Thailand’s Civil Aviation Authority details international flight rules

PHOTO: Vaccines are key to the new flight rules on international arrivals to Phuket. (via Travel Weekly Asia)

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has announced some specific flight rules on the procedure for international travellers flying into Phuket after July 1. This comes just after the Tourism Authority of Thailand laid out more general rules for travel within Thailand for international tourists. Tourism officials from TAT and the island have been steadfastly determined to reopen under its tourism “sandbox” plan, despite the current surge in cases and daily new cases still appearing in Phuket.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration will be evaluating Phuket’s readiness and reporting to the cabinet for a meeting Friday to approve or deny the July 1 reopening.

The flight rules for passengers arriving into Phuket from abroad will require all arrivals to be fully vaccinated, receiving 2 doses of those vaccines that require it. Notably, an exception is made for AstraZeneca, only requiring a traveller to have received the first of 2 jabs for just that brand.

Another exception for requiring the immunity that vaccination provides is that of natural immunity. People with documentation that they have fully recovered from a Covid-19 infection within the previous 90 days before their arrival will also be allowed to enter. New flight rules will require all passengers to have paperwork confirming that they have been tested for Covid-19 within the last 7 days and have returned a negative result.

Any travellers attempting to board a plane without documents meeting these flight rules – proof of a negative test within a week and either 1 AstraZeneca shot, full inoculation, or full recovery from Covid-19 within the past 3 months – will be denied boarding by the airlines and not allowed to travel.

The exception to these new tight restrictions implemented to allow international travel to begin to return to Thailand is for children. Kids under 5 years old will have an exemption from the flight rules and will be allowed to travel with parents who are properly vaccinated or meet the other qualifications.

Meetings have been taking place to judge Phuket’s readiness for reopening before the CCSA delivers its report to the Cabinet, and also to take into account public opinion on reopening. Officials are meeting with hotels, transportation, restaurants and other businesses catering to tourism, and also other local business operators to discuss opinions on reopening on July 1.

SOURCE: Bangkok News

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.


  1. RULES
    No talking.
    No eating.
    No drinking.
    No looking out the window.
    No visiting the toilet – you’ll have to wait.
    Wah the captain when leaving the aircraft.
    Kiss the Thai runway when leaving aircraft.
    No whinging when Thai Airlines do not fly you home and keep your money.
    Welcome to Thailand you smelly ferangs.
    We hope you have brought plenty of cash.

  2. So one shot of AstraZeneca is equal to two doses of Pfizer or Moderna? I’m sure that must make sense somewhere just not sure where outside of Thailand. The PCR test is now within 7 days instead of 72 hours? A lot can happen in a week why even bother? And last it’s now less than a month away and the plan still isn’t approved? At least it will keep the numbers down, oh wait that wasn’t the objective.

  3. require all arrivals to be fully vaccinated, receiving 2 doses of those vaccines that require it.
    exception is made for AstraZeneca, only requiring first of 2 jabs for just that brand

    You what?

  4. “Notably, an exception is made for AstraZeneca, only requiring a traveller to have received the first of 2 jabs for just that brand.”

    But not Pfizer or Moderna, which are as effective after the first jab, and reportedly more effective against variants.

    One can only wonder why and draw the obvious conclusion.

  5. Like most people I asked myself why just one jab of the AZ vaccine. So where is the angle on this? Then I started to think…..Wasn’t the initial statement that ALL Phuket residents would be FULLY vaccinated by July 1st? Then it’s slipped to 70% of all Phuket adults would be FULLY vaccinated. Then it slipped recently to 70% of adults would have received their first jab by July 1st. Given the main vaccine available as part of Thailand’s vaccination “plan” is the AZ, is this a political move knowing most adults will have had one jab of AZ come July 1st? That it the only Thai logic I can think of here. Other than that and from a scientific basis, it makes no sense at all.

  6. One other thing. They may have unwittingly closed off a large part of their market. Many US and Europeans aged under 40 are not getting the AZ vaccine and will have likely only received their first jab of Pfizer, Moderna by July 1st.

  7. states on their web pages that transit through Bangkok is allowed.
    There is so much conflicting information as your messages say that travellers can only fly direct into Phuket. I need to know which version is correct, as I wishto enter on 01 July and need time for preparation.
    Please could you give the correct information as I am worried about fake advertising on the part of Roalvacation.

  8. yep …..well, i ll wait that s the whole thingy cool down before to travel again.let s say when everybody will get vaccinated and when no more covid surge as it is today.i saw they are hooking peoples from middles east hummmmmm i ll definitely wait for next year lol.

  9. @L-Dogg – The answer is: direct flights only, you can’t transit through Bangkok. In order to accomplish that is to first transit through a hub like Dubai, UAE….and there are likely others. The Sandbox plan is to isolate you in Phuket for seven days, strip you of your wallet and kick you to the curb. After seven days you may leave. But you have to qualify to re – enter ( 10 day testing etc) because of course, you can only fly home through Phuket. Good luck.

  10. And then what happens after arrival,
    No ASQ requirement at all?
    Reduced ASQ duration?
    If there is any ASQ or forced hotel-type on customers, will they be refunded when the government decides to delay or scrap the whole idea.

  11. @J West – My flight is for November so far, I was just going to cover myself and get a second rental car set-up. in case I have to spend my first 7 days in Phuket. Hopefully things will be a little more organized come November.
    Thanks for the response, though the other guy had a link that shows you can transit thru Bangkok, but that doesn’t seem too reliable, who knows, every day it changes.

  12. Presently for Europeans there are many more attractive desinations. Thailand will become more attractive destination from mid December until March but bear in mind Thailand is no longer a cheap destination so by then would need to enter and leave without any restrictions which is far from the present conditions which for most unacceptable

  13. Do you have to tourist to get into the sandbox and is it ONLY for return ticket holders?
    What about those who have work permits and have been WFH abroad, or retirees and other non-tourist visa types who want to come back.
    This could be an attractive route to avoid 14 day jail-hotels and PCRs/fit to fly, done only 3 days before.
    Seven days in a cheap hotel of your choice on arrival, before moving onto Bangkok or Pattaya and a PCR test done 7 days before arrival is much better terms.
    Who in their right mind would fly into Bangkok after July 1 – especially if the airlines/country of transfer used, doesn’t have restriction issues with your own home country.

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