Updated September 22, 2021
The Tourism Authority of Thailand has sent out a letter to people in the tourism industry saying that Phuket will open to vaccinated Thai and foreign travelers from 1 July. Travelers do not need to do quarantine but they must stay in Phuket (and Samui or Krabi) for at least 14 days and will then be allowed to visit other destinations in Thailand.
Who can travel to Phuket from abroad?
- Vaccinated Thai and foreign travelers from listed countries (see the list below) and you must have stayed for 21 days in that country before traveling to Phuket
- Unvaccinated children under 18 years old traveling with vaccinated parents
***Unvaccinated adult travelers will be required to undergo mandatory quarantine at any AQ Hotels in Phuket for 14 days
***Travelers from un-listed countries (vaccinated or not) is not eligible for Phuket Sandbox and must undergo a mandatory quarantine
Phuket SandBox Requirements
- Vaccine Certificate/proof of vaccination
- ThailandPlus alert application on mobile phone
- RT-PCR COVID 19 test before arrival in Phuket
- COVID-19 Insurance
- Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by Thai Embassy/Consulate
- Stay at SHA+ Hotel in Phuket and Sealed Routes
- Pre-paid RT-PCR COVID 19 tests in Phuket
***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 to Phuket from abroad. No transit in Bangkok.
- 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 and Sealed Routes (Samui and Krabi), you will then be able to travel to any domestic destination in Thailand.
SHA+ Hotels in Phuket
Flights to Phuket
At present, certain airlines are permitted to operate semi-commercial flights to Thailand. Airlines such as El Al Israel, Cathay, Qatar, Emirates, Etihad, THAI, and Singapore Airlines operate flights to Phuket on a daily basis.
TIP: If your flight to Phuket is not full, you may request the cabin crew for you to be seated two to three rows away from other passengers. Just in case one of the passengers tested positive for COVID 19 on arrival, then, you do not need to be isolated or quarantined at your own expense.
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:
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.
COE Application Service
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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 before you can stay in private accommodation. It will be either 14 nights in Phuket OR you can book 7 nights in Phuket and another 7 nights in Samui, Krabi or Phang Nga, before you can move to other provinces of Thailand or before you can stay in private accommodation.
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 such as having RT-PCR COVID 19 test before traveling to Phuket.
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 process will take at least 5 up to 15 business days.
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. You must stay for at least 7 nights in your first SHA+ hotel in Phuket before you can move to another SHA+ hotel in Phuket, Samui or Krabi.
The COVID tests, will that be in the hotel or hospital?
It will be in the designated test centers in Phuket and you must pay the COVID 19 tests before applying for COE. You can also book your COVID test on this page: https://www.thailandpsas.com/
List of Approved Countries and Territories for Phuket Sandbox as of September 22, 2021
- Antigua & Barbuda
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea