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
- 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.
Thailand’s Department of Disease Control (DDC) posts a new list of a low to medium risk countries for Covid-19 on the 1st and 16th of every month. The information is mostly in Thai. Click HERE to go to the DDC website.
- 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.
- Travellers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days and not longer than 1 year prior to the travel date.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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
- After booking with SHA+ hotel, SHABA ID will be provided for RT-PCR test booking
- 3 RT-PCR tests costs about 8,000 Baht per person and must be booked via https://www.thailandpsas.com/SignIn with your SHABA ID.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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