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Travel to Thailand in July 2022

Thailand has removed the requirement for Thailand Pass registration for all travelers.

Travelers, both Thais, and foreigners entering Thailand, will only be required to show Proof of Vaccination or COVID-19 test results.

For vaccinated adults and their children, proof of vaccination of the parent or guardian is required. Children are not required to complete a test.

For unvaccinated adults and their children, you will be required to show proof of a negative result of the RT PCR test or professional ATK test taken within 72 hours before traveling.

The Thai government recommends having comprehensive travel insurance for your travel to Thailand. AXA Thailand Insurance offers the best travel insurance and it is highly recommended.

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Required Documents for Travel to Thailand July 2022

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Required Documents for Travel to Thailand July 2022

Please have the following documents ready.

Incorrect documents will delay the entry screening to Thailand.

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US Expats Tax and Trust Free Seminar and Consultations

US Expats Tax and Trust Free Seminar and Consultations

For American Expats in Thailand, you may participate in Tax Seminar and Consultations in Hua Hin. For more information, please check this Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/370778121756657/

Free Tax Seminar in Hua Hin

Important Information You Need to Know Before Purchasing Thailand Pass Insurance

Important Information You Need to Know Before Purchasing Thailand Pass Insurance

Siam Legal has received reports from potential clients that some hospitals are creating difficulties for them until full payment is made for their medical expenses. Also, foreigners have allegedly been threatened with lawsuits for not settling their medical bills before being discharged. Using out-of-country policies can be problematic. We firmly recommend using insurance carriers headquartered inside Thailand with proper coverage to avoid any undesirable outcomes.

Siam Legal International, a premier law firm in Thailand, strongly recommends purchasing the proper insurance and therefore endorses AXA Insurance for your travel to Thailand insurance needs.

HERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT POINTS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE PURCHASING THAILAND PASS INSURANCE

  • Please carefully review the details of any insurance before purchasing to understand if the policy has adequate coverage. Cheap policies with inadequate levels of cover can lead to significant personal liability and scenarios where policyholders incur hundreds of thousands of baht in out of pocket medical expenses are not uncommon. There are significant financial risks to being underinsured during your stay in Thailand.
  • Those policies do not cover medical costs from accidents (like motorcycle accidents) or common unexpected illnesses (common fever or food poisoning). Simply pay a few baht more for the peace of mind that comes from having proper coverage.
  • AXA covers medical expenses (outpatient and inpatient) due to accidents and illnesses, including COVID-19. Other insurance coverage might not.
  • AXA also covers telemedicine and teleconsultation which may be required during the quarantine period of any traveler.

Thai hospital staff are familiar with AXA coverage which should prevent any inconvenience during hospital admission or medical treatment from your hotel room. AXA Thailand also offers 24/7 local support during your stay in Thailand.

You can purchase your COVID-19 Thailand Pass insurance today at the link below.

https://u.axa.co.th/Sawasdee_Siamlegal

COVID Visa Extension To Continue Until March 25

COVID Visa Extension To Continue Until March 25

Foreigners will now have until March 25, 2022, to extend their special COVID extension stamp, as announced by the Bureau of Immigration.

The COVID extension was supposed to end on January 25 but has been extended. The visa relief or extension grants 60 days of stay to those who apply.

It has been reported that:

  • If you have 15 days visa-on-arrival, you cannot have a COVID extension
  • If you have a 60-day Tourist Visa, you can have a COVID extension if necessary
  • If you have a 30 days Visa Exemption, you can have a COVID extension if necessary
  • If you have a Non-immigrant B, ED, O (Volunteer), for example, you can no longer have a COVID extension

Please note that this extension of stay is not automatic, you must apply for this at your local immigration office and it will be at the discretion of the officer to approve the application.

Thailand Pass Update: Test and Go Reopens February 1, 2022

The Thailand Pass Test & Go application has reopened for 2022. Now foreign travelers may enter the country using the Test & Go program. Under this program, fully vaccinated travelers including unvaccinated children from low-risk countries will only need to stay for 1 night in a Quarantine or SHA Plus Hotel while they wait for the COVID test result that was taken upon arrival. The second COVID test will be taken at any of the government-approved test centers in Thailand.

Travelers are required to have documentation such as a copy of a passport, flight booking, vaccination certificate, hotel reservation, pre-paid COVID test, and COVID-19 travel insurance with a minimum coverage of 50,000 US dollars.

