“No Quarantine” Phuket Sandbox Plan


Phuket Sandbox Plan

Phuket Sandbox Plan
Updated 12 June, 2021

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has sent out a letter to people in the tourism industry saying that Phuket will open to vaccinated foreign tourists from 1 July. Travelers do not need to do quarantine but they must stay in Phuket for at least 14 days and will then be allowed to visit other destinations in Thailand.

Who can travel to Phuket from abroad?

  • Vaccinated foreign travelers from low and medium risk countries
  • Unvaccinated children under 6 years old traveling with vaccinated parents
  • Unvaccinated children between 6 years old and 18 years old (Rapid Antigen Test on arrival is required)

***Unvaccinated adult travelers will be required to undergo mandatory quarantine at any ALQ Hotels in Phuket for 14 days

Phuket SandBox Requirements

***Full vaccination at least 14 days prior to your departure to Thailand and not more than 12 months.

Important Things to Remember

  • You must stay in a SHA+ accredited hotel in Phuket only.
  • You must fly directly to Phuket from abroad.
  • If you are staying less than 14 days in Phuket, you must fly out of Phuket to an international destination.
  • If you are staying for 14 days or more in Phuket, you will then be able to travel to any domestic destination in Thailand.

All of this information may change as soon as the list of low and medium-risk countries eligible for the Phuket SandBox program and the list of accredited hotels will be released sometime in June 2021.

SHA+ Hotels in Phuket

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Flights to Phuket

At present, certain airlines are permitted to operate semi-commercial flights to Thailand. Airlines such as  British, Cathay, Qatar, Emirates, Etihad, THAI, and Singapore Airlines operate flights to Phuket on a daily basis.

COVID 19 Insurance

With the new wave of COVID-19 in Thailand, COVID-19 Insurance is a mandatory requirement for travelers. It acts as another level of security to ensure that you can cover all costs in case you are diagnosed with COVID-19 during your stay in Thailand. It covers you for a minimum of $100,000 policy and it must cover the duration of your stay in Thailand.

You can purchase the COVID Insurance on this link:

COVID Travel Insurance Thailand

Certificate of Entry (COE)

Certificate of Entry (COE) is a mandatory official document issued to Thai and Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter Thailand. It confirms that you meet the entry requirements as set by the Thai government and you are accepted to enter Thailand. The application website will be updated to include the Phuket SandBox model. This will be available in the coming weeks.

COE Application Service

Siam Legal International offers foreigners and Thais who wish to enter Thailand fast and hassle-free COE application assistance.

You can sign-up for Siam Legal COE Application Service on the link below:

Click here to sign-up for COE Application Service
Should you have further questions or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us back by email or through WhatsApp at +66 84021 9800.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will it be mandatory to stay in SHA+ hotels only? Can we stay in a friend’s house or our own condo?

No, you can only stay in SHA+ accommodation only for the first 14 nights.

Would other people be allowed to visit the traveler during the initial 14-night stay?

Yes, if that person is fully vaccinated or if that person comes from Bangkok, that person must follow Phuket entry requirements for domestic travelers.

If one wants to go out to a restaurant or a bar in the evening, do you need a guide?

No, you can move around Phuket freely. However, if you want to do other touristic activities, it is advisable to book it through an accredited SHA+ tour operator.

Do travelers still need to apply for the Certificate of Entry?

Yes, anybody traveling to Thailand is still required to obtain a Certificate of Entry (or visa applicable) from the Thai Embassy or Consulate. The application website will be updated to include the Phuket SandBox model. This will be available in the coming weeks.

Do travelers have to stay in the same SHA+ hotel for the full 14 days required on arrival or is it possible to move between several hotels?

Travelers can swap between hotels if they want to, but the hotel must be SHA+ accredited as well.

The COVID tests, will that be in the hotel or hospital?

It will be in your hotel.

 

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257 Comments

  1. Pia Dreher
    June 22, 2021
    Reply

    Dear Rex,

    I am from Germany and completly vaccinated. Do I need a nonstop flight to Phuket or is a flight with transit in Bangkok possible too?

    Thank you and Kind regards,
    Pia

    • June 22, 2021

      Dear Pia,
      Good day.
      You can book flight Germany-Qatar-Phuket or Germany-UAE-Phuket or Germany-Singapore-Phuket.
      Thank you.

  2. Sadia
    June 22, 2021
    Reply

    Thank you for your reply. My niece is studying in Phuket and her parents are in Pakistan..her school has already closed for the summer and she is staying with a friend..

    If she returns to Pakistan she will not be able to return to Thailand before her next semester due to the covid regulations. Also she is only 16 so even if she is allowed to return they will require her to quarantine which obviously she cannot do alone. 

