Required Documents and Immigration procedures under the Phuket Sandbox Program
In Thailand, the Phuket Sandbox will start on July 1st. About 1,500 foreign tourists is going to arrive at Phuket on the first day under this Sandbox program.
Foreign tourists can enter the country without quarantine if they meet the conditions such as vaccination completed.
Phuket Airport introduces the necessary documents for entering the country using the sandbox and 7 steps of immigration procedures.
● Required documents
・ boarding pass
・ Immigration permit (COE)
・ Vaccine certificate (vaccine passport)
・ PCR negative certificate (tested within 72 hours before departure)
・ Insurance certificate (covering more than $ 100,000 including Covid-19 treatment costs)
・ Hotel reservation form (SHA + certified accommodation)
● 7 steps of immigration procedure
Temperature measurement (OK if it is 37.3 ℃ or less)
Check required documents at the waiting area. Free SIM card. Download and install the MorChana app.
Quarantine counter (present vaccine passport, insurance policy, PCR negative certificate, MorChana installed)
Immigration office (present COE, visa, hotel reservation)
Baggage claim (receipt of checked baggage)
Covid-19 test (waiting at the waiting area until results are available)
If the final test is negative, the test is complete. You will be able to enjoy sightseeing in Phuket without quarantine. See here for details.
Bangkok Airways in Thailand resumes Bangkok-Trat and Phuket-Samui flights
Thai Bangkok Airways announced that they will resume operations on the Bangkok-Trat route from July 2nd and the Phuket-Samui route from July 16th.
They plan flights four times a week during July and daily from August 1st.
The flight schedule is as follows.
[July 2nd to July 31st]
PG305 BKK 11:40 - TDX 12:40 (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
PG306 TDX 13:10 - BKK 14:10 (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
[After August 1st]
PG305 BKK 11:40 - TDX 12:40 every day
PG306 TDX 13:10 - BKK 14:10 every day
[July 16th-July 31st]
PG253 USM 11:25 - HKT 12:25 (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
PG254 HKT 13:00 - USM 14:00 (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
[After August 1st]
PG253 USM 11:25 - HKT 12:25 every day
PG254 HKT 13:00 - USM 14:00 every day
For more information, please visit the Bangkok Airways website.
The State Railway of Thailand launch automatic ticket vending machines at 9 stations, including Hualangporn and Don Muang stations
The State Railway of Thailand is ready to launch ticket vending machines on June 25 to facilitate the fast, safe and reduced risk of covid-19.
Mr. Nirut Maneepun, Governor of the State Railway of Thailand said it will be ready to purchase tickets through the Automatic Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) for suburban and regular trains from June 25, 2021 onwards to facilitate the passengers to purchase train tickets quickly, safely and reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Payments can also be made by cash, banknotes and coins.
The location is perfect. In the early stages, tickets were sold through ticket vending machines (TVM) on the Bangkok-Lopburi/Kaengkyo/Nakhon Pathom/Suphan Buri and Aranyaprathet routes, with 10 vending machines installed in 9 stations including Hua Lamphong, Samsen, Bang Sue, Don Mueang, Rangsit, Chachoengsao, Mahachai, Wongwian Yai, Talat Phlu.
Mr. Nirut said that in the future, the railway plans to install additional vending machines at various stations and Bang Sue Central Station so that people can buy tickets quickly and easily. For more information, please contact our Customer Service Center. 1690 24/7 phone number or State Railway of Thailand PR Team Facebook fan page
For the process of purchasing train tickets through vending machines First, select the "Buy Tickets" list and select the desired destination station – then press "Next" to select the train, then select the number of passengers and the type of seat class you want. When you're done selecting, enter your ID card in the ID slot at the card reader and press "Read ID Card". The passenger information will be displayed on the screen, including the ID number. Once verified, press "Pay fare" to pay for both coins and banknotes. Finally, wait for the ticket to be picked up at the "Pickup Tickets" box, including change.