Travelers are also required to undergo an RT-PCR COVID test within 72 hours before traveling to Thailand.

To apply for the Thailand Pass Test & Go Program, travelers will have to:

1. Register at the official Thailand Pass website
2. Input personal details
3. Upload the required documents
4. Receive a confirmation email after registration
5. Wait for approval which normally takes 5 to 7 days.

Thailand Pass Test & Go is now open again for travel to Thailand.

Pattaya & Koh Chang Sandbox Programs to Reopen

Pattaya & Koh Chang Sandbox Programs to Reopen

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approved the reopening of Pattaya and Ko Chang Sandbox destinations, and the reintroduction of the Sandbox Extension program starting February 1, 2022.

The reopening includes Bang Lamung, Pattaya, Si Racha, Si Chang, and Sattahip – only Na Jomtien and Bang Saray – in Chon Buri, and Ko Chang in Trat as Sandbox destinations.

The Sandbox Extension program will also be introduced between Phuket, Phang-Nga, Krabi, and Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao), where Sandbox travelers can travel within these destinations during the first 7 days in Thailand and can change accommodation three times (can book 3 different hotels).

International travelers who are planning to travel to Thailand under the Sandbox program can choose to undergo their first 7 days in either Krabi, Phang-Na, Phuket, Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao), Chon Buri (Bang Lamung, Pattaya, Si Racha, Si Chang, and Sattahip – only Na Jomtien and Bang Saray), and Trat (Ko Chang).

Current Sandbox rules remain unchanged.

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Phuket Sandbox and COVID Test FAQs

Phuket Sandbox and COVID Test FAQs

January 6, 2022
Traveling to Thailand during the pandemic gives more questions to all international travelers. Such includes the COVID-testing. Here are some of the questions that we received and collected:

Who gets the “free” second COVID testing?

Travelers approved before the Thailand Pass suspension and who arrive in the Kingdom from December 24 onwards must do a second RT-PCR test, shouldered by the government, on the 5th or 6th day at a government-approved medical facility.

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) mentioned in the December 24 briefing that travelers will have to fill in a port health letter upon arrival at the airport, which will be signed by a border control officer and certified by the Department of Disease Control. The border control officer will then provide you with a copy and a QR code, stating the venue for your second RT-PCR COVID-19 test at no additional cost.

You will present the port health letter to your hotel, which will key your records onto the COVID-19 Surveillance Tracking and Evaluation platform, and arrange for your first COVID-19 test. On day 5 or 6, go to your designated laboratory center for your second RT-PCR COVID-19.

I already have a COVID test appointment for Phuket Sandbox, do I need to register again?

It depends on your COVID test provider. You can contact the hotel or the laboratory that you registered prior.

For those who are coming to Phuket who had already registered through www.thailandpsas.com for a single swab test before the announcement of the new guidelines, you can still add a second swab test by logging in to the account you used for registration:

  1. Choose your booking details and click the "Edit" icon.
  2. Click "Additional Swab Appointment".
  3. Pay the fee

Can I travel to other places in Thailand even if only the Phuket Sandbox is available?

You need to complete a 7-night stay in Phuket before being allowed to travel to other areas of Thailand. Once you receive your first negative test result in Phuket, you are able to travel freely around Thailand’s largest island. After you receive your second negative test result and have completed a 7-night stay in Phuket, you are able to travel to any other area of Thailand.

With the suspension, are there changes to the number of quarantine days?

Seven (7) days quarantine applies to travelers who have a certificate of vaccination to confirm that they have been fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine for at least 14 days before traveling to Thailand. 10 days quarantine applies to travelers who do not have a certificate of vaccination. 14 days quarantine applies to travelers from African countries other than the previously designated high-risk countries, which are constantly being reviewed.

Can we change our flight schedule?

Flight changes are permitted within 72 hours from the original flight time registered in the Thailand Pass without the need to apply for a new Thailand Pass QR Code, provided that all other required documents remain valid or updated.

Book COVID Test for Phuket Sandbox

How to Book COVID Test for Phuket Sandbox

January 4, 2022

Starting December 23, 2021, Thailand will now require two RT-PCR tests for those entering Phuket.