    Is there no special permission her parents could obtain to travel to Phuket from Pakistan ? 

    Kind regards 

    Sadia 

    • June 22, 2021

      Dear Sadia,
      That is very unfortunately. I regret to inform you that we do not have any information to solve this problem. Please contact the Thai Embassy in Pakistan for more information.
      Thank you.

  3. mike
    June 22, 2021
    Reply

    Hi Rex – I am fully vacinated and in US for past 30 days. I will travel to france July 3 and plan to fly to phuket direct on july 12. both are medium risk, but i will be in france less then 21 days. Can i do that? thanks Mike

    • June 22, 2021

      Dear Mike,
      Good day.
      US and France are medium risk countries, therefore you have been in altogether for 21 days in these countries. You can apply for the COE in France. The only issue that I see; the Thai Embassy in Paris might ask you for your French visa when you apply for the COE or proof of residence in France. Or maybe they will not ask for it.
      Thank you.

  4. Mike
    June 22, 2021
    Reply

    Hi Rex – thanks for all the great information on the site.
    Can the exit flight be on a separate ticket with a different airline than the inbound to phuket. thanks

    • June 22, 2021

      Dear Mike,
      Good day.
      Yes, your exit flight can be a different airline and it can be booked separately but you need both entry and exit flights when applying for the COE because it will be the basis of your COVID insurance validity also.
      Thank you.

  5. Oeystein Johan Gautvik Loewer
    June 22, 2021
    Reply

    Hi!

    I will be arriving in Phuket on nov 2nd, leaving Norway on Monday Nov 1st.
    I will be fully vaccinated.

    As far as i know, i can’t be tested during the weekend in Norway where I live, so I can only be tested on the Friday (29th October), which is over 72 hours before departure.

    How fresh must the PCR test be before entering Phuket?

    • June 22, 2021

      Dear Johan,
      Good day.
      We recommend for you to book a flight that departs Norway in the middle or end of the week so that the clinics are open 2 to 3 days before your flight.
      Thank you.

  6. Mrs.Worawan Rooney
    June 22, 2021
    Reply

    Dear Sir/Madam
    My boss will arr at Suwannabhume airport on 13 Aug. Can he catch the flight to Phuket same day and same airport?

    • June 22, 2021

      Dear Worawan,
      Good day.
      There has been plans to provide Bangkok to Phuket flight for those who are transiting in Bangkok, but right now, those designated flights have not been approved just yet.
      Thank you.

  7. Kristhin
    June 22, 2021
    Reply

    Good evening Mr. Rex,

    I am Filipino citizen and I am currently residing in the United Arab Emirates, and planning to travel to phuket on the 2nd of July for 2 weeks. I did apply for the COE, but unfortunately, I got rejected. As per the guidelines, I have to attached those necessary docs such as passport, vaccinated cert. And once it gets approve then we can proceed to ticket, ASQ and insurance attachments.

    Could you please tell me what is the the possible things to do… Or it is something to do with the sandbox phuket as it is not yet officially confirmed?

    Highly appreciated your response.
    Thanks,
    Kristhin

    • June 22, 2021

      Dear Kristhin,
      Good day.
      It has been rejected because the current COE application portal has been designed for COE application with quarantine requirements. The COE application for Phuket Sandbox is not open yet. I recommend for you to call the consulate or embassy next week.
      Thank you.

  8. จิราภรณ์
    June 22, 2021
    Reply

    ประเทศบาห์เรน ได้เข้าร่วมภูเก็ตแซนบ็อกไหมค่ะ ??

    • June 22, 2021

      Dear Jiraporn,
      Good day.
      Bahrain is listed as high risk country therefore it is not possible to get COE for Phuket Sandbox from Bahrain.
      Thank you.

  9. Rio Segundo
    June 22, 2021
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    Im from the Philippines and this article stated that the Philippines is a high risk country. Even if Im fully vaccinated, this would mean that I would need to quarantine for 14days before I can transfer to a SHA accredited resort in Phuket. Is this correct?

    Thanks

    • June 22, 2021

      Dear Rio,
      Good day.
      Yes, that is correct. However the combined list of MOPH and TAT has not been published. Only the list from MOPH was published last June 16th.
      There may be a new list to be published before July 1.
      Thank you.

  10. Adam
    June 22, 2021
    Reply

    Hello,
    I have booked flights and a hotel and will be travelling from the UAE. Do I require a VISA, or is this available on arrival? I have enquired regarding a VISA at the local embassy and have been told I need 6 months on my emirates ID, and British passport. Can you explain why this is? If thhis is the case I will have to cancel my entire booking due to my EID not having 6 months validity, even though I have a valid passport and all the vaccine shots. Very frustrating and wasn’t a clear requirement when I made the booking.

