As the Thai government announced, they are ready to open more of their travel destinations to travelers from all over the world. They are set to open Hua Hin, along with Pattaya and Chiang Mai on October 1. As for Hua Hin Sandbox, it is still in the discussion whether to finally open it on the set schedule but is expected to do so. The final decision will be announced soon.
From Phuket Sandbox, Samui Plus, Phuket 7+7 Extension to opening a few more travel destinations just means that travelers have more options in how and where when it comes to traveling to Thailand. Thailand has paved its way in saving its economy and has seen success upon their reopening of gates for travelers while fighting against COVID-19.
It is in the best interest of the Thai government to let travelers enjoy and relax while in their stay while also being safe from COVID-19, so, travelers are in safe hands.
Hua Hin Recharge
This scheme allows travelers to travel without quarantine once travelers receive negative results upon their arrival. Good news for travelers who do not want to be quarantined. But despite without quarantine, expect that there are still rules set to be followed for the own safety of travelers.
Hua Hin is known for the laid-back ambiance it gives off to travelers probably because it is a smaller and quieter place of destination compared to others. A seaside resort city close to Bangkok, which makes it the best place for a weekend getaway for Bangkok residents, and even foreigners.
The place does not only offer the beautiful sandy beach itself but it offers a greater amount of attractions and activities such as golfing, horseback riding and if one is interested in night activities, they have night markets for travelers to freely roam around and buy some souvenirs, foods, drinks and many more that you have to find out.
Requirements and Steps to Travel in Hua Hin
In general, traveling these days takes much effort and much time, not just in Thailand. Each country has set its own preventive measures to fight COVID-19. It is very important for travelers to know what the requirements are to enter the country to not cause trouble and to shorten the time given in the process upon entering the country. Please take note of the following:
1. Traveler Eligibility
To be able to enter Hua Hin, one must assess their eligibility before booking a flight. The following are some of the lists that make you an eligible traveler:
- The traveler must come from countries that are low risk or moderate risk and they must have stayed there for 21 days before the departure.
- The traveler must be vaccinated and must be able to show proof of vaccination or a valid Vaccination Certificate.
2. Proof of Booked Flight and Hotel Reservation
After checking one’s eligibility to travel one can book a flight and also book a hotel to stay. This is important because:
- Travelers must show proof of confirmation of the flight from airlines that are permitted to operate flights to Hua Hin.
- Travelers must show proof that he/she has booked an ASQ or ALSQ hotel certified by the government for travelers to stay in.
3. Purchase COVID-19 Insurance
COVID-19 insurance is mandatory for all travelers. This is for the protection of all travelers in the event that a virus infects them while they are in the nation. This will pay a traveler’s expenses in relation to the COVID-19 incident.
You can purchase the COVID Insurance on this link:
4. Obtain a Certificate of Entry
A COE must be obtained 7 days prior to the anticipated departure date.
The following are the documents that travelers need to prepare upon applying for COE:
- Copy of Passport
- Copy of Visa
- Copy of Travel Health/Medical Insurance Policy or COVID-19 Insurance that will cover the expenses COVID-19 related emergencies
- Copy of flight confirmation/reservation
- Copy of Alternative State Quarantine or ASQ Hotel confirmation
5. Obtain a Negative COVID-19 Test Result
You must receive a Medical Certificate with a laboratory result stating that COVID-19 is not discovered after acquiring your COE or Certificate of Entrance. The COVID test must be performed using the RT-PCR method within 72 hours of departure.
6. Prepare your Documents
As a recommendation for travelers, it is best if travelers prepare the documents needed before traveling. To lessen the time consumed in the process of the documents being checked by the staff.
The following are the list of documents that a traveler must prepare:
- Passport with at least 6 months validity
- Certificate of Entry (COE)
- Proof of Vaccination
- Booked and purchased return air travel
- Booked and paid accommodation and required RT-PCR tests at ASQ/ALSQ hotels
- COVID-19 Insurance
- Medical Certificate Document
- Health Declaration Form or T8 Health Form
- Downloaded and registered ThailandPlus App
As much as the traveler’s safety is in the Thai government’s hands, it is also in the traveler’s own hands as well. Know that the government is doing their best to give travelers what they deserve, a fun and relaxing stay, and this will be a success with the cooperation of the travelers.
Fighting COVID-19 has been the goal. Countries from all over the world have the same goal and it works best if all do their part.