to quarantine. The Phuket Sandbox model is the first step of the Thailand reopening roadmap and the plan to fully open the country within 120 days.    To ensure the safety of international fully vaccinated tourists, the Thai government requires a negative RT-PCR test of visitors including fully vaccinated tourists and children under 18 years no more than 72 hours before the departure date.   Here is the complete easy guide on what to expect and how to prepare yourself for travelling to Phuket.  Everything you need to know Who   Fully vaccinated travellers against COVID-19 from low and medium risk countries according to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and must be in the said countries for at least 21 days before the traveling date.  The list will be updated every two weeks. As of today (2021-07-01), those from the Nordic and Baltic countries are welcome to Thailand. Please find the update risk countries here.  Travellers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days and not longer than 1 year prior to the travel date.  Travellers must have a medical certificate with a RT-PCR laboratory result indicating that Covid-19 is not detected and issued no more than 72 hours before departure.  Unvaccinated children under 18 years can travel with fully vaccinated parents or their guardians. They must have a medical certificate with a RT-PCR laboratory result indicating that Covid-19 is not detected and issued no more than 72 hours before departure.  Where Travellers are free to travel anywhere in Phuket for the first 14 days after receiving the negative RT-PCR result which is done on the arrival day.  Travellers can enjoy day trips and snorkeling at popular islands in Phuket such as: Koh Rang (Yai and Noi), Koh Naka (Yai and Noi), Koh Racha (Yai and Noi), Koh Maprao (Coconut Island), Koh Tapao (Yai and Noi), Koh Loneone, Koh Mai Thon, Koh He (Coral Island) and Koh Bon.  Travellers can travel to the rest of Thailand after 14 days in Phuket.  When  From 1 July, fully vaccinated travellers from approved countries can visit Phuket quarantine-free.  After 14 days in Phuket, travellers can travel to the rest of Thailand.  Travellers can stay in Phuket for fewer than 14 days and return home any time or travel to other countries with direct flights out from Phuket.  Stay Stay at SHA+ (Safety and Health Administration Plus) accommodation in Phuket. Phuket Sandbox hotels Travellers are required to stay at the same SHA+ hotel for the first 7 days. They can change to other SHA+ accommodation afterwards in Phuket. SHA Plus businesses in Phuket.  SHA is an abbreviation of Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA). To be awarded SHA status, businesses must meet strict safety protocols. The SHA Plus certificate is only granted to businesses that meet all the safety protocols plus at least 70% of their staff have been vaccinated against Covid-19.  How  Pre-arrival  Passport with a visa (if any)  Apply Certificate of Entry (COE) online, https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/   All travellers including fully vaccinated tourists and children under 18 years must show a negative RT-PCR result no more than 72 hours before departure to Phuket.  Health insurance covers Covid-19 (minimum coverage of 100,000USD) during the total stay in Thailand  Proof of vaccination at least 14 days before the travel date  Copy of prepaid “SHA+” hotel booking and RT-PCR test   From 1-15 July 2021, 3 RT-PCR tests costs about 8,000 Baht per person and must be booked together with your SHA+ hotel.  After 15 July 2021, RT-PCR test booking via Application. (Information will be updated).  A copy of the flight itinerary. Domestic transits in Thailand are currently not allowed. In case of stay fewer than 14 days, a confirmed flight ticket with outbound flight from Phuket must be shown.  Arrival  Travellers are required to download and activate the Mor Chana Mobile App and Thailand Plus App which provide real-time information about COVID and has built-in contact tracing technology in case of infection.  All travellers must undergo a pre-booked RT-PCR test upon arrival and wait for the result at your accommodation. The test result is issued within 12 hours. If tested positive, travellers will be referred to specified healthcare facilities for medical treatment at their own expense.  Travellers are required to take a SHA Plus certified transportation provider to your SHA Plus hotel.  During your stay  Must take a pre-booked RT- PCR tests.  Stay less than 7 days, take the PCR test on Day 6 or 7.  Stay between 10-14 days, take the second test on Day 6 or 7 and the third test on Day 12 or 13.  Children under 6 years do not need to take any RT-PCR test during the stay.  Children age 6-18 years must undergo RT-PCR tests during the stay.  If tested negative, travellers can enjoy their vacation in Phuket. If tested positive, travellers will be referred to specified healthcare facilities for medical treatment at own expense.  Follow the DMHTTA precautions: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, T – Testing for COVID-19, and A – alert application.  It is recommended to use only SHA PLus services (restaurants, tours & excursions). Here is the update list of SHA Plus business in Phuket  Departure  For travelling from Phuket to other countries, travellers are advised to follow the guidelines and measures announced by the respective country of their destination.  For travelling from Phuket to other Thai destinations, travellers are required to show proof that they have completed a 14-night stay accommodation along with other required documentation per the guidelines and measures announced by the respective destinations.  Remarks  The cost of an RT-PCR covid test ranges from 2,400-4,000 Baht per person.  RT-PCR Covid-19 testing in Phuket is available as follows  – Phuket Swab Center Maikhao operated by Bangkok Hospital Phuket  – Phuket Swab Center Laguna operated by Bangkok Hospital Phuket  – PhuketPhuket Swab Center Central Phuket operated by Vachira Phuket Hospital   – Phuket Swab Center Jungceylon operated by Bangkok Hospital Siriroj  – Phuket Swab Center Kata Center operated by Mission Hospital Phuket  For more information, please contact the Royal Thai Embassy in your country.  Sweden : www.thaiembassy.se  Norway : www.thaiembassy.no   Denmark : www.thaiembassy.dk  ...
Thailand confirms reopening the country plan from 1 July 2021
Thailand is ready to welcome international vaccinated visitors without quarantine. The reopening country model starts from reopening Phuket from 1 July, Samui, Phangan and Koh Tao from 15 July, followed by other destinations, including Krabi, Phang Nga (Khao Lak), Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Buri Ram in the following months. The plan was approved by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Friday June 18 and will be submitted for final approval from the Cabinet. Minister of Tourism and Sports H.E. Mr. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said, “Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha on June 7th  has set a goal to reopen Thailand to fully vaccinated foreign visitors without quarantine within the next 120 days. If Bangkok or any of the 76 provinces are ready to reopen from October, provided that the local population are inoculated, and the infection rate is at no more than 20-30 cases daily.” This gives hope and confidence to the Thai tourism industry as well as to ensure the safety of the Thais and international visitors. Timeline for reopening Thailand July – August 2021 The ‘Island Approach’ will begin with Phuket from 1 July, followed by Surat Thani, including Samui-Phangan-Tao from 15 July. The approach will continue in August with an ‘Extension’ concept to be introduced. For Example, travel to Phuket and combine with Krabi, including Phi Phi, Koh Ngai and Railay or Phang Nga (Khao Lak and Koh Yao). September 2021 From September, certain areas in Chiang Mai, Chonburi (Pattaya) and Buri Ram) will be opened for vaccinated tourists without quarantine. Chiang Mai: Mueang, Mae Rim, Mae Tang and Doi Tao Districts Chon Buri (Pattaya): Neo Pattaya, Pattaya City and Bang Lamung and Sattahip Districts Buri Ram: Mueang District and the Chang Arena. October 2021 and onwards From October,  Bangkok, Cha-Am and Hua Hin, as well as any other Thai destinations that are ready, will be reopened to vaccinated foreign tourists without quarantine. TAT is also considering the reopening of other destinations with nearby tourist islands, including Pattaya (Ko Lan) and the provinces in the Eastern Economic Corridor (Chachoengsao, Chon Buri and Rayong). Guidelines for reopening Phuket, Samui, Phang Ngan and Koh Tao Pre-arrival Visitors must travel from countries/regions with a low to medium risk of SAR-CoV-2 virus as announced and constantly updated by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). They must also have already stayed in the said countries/regions no less than 21 days before the travel date. They must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine registered with the MoPH or approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) no less than 14 days before the travel date, and must have a vaccine certificate to verify their vaccination; Children