    • June 22, 2021

      Dear Adam,
      Good day.
      You can apply for the COE or Certificate of Entry under Visa Exemption category, therefore, there is no need to apply for the visa. You automatically get 45 days visa exemption. To get the COE, I do not think there is a requirement for 6 months validity of passport.
      Thank you.

  11. Carmen
    June 22, 2021
    Reply

    Transit of 3 hours through Qatar is allowed under Phuket Sandbox ? UK is still medium risk or there is a new list?

    • June 22, 2021

      Dear Carmen,
      Good day.
      Yes, you can transit through Doha. UK and Qatar both medium and low risk countries. The new list will be out July 1. The current list was dated June 16th.
      Thank you.

    • Sadia
      June 22, 2021

      I would like to know if travellers from Pakistan will.be allowed entry to Phuket ?

    • June 22, 2021

      Dear Sadia,
      Good day.
      Pakistan is a high risk country and the Thai Embassy in Pakistan does not issue COE at this time, so you are not qualified for the Phuket Sandbox.
      Thank you.

  12. Lou
    June 22, 2021
    Reply

    Hi,

    My name is Lou, from the Philippines. I will be traveling to Thailand on July 1st, now I found this news article that says Philippines is one of the high risk country and will be banned from entering Phuket or any parts of Thailand starting July 1st, I honestly don’t know what to do.

    Thank you so much.

    • June 22, 2021

      Dear Lou,
      Good day.
      No, you are not banned. You can still travel to Phuket. You can apply for the COE but you must stay in a mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
      Thank you.

  13. cathal
    June 22, 2021
    Reply

    Hi Rex , if your travel takes you through a high risk country are you allowed to enter phucket , like a flight transit through Istanbul ? Also does the 21 days prior to departure gave to be spent in 1 medium risk country or can it have been spent 2 medium risk countries , like 2 weeks in ireland and 2 week in spain . Thanks.

    • June 22, 2021

      Dear Cathal,
      Does Turkish Airline travel to Phuket? Your COE will state the Airline and Flight Number, so as long as it is there in the COE, then you can transit in Turkey. But I do not think Turkish Airlines flies from Istanbul to Phuket in July or August.
      When you apply for the COE, you must be located in a medium or low risk country and your departure flight stated in that COE is also in that country. Please call the Thai Embassy in Spain if you can get the COE prior to coming to Phuket.
      Thank you.

  14. Gerry Letellier
    June 22, 2021
    Reply

    Hello, can belgian people go to phuket in the sandbox?

    • June 22, 2021

      Dear Gerry,
      Good day.
      Yes, the Thai Embassy in Belgium will be able to issue a certificate of entry or COE under the Phuket Sandbox program. At the moment, the application is still closed and we expect that it may be open in a few days.
      Thank you.

  15. Harry
    June 22, 2021
    Reply

    Will we have to fly direct to Phuket from UK or could the flight transit in another country? For example Qatar. There are many flights from London with 1 stop! Thanks

    • June 22, 2021

      Dear Harry,
      Yes, you can transit in UAE, Qatar, Hong Kong or Singapore.
      Thank you.

    • Sadia
      June 22, 2021

      Hello
      Will tourists from Pakistan be allowed to travel to Phuket if fully vaccinated from 1st July ? . I haven’t been able to find an updated list on the Internet. I did read India is still banned but no mention of Pakistan.

      Thanks

    • June 22, 2021

      Dear Sadia,
      Good day.
      The issuance of COE for non-Thai nationals who are travelling from Pakistan to Thailand has been suspended until further notice, therefore you are not qualified for the Phuket Sandbox.
      Thank you.

  16. Ali
    June 22, 2021
    Reply

    Hi,
    Thank you for a wonderful job. Just to make sure
    1 I need to be fully vaccinated 14 days before arriving to Phuket via direct flight
    2 I need to have a negative PCR test 72 hours before traveling to Phuket
    3 I need to do a PCR test upon arrival in Phuket
    4 I need to wait for the test in an SHA+ hotel which might cost 3k-4K baht
    5 if the result is negative I still need to stay in that Hotel
    6 after 14 days in the Hotel I can move freely in Phuket or anywhere in Thailand

    Is that it or did I miss anything?

    Thank you

    • June 22, 2021

      Dear Ali,
      Good day.
      On number 5, you can stay in that hotel (not limited to your room) and you are able to travel around Phuket even starting on Day 1. You can freely travel around Phuket.
      On number 6, you can move to other provinces such as Bangkok.
      Thank you.