July 1st, Phuket reopens to international tourists

Phuket will reopen to fully vaccinated international travelers from 1 July 2021 through the “Phuket Sandbox” program. We are delighted to be able to provide the latest updates on the reopening.

  • We advise travelers to avoid risky areas or crowded places in the 14 days prior to the date of travel to Thailand.
  • Travelers must be screened on exit prior to departure.
  • The country / region of origin of arriving travelers must be among those approved by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) as proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MoTS) and by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Arriving tourists must have stayed in these countries for no less than 21 days prior to the travel date. They must register their trip through the designated system or website and be in possession of the documents listed below.

WHO CAN TRAVEL TO PHUKET

  • Fully vaccinated travelers: Must have a vaccination certificate showing full vaccination against Covid-19 (14 days to 1 year prior to travel date) with a World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine. (Approved vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Sinopharm). If 2 doses are required, both doses must be completed 14 days prior to arrival.
  • Children under the age of 18 can enter Phuket provided they are accompanied by their parents and present a medical certificate with a laboratory result of an RT-PRC test indicating COVID-19 non-positivity in the 72 hours prior to travel . Children over the age of 6 without a medical certificate with a negative laboratory result must undergo a Covid test upon entry to Phuket. Children up to 6 years old are not required to undergo the Covid test. If the child is found positive, he will be separated from the (negative) parents. The child may be hospitalized or quarantined depending on his symptoms. Parents are not allowed to be next to the child (but occasional visits may be allowed).
  • Countries: travelers must come from a low-medium risk country and have resided or stayed there in the 21 days prior to departure.
  • For the moment, Phuket can only be accessed via direct flights to the island, transit flights to Bangkok are not allowed.

REQUIREMENTS AND DOCUMENTATION BEFORE ARRIVAL

To complete the digital registration confirmation form, it is necessary to have the following documents

  • A valid passport photo
  • A vaccine certification issued by the Italian Ministry of Health.
  • A Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by the Thai embassy or consulate. It takes about 3 working days to process your online request: https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/ – the results can be checked on the website.
  • A Covid-19 health insurance policy in English valid for the entire period of stay and with a minimum coverage of USD 100,000
  • Confirmation of flights and copy of payment confirmation for a stay of 14 nights in SHA Plus certified accommodation. Passengers without a return date must have a hotel voucher for a minimum stay of two weeks in Phuket. In case the length of stay is less than 14 days, travelers must present a confirmed ticket for the return flight from Thailand.
  • You must obtain a Covid-19 RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival and submit the result when obtaining the COE (translated into English with passport number)
  • Approval by the Thai consulate is required within 72 hours of completing the form. This confirmation must be printed and presented at check-in and upon arrival in Phuket. Check the website https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/ to check the required documents: without the approval of the COE it is not possible to board a flight. We advise applicants to regularly check the result of their application on the website.

ON ARRIVAL AT PHUKET INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

  • At Immigration, show your arrival card, COE and passport.
  • You will be subjected (at your own expense) to an RT-PCR test. You will go to the hotel and wait for the test result (within 12 hours). If negative, you can safely exit.
  • You will need to download and install the ThailandPlus mobile app on your smartphone.
  • Covid PCR-RT tests are required:

a) on days 6 or 7 if they have booked stays of less than 7 days

b) on days 6 or 7 plus days 12 or 13 if they have booked a stay of between 10 and 14 days.

Tests can be done at any hospital, clinic or other testing site on the island. All COVID testing procedures are at the expense of the traveler. Costs range from 2500 to 4000 THB each (90 to 150 €). If they test positive they will be directed to specific health facilities to be treated (at their own expense)

  • The passenger will stay at the hotel that appears in the list of authorized hotels (https://www.shathailand.com/list). This ensures the level of cleanliness and hygiene required by the authorities. Over 70% of hotel staff on the SHA + list have been vaccinated.
  • You will check in at the booked SHA Plus certified accommodation facility. During the first week it is not possible to change hotels. The following week it is possible to stay in 2 different hotels; before being able to travel to other parts of Thailand, you will need to stay in Phuket for at least 14 nights and test negative on the last swab.
  • The transfer from the airport to the hotel must be made with a means of transport equipped with the SHA Plus + sticker.

DURING YOUR STAY IN PHUKET

  • During your stay in Phuket there will be more tests – after landing, during your stay and before returning to Italy.
  • Covid-19 RT-PCR tests will be provided following the guidelines of the Ministry of Public Health (on days 6 and 12 – to be confirmed)
  • After receiving the negative test result, you will be able to go anywhere in Phuket by observing the standard protocols of DMHTT (distance, use of the mask, hand washing, test, application for Thailand Plus tracking, etc).
  • Masks must always be worn in public areas and if there are two or more people in a vehicle.
  • If symptoms of COVID-19 are found, notify hotel staff or contact the nearest hospital to have a test immediately.
  • If you are traveling in a group, all members of the group must undergo a test.
  • If the test is positive, you are responsible for medical expenses.

DEPARTURE FROM PHUKET

  • After spending 14 days in Phuket, with a vaccine certificate and after a negative Covid-19 test, you are free to go anywhere in Thailand but you will have to follow the restrictions of each province you will go to

Travelers who have booked a stay of less than 14 days must leave Thailand immediately on an international flight by the scheduled date

  • To travel from Phuket to other countries, follow the guidelines and measures announced by the respective destination country.

Additional information

Which vaccines are accepted?

International travelers who have received the following vaccines can enter Phuket:

Vaccines approved by the WHO.

Vaccines approved by the government of each country.

Vaccines approved by the Thai FDA (5): AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac Biotech and Sinopharm.

Which airlines offer direct flights to Phuket?

British Airways, Cathay Pacific, El Al, Etihad Airways, Emirates, THAI, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways

What do SHA and SHA Plus + mean?

‘SHA’ is a certification for companies that meet the basic standards of hygiene and health safety according to national measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

“SHA Plus" is a certification for companies that have received the SHA certificate and in which 70% of the workforce has been vaccinated.

Where can I get a Covid-19 test in Phuket?

Each Phuket hospital can provide an RT-PCR test. The cost of an RT-PCR covid test ranges from 2,500 to 4,000 baht per person at your own expense.

Quick Test: You can get a quick test from private hospitals, clinics and laboratories in Phuket.

The cost of a quick test ranges from 450 to 1,000 Baht per person at your own expense.

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