under 6 years of age are allowed when travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians; Travellers who have a history of COVID-19 infection must also be fully vaccinated no less than 14 days before the travel date; Travellers must have a medical certificate with an RT-PCR laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected issued no more than 72 hours before departure; Travellers must have a COVID-19 health insurance policy with a minimum coverage of US$100,000. Travellers who are qualified and equipped with the required documents are advised to submit an application for the Certificate of Entry (COE) via www.entrythailand.go.th Arrival Undergo Immigration and Customs procedures, and a COVID-19 screening, including RT-PCR tests; Download and install the alert application; Go directly to your reserved hotel to wait for the test results; Arrivals to Phuket must check-in at the pre-booked SHA Plus-certified accommodation establishment; Arrivals to Ko Samui must check-in at alternative local quarantine (ALQ) facilities; If tested negative for COVID-19, travellers to Phuket can go anywhere in Phuket. Travellers to Ko Samui can leave their room for facilities and services within their accommodation only. Stay For travellers to Phuket: Travellers who wish to visit Phuket only, no minimum stay is required but they must leave Phuket (Thailand) for another country before the intended departure date. For travellers who wish to continue the journey to other Thai destinations, they must stay in Phuket for 14 nights, and thereafter will be allowed to travel domestically. For travellers to Ko Samui: During the 1st-3rd nights, travellers can leave their room for facilities and services within their accommodation only. During the 4th-7th nights, travellers can travel on specified routes within Ko Samui only. During the 8th-14th nights, travellers can travel between Ko Samui, Ko Phangan and Ko Tao. Undergo a COVID-19 test using an RT-PCR method per the MoPH’s guidelines; Travellers are advised to strictly 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 – alert application. Domestic Departure For travelling from Phuket or Samui-Phangan-Tao to other Thai destinations, travellers are required to show proof that they have completed a 14-night stay along with the other required documents per the guidelines and measures announced by the respective province of destination.  
Initial Information – Reopening Phuket 1 July
 The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to provide the initial information on the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ model to safely reopen Phuket to fully vaccinated international travellers from 1 July, 2021. This is a living document, which the TAT will provide more details on the Phuket Sandbox model as soon as officially approved directives from the Royal Thai Government are available. Phuket Sandbox At a glance Applicable for international travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no less than 14 days, but no later than 1 year before the travel date. They must also be from countries/regions with a low to medium risk of SAR-CoV-2 virus as announced and constantly updated by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). Applicable for children under 6 years of age travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians. Applicable for children between 6 and 18 years of age travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians, but they are required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at their own expense. All vaccinated international arrivals must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine registered with the MoPH or approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO). All arrivals are required to download and install the ThailandPlus application on their smartphones, and must keep the app on all the time, as they move to different locations around Phuket. All arrivals are required to stay in an accommodation establishment that is certified with the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus certification for no less than 14 nights, and thereafter will be allowed to travel to visit other Thai destinations. All COVID-19 tests must follow the guidelines by the MoPH. Travellers are allowed to engage in any tourism activities but are advised to strictly 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). Foreign Traveller Journey Pre-arrival In order to be eligible to enter in Thailand, vaccinated international travellers – and their children – need to have all of their advance arrangements in good order for arrival and entry. These include: A vaccine certificate to proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no less than 14 days, but no later than 1 year before the travel date with a vaccine 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; A confirmation of booking for 14 nights in a 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 days, but travellers must leave Phuket on or before the permit to stay date. Arrival 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 establishment and stay there for no less than 14 nights. Stay Undergo a COVID-19 test using an RT-PCR or a rapid antigen method on Day 5 of your arrival per the MoPH’s guidelines; Engage in tourism activities or enjoy services in SHA Plus-certified venues and businesses, under the DMHTTA precautions; For emergency in case of having respiratory or other related symptoms, please alert the staff at your accommodation or contact the nearest hospital; The operator/owner of the accommodation establishment is required to report the name list and status of all foreign guests to the provincial authority on a daily basis. Departure For 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; For travelling from Phuket to other countries, travellers are advised to follow the guidelines and measures announced by the respective country of destination. Relevant information Child Policy Children under 6 years of age must travel only with their parents or guardians who have been vaccinated; In the case the parents or guardians are found to have COVID-19, the children are to be placed in isolation for 14 days. Countries The Phuket Sandbox is applicable only for fully vaccinated international travellers from countries/regions with a low to medium risk of SAR-CoV-2 virus as announced and constantly updated by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). *The list will be available soon.   High-risk countries are not allowed entry at this stage. Visa & Certificate of Entry Every traveller must obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE) at https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/.  Check the website to see the required documents; Embassy/Consulate-General takes 3 working days to process the application; Applicants can check the result of the application on the website. Insurance International travellers must have an insurance covering treatment and medical expenses in relation to COVID-19 with a minimum coverage of US$100,000. The insurance must cover the total duration of stay in Thailand. Vaccines   International travellers who have received the following vaccines are able to enter Phuket:– WHO approved vaccines;– Vaccines approved by the government of each country;– Thai FDA approved vaccines (5): 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. Airlines Airlines that have announced direct flights to Phuket:– THAI– Singapore Airlines– Emirates– Qatar Airways– Hongkong Airlines– EVA Air– Korean Air– Jinair– Cathay Pacific– 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. Before Arrival in Phuket You must get an RT-PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours before arrival in Phuket and submit proof to the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs when obtaining your COE. At the Airport You must download the Thailand Plus application. At Immigration, you are required to complete your arrival card, show your COE and passport. SHA & SHA Plus+ ‘SHA’...
The Return of Leatherback Turtles in Phuket
Even though the pandemic has brought the stop the world, it has also allowed the nature to revive and heal itself.  In Phuket, we had witnessed many leatherback turtles have returned to lay their eggs after a long time of absence since 2017. These ancient leatherback turtles are the largest turtle in the world both for fresh water and sea water. What make them so unique is their leather shells and the pattern that look like starfruit. Since they rely fully on nature for their well-being, fertile nature become most impact factor of their distinction. Phuket and Phang Nga are the ideal places for them to lay eggs especially when the tourists were away.   On the morning of new year 2021, one of the leatherback mothers came ashore to lay her eggs on Kata Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Phuket. The number of nests continue to grow from 13 nests last year to 18 nests altogether this year. This phenomenon is one of the evident that nature have return to fertility.   After the world return to its normal stage, Thailand will continue to work on green tourism and welcome all the travelers close to the nature and the beauty that Thailand has to offer.
