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

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