- Vaccinated Travelers from Low and Medium Risk Countries (As per the listing of The Ministry of Public Health in Thailand).
- Travelers will have to be Vaccinated 14 Days to 1 Year Before the date of arrival.
- For Children under 12 Years old and traveling with their Parents, they will not need to Present a Vaccine Certificate upon arrival
- For teenagers aged between 12 and 18 years old (under 18), they will need to undergo a Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival at Phuket international Airport on their own expenses.
- People traveling by air or sea are eligible for Phuket Sandbox.
In order to take part in the Phuket Sandbox scheme, you must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine that has been approved by the WHO or the Thai FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
For most of the vaccines (such as Pfizer, the Moderna and AstraZeneca) you will need to have had two vaccines before you can travel, (apart from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which provides full immunisation after just one dose). Mix and match vaccines will not be accepted (for example, if you have had one AstraZeneca jab and one Pfizer jab).
You will need to show proof of vaccination before boarding the plane to Thailand. (It has not yet been decided what kind of proof is acceptable, especially as the ‘proof’ varies from country to country.) At least 2 weeks (but not more than one year) must have passed since you were inoculated before you can travel.
Alternatively, if you can prove (with a medical certificate) that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you do not have to show proof of vaccination.
If you are not fully vaccinated, you will still be allowed to fly to Phuket, however you will have to undergo quarantine in an ‘Alternative State Quarantine Hotel’ in Phuket for 14 nights and 15 days before being allowed to move around freely.
Travelling with children
Children under 6 years old who are not vaccinated will be allowed to travel to Phuket with vaccinated parents and do not need to be tested upon arrival. Those who are between 7 and 18 years old must be fully vaccinated OR be able to show a negative Rapid Antigen PCR test within 72 hours of arrival in Phuket. (This has not yet been officially agreed upon and is subject to change.)
“Low Risk” Countries
The Phuket Sandbox scheme is only available to travellers coming from ‘low risk’ countries. A list of these countries has not yet been released, but it has been suggested that the risk factor will depend on the type of COVID-19 variants that are circulating in each country.
The TAT says that a list of ‘low risk countries’ will be posted soon on their website so be sure to keep an eye out there for updates. (We will also update this article when the list is released.)
COVID-19 Tests Required
You will need to have a COVID-19 PCR test showing a negative result no later than 72 hours before your arrival in Phuket.
All visitors to Phuket will have to take a COVID-19 test on day five of their stay (This has now changed. See update below.) The test(s) will be carried out at your SHA Approved Hotel. (Guests will be expected to cover the cost of the test(s), but we’re not yet sure how much this will be.) If at any point during your stay you test positive for COVID-19 you will immediately be taken to the hospital in Phuket and treated there.
UPDATE: Since the required proposed stay on Phuket was increased from 7 to 14 days, the required COVID-19 tests have now changed. You will now be required to take a COVID-19 RT-PCR test on day 6 and day 12 of your stay before you will be allowed to travel to other parts of Thailand.
Thailand Plus App – Track & Trace
It appears that all visitors to Thailand via the Phuket Sandbox Scheme will have to download the Thailand Plus App on their mobile devices so that they can be tracked throughout the duration of their stay in Thailand (in case of a COVID-19 outbreak).
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