Thailand reopening roadmap goes ahead amid COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Phuket will be the first to lift quarantine for vaccinated foreign tourists from July onwards, followed by at least five other destinations from October The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) roadmap to reopen six major tourist provinces – Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga, Surat Thani (Ko Samui), Chon Buri (Pattaya) and Chiang Mai – to foreign tourists who have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine is going ahead as scheduled in line with the country’s COVID-19 vaccination timeline. Phuket will be the first destination to lift quarantine requirements for vaccinated foreign tourists under the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ programme, starting from 1 July, 2021. Tourists will be required to spend the first seven days on the island, before travelling to other Thai destinations. In preparation to welcome vaccinated foreign tourists, authorities are working on vaccination programme to safely achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 for 70% of Phuket’s population, including residents, workers in tourism-related businesses, and migrant workers. Nationwide, the government is striving to efficiently administer the COVID-19 situation and acquire additional vaccines to reach the target of 100 million doses to vaccinate 50 million people across Thailand by the end of the year. Thailand started the preliminary vaccination programme in late February with the first 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Sinovac and 117,000 doses from AstraZeneca. The inoculation project continued with 800,000 more doses of Sinovac vaccine in March and one million more in April. Bangkok, Phuket, Chon Buri which includes Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Surat Thani which includes Ko Samui, Ko Phangan and Ko Tao, as well as eight other high-risk provinces were being prioritised in the rollout of the first vaccine doses. Until today, some 1.47 million people in Thailand have been vaccinated – with one or both doses. Meanwhile, the country’s mass vaccination rollout is scheduled to begin in June when the first batch of six million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, to be produced locally by Siam Bioscience, will be delivered. The amount will increase to 10 million doses a month between July and November, and the last batch of five million doses in December. In addition to 63 million doses (61 million from AstraZeneca and two million from Sinovac), the government is in the process of acquiring 37 million more doses of vaccine to be delivered within this year. This may include 5-10 million doses each from Pfizer, Sputnik V, Johnson & Johnson and Sinovac, as well as from Moderna, Sinopharm and Bharat. According to the government, all people in Thailand, regardless of nationality, are eligible to receive the vaccine and can register for the vaccination programme via the Mor Prom (“Doctors Ready”) Line official account, or at hospitals and health promotion hospitals nationwide. Registration starts on 1 May, 2021, and the vaccination starts on 7 June, 2021, for the priority group, comprising people aged 60 or older and those with seven chronic diseases: lung disease, kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and cancer. Other groups or people aged 18-59 can register in July 2021, and the vaccination starts in August 2021. The government expects the nationwide vaccine rollout to complete within four to seven months, or between September and December, 2021. With the vaccination programme going ahead as planned, Thailand’s reopening roadmap will also go ahead as scheduled. Apart from Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga, Surat Thani (Ko Samui), Chon Buri (Pattaya) and Chiang Mai, other destinations in the reopening pipeline include Bangkok, Phetchaburi, and Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin). To prepare Nordic and Baltic tourism industry of the reopening, Tourism Authority of Thailand (Stockholm office)is organizing Thailand Amazing Beaches and Islands Virtual Trade Meet Nordic & Baltic 2021 on June 9th, 2021. For more information and registration please visit here.
Golfing while staying in quarantine in Thailand now the reality
The Thai cabinet approved recently golf quarantine to boost tourism in Thailand. Allowing golf quarantine is essential to let those who wish to pass their quarantine time on the golf course. Rules and regulations for safety are in place. Thus, this is the significant step for Thailand to open the country for international tourists who do not wish to stay in a single room or area for several days.  The 6 golf courses have now been certified by the health department as alternative state quarantines for Thailand. The 15 nights quarantine time remains. Golfers will have to stay at the golf resort and cannot leave. They can only go out to play golf. The golf courses will be closed for the public and serve as state alternative quarantine only. Mida Golf Club (Kanchanaburi) Sawang Golf Club (Cha-am) Blue Star Golf Course (Kanchanaburi) Evergreen Hills Golf Club & Resort (Kanchanaburi) Artitaya Chiang Mai Golf Resort (near Chiang Mai) Artitaya Country Club (Nakorn Nayok) What is golf quarantine? A 15 nights quarantine in a certified golf course. A quick PCR-test will be  conducted on the 3rd day. The result will come out within 24 hours. If the test shows a negative result, the golfer can play golf on the next day.  