Connect with us

Tourism

Reopening guidelines for Phuket and Samui

Neill Fronde

Published

 on 

PHOTO: Detailed guidelines for the first travellers into Thailand. (via Flickr Andy Mitchell)

In a press release, the Tourism Authority of Thailand recently sought to lay out and clarify guidelines for how Thailand’s reopening will begin. The Phuket Sandbox plan rolls out first on July 1 (awaiting final approval), followed by a proposal for Surat Thani province reopening Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao on a sealed route July 15.

Here’s the current guidelines of what travellers need to do before travelling, how arriving will work, what the restrictions are during your stay, and how to travel on after restricted arrival periods are finished. Both ‘sandbox’ and ‘sealed route proposals are awaiting final approval by Cabinet and inclusion in the Royal Gazette.

NOTE: There could be changes to these proposals in coming weeks. The Thaiger is constantly updating with the latest information.

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • A Certificate of Entry can be obtained at entrythailand.go.th with the required documents listed below.
  • Must be coming from a country with low- to medium risk for Covid-19
    • Must have been in that country for at least 3 weeks
    • Applies to foreigners AND Thai citizens
    • List of approved countries will be updated frequently here. (The page is in Thai but the update links are posted newest first and the bottom of most update files has a chart listing from left to right: low risk, medium risk, high risk countries)
  • Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 for at least 2 weeks before your travel date
    • Must carry a vaccine certificate to confirm vaccination
    • Vaccine must be an approved brand by either the Ministry of Public Health or the World Health Organisation
  • If you have already had Covid-19, you are still required to be fully vaccinated for at least 2 weeks before travel
  • Kids less than 6 years old can travel with a fully vaccinated guardian or parent
  • Must have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of travel
  • Must carry Covid-19 health insurance with US $100,000 coverage minimum

ARRIVING IN THAILAND

  • On arrival, standard immigration and customs procedures will apply
  • RT-PCR tests will be given to screen for Covid-19
  • Travellers must install an alert application on their mobile devices
  • Proceed directly to an approved, pre-booked hotel and wait for test results
  • Phuket
    • Must be an SHA Plus-certified accommodation
    • Once test is negative, travel through Phuket is allowed
  • Samui
    • Must be an Alternative Local Quarantine accommodation
    • Once test is negative, travellers can leave their room but remain on the accommodation property.

BEGINNING OF STAY IN THAILAND

  • Covid-19 RT-PCR tests will be given following Ministry of Public Health guidelines
  • Must follow the DMHTTA guidelines: Distancing, Mask wearing, Handwashing, Temperature check, Testing for Covid-19, and Alert application
  • Phuket
    • No minimum stay if departing internationally
    • Must stay 14 days in Phuket province before travelling to other areas of Thailand.
  • Samui
    • Days 1-3: Can move within accommodation only
    • Days 4-7: Can travel on specific sealed routes on Koh Samui
    • Days 8-14: Can travel freely in Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao

FURTHER TRAVEL IN THAILAND

  • Must show proof that the 14-day arrival stay has been completed
  • Must follow guidelines and restrictions declared by the destination province

NOTE: In ALL cases please check the latest details from your Thai embassy before making final bookings. Overseas embassies will not have final details about the Sandbox or Sealed Routes plans until they have been published in the Royal Gazette.

SOURCE: TAT Newsroom

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

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.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Drugs2 hours ago

Expat arrested on drug charges allegedly claims to be a local “Robin Hood”

Thailand2 hours ago

Thai Airways selling 10 properties to raise capital

Best of2 hours ago

The 5 Best Cafes in Koh Samui

Sponsored8 hours ago

Tour Phuket’s Islands with 5 Star Marine

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand3 hours ago

Thailand News Today | record Covid deaths, ban on ‘mass gatherings’ | August 4

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Vaccine updates for expats; hospital extends hours to accelerate vaccinations

Guides4 hours ago

8 things to do correctly in Thailand

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Best of4 hours ago

Thailand’s 5 most absolutely luxurious hotels

Myanmar5 hours ago

Myanmar envoy updated to Brunei’s 2nd Foreign Affairs Minister

Thailand6 hours ago

Thailand’s national parks ban the use of some sunscreens containing particular chemicals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

Wednesday Covid Update: 20,200 new cases, provincial totals

Guides6 hours ago

Visa Exemption Rule – 56 countries to enter Thailand without a visa

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

Third phase testing successful for Vietnam Covid-19 vaccine

Phuket7 hours ago

Phuket police arrest 2 men and seize more than 160,000 methamphetamine pills

Thailand8 hours ago

Good Morning Thailand | Hemp Ice cream, Thai English proficiency, Covid stats

Best of9 hours ago

5 Best Seafood Restaurants in Koh Samui

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending