Is Thailand Open for Tourists?

by TipTop Travel

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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