The ‘Phuket Sandbox’ has opened on 01st July and seems to be working well.
Current rules are that tourists can only enter Phuket if they are fully vaccinated and have a Certificate of Entry plus they must stay in an approved SHA Plus hotel. Tourists must stay 14 days in Phuket with negative Covid-19 tests, before moving around Thailand.
Set to start on 15 July 2021, the Samui Plus program covers specific areas and routes within the three islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand.
Unlike the Phuket Sandbox model, which allows vaccinated tourists to freely travel around the island if their Covid test results are negative, the Samui Plus model requires tourists to stay only in their SHA Plus approved hotel for the first three days.
From day four, guests will then be allowed to travel on sealed routes to specific tourist destinations on the island. After day seven, tourists can then move to another SHA resort or visit Koh Phangan or Koh Tao islands.
As with the Phuket Sandbox, tourists with a negative result can then freely travel to other parts of Thailand after 14 days stay on Samui.
Bangkok and Chiang Mai opening
The rest of Thailand, Including Bangkok and Chiang Mai are expected to open from October this year, but we will keep you updated
- All tourists entering Thailand must have medical insurance in place for a minimum USD 100,000 and have a Certificate of Entry
- Around 10% of the population have been vaccinated in Thailand which includes 60% in Phuket