Phuket’s Covid-19 Official Information Center this afternoon, June 25th, has released initial information and guidelines of the “Phuket Sandbox” island reopening project for vaccinated foreign tourists and for local officials.
The article mentioned the requirements and practices that all travelers must follow. Please note these are still subject to change and the final, “set in stone” orders have NOT yet been released in the Thai Royal Gazette. Before arrival, foreign travelers should be aware that they must:
- Come from countries/regions with a low to medium risk of SAR-CoV-2 virus as announced and constantly updated by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on this link (mostly in Thai). The final, set-in-stone list should be in place when the Royal Gazette orders are published.
- Be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with a vaccine registered with the MoPH or approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) with no less than 14 days. Children under 6 years of age can be traveling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians.
- Provide a vaccine certificate to prove that they are fully vaccinated; a Certificate of Entry (COE); a valid visa; Covid-19 health insurance; a confirmation of booking in an SHA Plus-certified accommodation; and a medical certificate with an RT-PCR laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected and issued no more than 72 hours before departure.
- Undergo Immigration and Customs procedures as well as a COVID-19 screening, including RT-PCR tests, three times on the first, the sixth, and the twelfth day of arrival. This is at one’s own expense.
- Stay in an accommodation establishment under the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus certification for 14 days before being allowed to continue the journey to other domestic destinations.
- Strictly follow the DMHTTA precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, T – Testing for COVID-19, and A – alert application.
- Download and install two alerts and tracking applications, including the “Thailand Plus” application and the “Morchana” tracing application throughout their stay in Thailand.
After spending 14 nights in Phuket and assuming you are tested negative for COVID-19, you are free to go anywhere in Thailand but you must follow each province’s restrictions. However, one is required to show proof that they have completed a 14-night-stay in Phuket along with other required documents according to guidelines and measures announced in destined provinces.
Once again it is noted that the final official details of the program are still under the Thai Government’s revision and are preparing to be announced in the Royal Gazette.
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