If the result is positive, the infectious golfer must be transferred to the contracted hospital and all members of the group must be under surveillance quarantine. The golfers will be tested about 3 times during the quarantine period. Enjoy up to 11 days unlimited golf rounds during the quarantine period. Is it safe? The Ministry of Public Health in Thailand will examine the golf course’s health safety management plan and will do an on site inspection to check the entire system before giving out the certification. The transfer from the airport to the golf course must be in a closed system, meaning no stopping on the way to the golf course. In addition, the driver must pass Covid-free testing and the bus is sanitized. The golf course must have a contracted hospital to provide PCR tests for the golfers and their companions as well as to take care of the infected cases. All staff at the golf course must stay in the golf course. They are not allowed contacting outsiders nor going out of the golf resort. They will be quarantined as well as the golfers.  Thus all the measurements and steps taken are to ensure the safety and well-being of international golfers who would like to enjoy their golf games in Thailand. Travel without visas Thailand has allowed foreigners to enter the country by air under the Visa Exemption program. Travellers can travel without obtaining a visa and can stay up to 45 days. The travellers need a certificate to show they are free of Covid-19 72 hours before travel. They must obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE), provide health insurance covering covid-19 and undergo the mandatory quarantine.  Check the Royal Thai Embassy or consulate in your home country for updates on the visas and Certificate of Entry (COE) process.  As of 2021-04-01, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Latvia and Lithuania are allowed to enter the kingdom. The approval list of countries will be updated twice a month and can be found here. The Royal Thai Embassy in Sweden The Royal Thai Embassy in Denmark The Royal Thai Embassy in Norway The Royal Thai Embassy in Finland After the quarantine period, golfers can enjoy playing golf anywhere in Thailand. It is easier to book tee time and enjoy the golf games and beautiful nature while there are fewer tourists in Thailand.  For more information about golf quarantine, please visit www.golfquarantine.com  Contact persons for more information and reservation Golf Digg, golfquarantine@golfdigg.com Pro Golf in Thailand, Juha-Matti “Juhis” Vuorinen, juhamatti_vuorinen@hotmail.com Remarks *The arrival day counts as day 0. 
Happy New Year 2021 best wishes to the world
IT’s the beginning of a brand-new year.May 2021 be a year of Happiness… A year of great health…And also a year of smile… Wishing you a very Happy New YearUntil, we meet again. Amazing Thailand #amazingthailand
Thai Massaman curry topped “The World’s 50 Best Foods,” CNN Travel
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that CNN Travel has placed Thai Massaman curry as the No. 1 dish in “The World’s 50 Best Foods list, along with Tom Yum Kung in the eighth place and Som Tam papaya salad, which ranked at 46th. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said, “This listing is a testament to the already solid reputation of Thai cuisine that is increasingly perceived as a world-class culinary experience. Thailand is certainly a great destination for foodie tourism. “Once the COVID-19 situation improves, we are more than ready to welcome tourists and foodies from around the world to embark on a culinary journey and explore Thainess through Thai dishes in unique destinations across Thailand.”The CNN Travel World’s 50 Best Foods list was published since 2017 and have been updated ever since. CNN Travel staff said that they had scoured the planet for what they thought were 50 of the most delicious foods ever created. The three Thai dishes were ranked and described as follows: Massaman curry, 1st place: Emphatically the king of curries, and perhaps the king of all foods. Spicy, coconutty, sweet and savoury. Even the packet sauce you buy from the supermarket can make the most delinquent of cooks look like a Michelin potential. Thankfully, someone invented rice, with which diners can mop up the last drizzles of curry sauce. “The Land of Smiles” isn’t just a marketing catch-line. It’s a result of being born in a land where the world’s most delicious food is sold on nearly every street corner. Tom Yum Kung, 8th place: This best food Thai masterpiece teems with shrimp, mushrooms, tomatoes, lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves. Usually loaded with coconut milk and cream, the hearty soup unifies a host of favourite Thai tastes: sour, salty, spicy and sweet. Best of all is the price: cheap. Som Tam papaya salad, 46th place: To prepare Thailand’s most famous salad, pound garlic and chilies with a mortar and pestle. Toss in tamarind juice, fish sauce, peanuts, dried shrimp, tomatoes, lime juice, sugar cane paste, string beans and a handful of grated green papaya. Grab a side of sticky rice. Variations include those made with crab (som tam pu) and fermented fish sauce (som tam pla ra), but none matches the original’s flavour and simple beauty. For more information click here

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