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7 nights in Phuket + 7 nights in selected areas

  • in Krabi, Phang-Nga, or Surat Thani, and afterwards can travel to other destinations in Thailand.

Bangkok, 17 August 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to provide general information on the “Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension” programme, which is an upgrade on the existing Phuket Sandbox programme.

Starting from 16 August, 2021, the “Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension” programme offers fully vaccinated international travellers to reduce the mandatory stay in Phuket from 14 to 7 days, after which another 7 nights can be spent in Krabi (Ko Phi Phi, Ko Ngai, or Railay), Phang-Nga (Khao Lak or Ko Yao), or Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, or Ko Tao).
Measures to enter Thailand for Thais and non-Thai nationals

Pre-arrival

Travellers must travel from countries/territories approved by Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) (see the list below), and must have been in the said countries for no less than 21 days before their travel date – except Thai nationals and foreign expatriates returning from overseas. They must apply for a Certificate of Entry (COE), using the following documents:

Copy of valid passport.

Copy of the payment confirmation for no less than 14 nights stay at SHA Plus-certified hotel/s and for RT-PCR tests via www.thailandpsas.com. If the length of stay is less than 14 nights, travellers must also present a confirmed flight ticket out of Thailand.

A certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health or the World Health Organisation (WHO) no less than 14 days before their travel date.

Copy of an insurance policy in English covering healthcare and treatment expenses for COVID-19 per applicant for the whole duration in Thailand with coverage clearly identified as no less than US$100,000.

Travellers must undergo exit screening before departure, must and present all required documentation including a medical certificate with a laboratory result by an RT-PRC method indicating that COVID-19 is not detected no more than 72 hours before their travel date.

Travellers under 18 years of age, travelling with their parents or guardians, must have a medical certificate with a laboratory result by an RT-PRC method indicating that COVID-19 is not detected no more than 72 hours before their travel date.

Arrival

Travellers on direct, non-stop international flights to Phuket International Airport are subject to health screening, including a COVID-19 test*, and Immigration and Customs procedures at the point of entry. Click to see the “7-Step Flow at Phuket International Airport” or “7 Steps 7 Countdown”.

Travellers must download and install an alert application, as well as set the application on at all times for the whole duration in Thailand.

Then proceed directly to the reserved hotel on the approved airport transfer service.
Wait for the result of the first COVID-19 test (conducted upon arrival or Day 0) in the hotel room only. If testing negative for COVID-19, travellers can go anywhere in Phuket

*Children under 6 years of age will receive a COVID-19 saliva test.

During the Stay

Travellers are required to take additional RT-PCR tests as per the following:
Travellers with a length of stay less than 7 days are required to take another test on Day 6-7.
Travellers with a length of stay between 10-14 days are required to take the second test on Day 6-7 and the third test on Day 12-13.

If testing positive for COVID-19, travellers will be referred to specified healthcare facilities for medical treatment, for which the expenses must be covered by the required insurance.

Phuket Sandbox

Travellers are welcome to visit Phuket only and can stay less than 14 nights. However, they must leave Phuket immediately on an international flight to another country.
During the stay, they are still required to take additional RT-PCR tests on Day 6-7 and/or on Day 12-13.
Travellers must have completed 14 nights in Phuket before being allowed to visit other Thai destinations than the selected areas in Krabi, Phang-Nga, or Surat Thani. They must also have tested negative for COVID-19 for two more times on Day 6-7 and Day 12-13.

Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension

Before being allowed to travel to the selected areas in Krabi, Phang-Nga, or Surat Thani, travellers must obtain a ‘Transfer Form’ issued by their hotel in Phuket indicating that they have stayed in Phuket for 7 nights, which they will need to show together with the negative results of their two COVID-19 tests (conducted on Day 0 and Day 6-7 in Phuket).
Travelling from Phuket to the selected areas in Krabi, Phang-Nga, or Surat Thai is available only via approved rout