Is Thailand Open for Tourists?

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Missing Thailand? Wondering if you could come and enjoy the beautiful tropical weather? The answer is YES! However, with the spread of the COVID-19 around the world, there are some travel restrictions and a lot of documents required to enter the Land of Smiles. Although, things are a little easier for fully vaccinated tourists since they have an option of not doing a full 14-day quarantine in some destinations. Let’s have a look at what you need, shall we?

Phuket Sandbox

The government launched the Phuket Sandbox model on 1 July 2021 for fully vaccinated tourists from all over the world to be able to enjoy their time without quarantine hassles, and these are some requirements:

  • Certificate or proof of vaccination (Fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to departure).
  • Certificate of Entry (COE).
  • Travel insurance that covers COVID-19.
  • Certificate of negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test which has to be done no more than 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Booking confirmation at a SHA+ hotel.
  • COVID-19 RT-PCR test on arrival in Phuket.
  • Direct flight from abroad to Phuket International Airport.
  • After a minimum of 14 days in Phuket, tourists are allowed to travel to other Provinces in Thailand.
  • Install Thailand Plus Tracking App and upload required information prior to departure.

Note: Started on 1 August 2021, tourists are allowed to hop to 9 other islands after they complete 7 days in Phuket.

Koh Samui & Other Islands

After launching the Phuket Sandbox model on 1 July 2021, Thailand’s government decided to launch the Samui+ model on 15 July 2021 which covers nearby destinations, such as Koh Tao and Koh Pha-ngan. The documents required are the same as the Phuket Sandbox model with some additional requirements as stated below:

  • Tourists must travel from a low/medium risk country listed by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health and must have stayed in that country for at least 21 days prior to departure.
  • The first 7 days after arrival, you have to stay in a Samui Extra+ hotel. Then, from day 8 onwards, you have to shift to a SHA+ hotel in Koh Samui. That being said, booking confirmations for both Samui Extra+ and SHA+ hotels are required to obtain the COE.
  • From day 4 onwards, tourists are allowed to visit destinations within specified routes in Koh Samui, and after day 8, tourists can visit Koh Tao and Koh Pha-ngan as well.

The Rest of Thailand

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha stated in a press interview in June 2021 that Thailand will be reopened for fully vaccinated tourists without having to undergo a 14-day quarantine by mid-October 2021. Of course, it depends on Thailand’s COVID-19 situation and the vaccination rollout in the country. The government has planned 5 phases of reopening Thailand including:

  • Phase 1: Phuket (started on 1 July 2021).
  • Phase 2: Koh Samui (started on 15 July 2021).
  • Phase 3: Krabi, Pang nga and Surat Thani (started on 16 August 2021).
  • Phase 4: Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Buriram (starting from September 2021, not yet confirmed)
  • Phase 5: Bangkok, Hua Hin, Cha Am and other destinations (starting from October 2021, according to the readiness of each destination).

Tourism has always been very popular. Unfortunately, with the spread of COVD-19, the industry totally collapsed. Anyway, the plan for reopening Thailand quarantine-free has excited both Thai citizens and tourists. We’ll keep updating information regarding that in the coming days.

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