The first test will be conducted at Phuket International Airport while the second test on the 5th day will be conducted at the test centers around Phuket.

The steps for the RT-PCR test via www.thailandpsas.com are as follows:
  1. Provide flight details and hotel information. You will be asked for your flight and accommodation details.
  2. Input your personal information like your gender, date of birth, country of origin, and Passport Number.
  3. Choose your swab test locations. Because the first swab test will be conducted at the Phuket International Airport, you can only choose the location for the second swab test. The swab test date will be automatically shown from the details you input in Step 1.
  4. Pay the fee. The fee for the RT PCR tests is 4200 THB.

Note: For those who have already registered for a single swab test before the announcement of the new guidelines, you can still add a second swab test by logging in to the account you used for registration:

  1. Choose your booking details and click the “Edit” icon.
  2. Click “Additional Swab Appointment”.
  3. Pay the fee.
New Entry Requirements for October 1

New Entry Requirements for October 1

September 28, 2021
On September 27, the CCSA agreed to reduce the quarantine period for vaccinated international travelers to 7 days from 1 October. Those who have not been vaccinated will quarantine for 10-14 days.
  • Group 1: Vaccinated travelers from countries not eligible for the Sandbox program need to do a 7 days quarantine.
  • Group 2: Vaccinated travelers from all countries arriving in Bangkok will be subject to a mandatory quarantine of 7 days.
  • Group 3: Not vaccinated travelers arriving by air/sea must undergo mandatory quarantine for 10 days.
  • Group 4: Not vaccinated travelers arriving by land must undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days.
Travelers who are eligible for the Phuket or Samui Plus Sandbox programs will not be affected by these new entry requirements.

New Eligible Countries for Sandbox Program

September 28, 2021
The list of countries and territories from where travelers may enter Thailand’s Sandbox program has been updated from 70 to 78.

New Eligible Countries for Thailand Sandbox
Andamantra Resort and Villa Phuket

Phuket Sandbox Hotel of the Week

September 22, 2021
With hundreds of hotels and resorts to choose from, we feature one of the best SHA+ Hotels in Phuket for your Phuket Sandbox stay. Andamantra Resort & Villa is the 5-star resort located at the prime area of the famous North Patong and Kalim beach. The resort faces the west side of the Andaman sea, commands panoramic seaview from its elevated hillside location. Guests may enjoy stunning sunset views from their balconies and most areas of the resort. It features a spa, fitness center and 3 outdoor pools. The resort is a 15-minute walk to Patong Beach and a 15-minute drive to Jungceylon Shopping Centre and Bangla Road. To book this hotel, please check: https://www.agoda.com/andamantra-resort-and-villa-phuket/hotel/phuket-th.html

Domestic Air Travel: Thai Airways

August 27, 2021
Thai Airways International (THAI) has announced an update on its domestic, regional, and international flights from August to October 2021, including dedicated Phuket Sandbox services.

Thai Airways Domestic Flights Aug-Oct 2021
Countries Eligible for Phuket and Samui Plus Sandbox

List of Countries Eligible for Phuket and Samui Plus Sandbox

August 27, 2021
On August 20th, the Ministry of health and the Tourism Authority of Thailand has published the latest list of countries eligible for the Phuket Sandbox, Samui Plus Sandbox, and Phuket Sandbox 7 + 7 Extension as follows:

Bangkok Airways

Domestic Air Travel: Bangkok Airways

August 27, 2021
Starting from 25 August 2021, Bangkok Airways will resume its direct flights between Samui and Phuket in support of the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus programs that were launched on 1 July and 15 July 2021, respectively signaling the beginning of Thailand’s reopening to tourism. The resumed services will be operated by ATR 72-600 aircraft starting with 3 flights per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Flight PG253 will depart Samui at 11.25 Hrs. and arrive at Phuket at 12.25 Hrs, with the return service Flight PG254 departing Phuket at 13.00 Hrs. and arriving at Samui at 14.00 Hrs.
Domestic Travel: Thai Smile

Domestic Travel: Thai Smile

August 27, 2021
Thai Smile Airways will operate a special charter flight from Phuket to Bangkok effective on August 26, 2021. The flight WE 8784 will depart Phuket at 14:30 hours and will arrive at Bangkok at 1600 hours. They will temporarily suspend the flight operations until August 31, 2021 and will resume on September 1, 2021.
Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension Program

Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension Program

August 20, 2021
Starting from 16 August 2021, the “Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension” program allows eligible international travelers to reduce the mandatory stay in Phuket from 14 to 7 days, after which another 7 nights can be spent in the provinces of Krabi, Phang Nga, and Surat Thani. Travelers planning to spend another 7 nights outside of Phuket must obtain a ‘Transfer Form’ issued by their hotel in Phuket indicating that they have stayed in Phuket for 7 nights, which they will need to show together with the negative results of their two COVID-19 tests.
Sandbox Express Bus

Sandbox Express Bus

August 13, 2021
This bus travel from Phuket to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport is arranged only for international travelers under the Phuket Sandbox program and their family members. Available from 4-16 August 2021, every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, the bus leaves Central Festival Phuket at 05.00 Hrs. and PTT Thalang at 05.30 Hrs. and arrives at Suvarnabhumi Airport on the same evening at around 21.00 Hrs. Fare starts from 1,500 Baht per person depending on the number of passengers per trip. Booking must be made through SHA+ Manager at the hotel.
Phuket to Bangkok flight for Phuket Sandboxers

Phuket to Bangkok flight for Phuket Sandboxers

August 13, 2021
Thai Smile Airways is offering a flight from Phuket to Bangkok for "Phuket Sandbox" passengers starting on 14 August 2021. Flight WE8087 will depart Phuket at 14.30 Hrs. and arrive in Bangkok at 16.00 Hrs. The ticket price is 4,300 Baht per person all-inclusive. Payment must be made by 12.00 Hrs. on 12 August 2021. For further information on this flight, email [email protected]
Samui Sandbox
New Entry Requirements for October 1

New Entry Requirements for October 1

September 28, 2021
On September 27, the CCSA agreed to reduce the quarantine period for vaccinated international travelers to 7 days from 1 October. Those who have not been vaccinated will quarantine for 10-14 days.
  • Group 1: Vaccinated travelers from countries not eligible for the Sandbox program need to do a 7 days quarantine.
  • Group 2: Vaccinated travelers from all countries arriving in Bangkok will be subject to a mandatory quarantine of 7 days.
  • Group 3: Not vaccinated travelers arriving by air/sea must undergo mandatory quarantine for 10 days.
  • Group 4: Not vaccinated travelers arriving by land must undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days.
Travelers who are eligible for the Phuket or Samui Plus Sandbox programs will not be affected by these new entry requirements.

New Eligible Countries for Sandbox Program

September 28, 2021
The list of countries and territories from where travelers may enter Thailand’s Sandbox program has been updated from 70 to 78.

New Eligible Countries for Thailand Sandbox
The Briza Beach Resort

Samui Sandbox Hotel of the Week

September 22, 2021
This week, we feature one of the Samui Extra Plus Hotels for your Sandbox application. Situated on beautiful Chaweng Beach, The Briza Beach Resort, offers spacious and luxurious villas with private pools and free WiFi. It enjoys convenient access to Koh Samui's entertainment spots as well as restaurants and bars. The Briza Beach Resort is a 5-minute stroll to various shopping and dining options along Chaweng Beach. It only takes 15 minutes by car from the resort to Samui International Airport. To book this hotel, please check:

https://www.agoda.com/the-briza-beach-resort/hotel/koh-samui-th.html
Countries Eligible for Phuket and Samui Plus Sandbox

List of Countries Eligible for Phuket and Samui Plus Sandbox

August 27, 2021
On August 20th, the Ministry of health and the Tourism Authority of Thailand has published the latest list of countries eligible for the Phuket Sandbox, Samui Plus Sandbox, and Phuket Sandbox 7 + 7 Extension as follows:

Bangkok Airways

Domestic Air Travel: Bangkok Airways

August 27, 2021
Starting from 25 August 2021, Bangkok Airways will resume its direct flights between Samui and Phuket in support of the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus programs that were launched on 1 July and 15 July 2021, respectively signaling the beginning of Thailand’s reopening to tourism. The resumed services will be operated by ATR 72-600 aircraft starting with 3 flights per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Flight PG253 will depart Samui at 11.25 Hrs. and arrive at Phuket at 12.25 Hrs, with the return service Flight PG254 departing Phuket at 13.00 Hrs. and arriving at Samui at 14.00 Hrs.