Thai Cabinet approved reopening of Phuket and Surat Thani on July 1st
On June 22, The Thai Cabinet has finally approved the "Phuket Sandbox", which allows foreign tourists who have been vaccinated with Covid-19 to enter Phuket without quarantine. It will start on July 1st.
Similar models will be available for entry to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao in Surat Thani from July 15th.
Foreign tourists entering Kingdom present their entry certificate (CoE) and upon arrival, it can be registered at www.entrythailand.go.th. You need to install "Thai Plus" and other local apps (in the case of Phuket the "Mor Chana" app) to enable tracking of their location.
They also need to take the COVID-19 test at either the airport, the hotel, or the checkpoint. If the test is negative, they can travel anywhere on the island. They must stay in a SHA + certified hotel for at least 14 days in order to travel to elsewhere of Thailand outside Phuket.
Tourists entry to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao must stay at the hotel for the first 3 days. On days 4-7, they allow to move within only the sealed area. After that, they can move around the island freely in the second week. A total of two RT-PCR tests will be conducted on the 6th or 7th day, and the 12th or 13th day.
Before leaving the island after 14 days, tourists are required to show evidence of stay at the SHA + hotel and a negative certificate of COVID-19.
Phuket will set up a committee for immigration control to monitor foreign tourists entering and exiting the province.
They also monitor arrivals and departures by air and sea on Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao in Surat Thani Province.
Alcohol allowed at restaurants in Phuket
Restrictions on Covid-19 infection control in Phuket have been relaxed and restaurants have resumed selling alcohol.
Governor of Phuket signed to lift the restrictions of prohibition of selling alcohol in preparation for reopening Phuket under the "Phuket Sandbox" model, which allows Covid-19 vaccinated foreign travelers to enter the country without 14 days of quarantine.
・ Schools and tutoring centers will resume as usual.
・ The shopping center is open as usual, except for arcades and amusement rides.
・ The restaurant provides meal service until 11:00. The restaurant is allowed to sell alcohol again.
・ Convenience stores and supermarkets are open during normal hours.
・ Sports stadium, fitness center and gym can be opened during normal hours, but the number of spectators is limited.
・ Salons and barber shops are open as usual.
・ The billiard hall is open from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
・ Internet cafes are open as usual.
・ Movie theaters and water parks are reopened.
・ You can drink alcohol on the beach or in the park. However, events with more than 200 people are still prohibited.
Japan donates AstraZeneca vaccine to Thailand
Thai health minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on June 21 that the Japanese government would donate the AstraZeneca vaccine to Thailand. Currently, in Southeast Asia, the extreme delay in vaccination due to the shortage of COVID-19 vaccine is a major problem.
The Thai Covid-19 vaccine is currently planned to rely heavily on the domestically produced AstraZeneca vaccine, but there is occuring a significant delay in production and it results in vaccination delays.
According to Anutin, a statement regairding the donation of AstraZeneca vaccine from Japan will be signed this Thursday and the delivered of vaccine is considered to be around July. The amount of vaccine to be donated has not been disclosed.
The spread of Covid-19 infection in Thailand has continued for three months now, and the spread of Covid-19 has caused serious adverse effects on the domestic economy, especially in the tourism industry.
On July 1st, Phuket started a "sandbox" project allowing vaccinated tourists to enter the Thailand without compulsory quarantine will start and it's for the first time to accept foreign tourists without quarantine since the Covid-19 pandemic. Thai governmaent is planning to repopne whole country including Bangkok in this October. The progress of vaccination is paramount to the realization of this plan.
It is expected that the provision of AstraZeneca vaccine from Japan will speed up vaccination in Thailand and speed up the reopening Thailand.
Summary of Thailand's border reopen plan without quarantine as of June 21, 2021
||Phuket island and province
||Surat Thani Province: Koh Samui-Koh Phangan-Koh Tao sealed routes
||THE EXTENSION CONCEPT (Linking to Phuket)
||KRABI EVEN MORE AMAZING
||Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, Ko Ngai, Ko Railay
||PHANG NGA PROMPT
||Phang Nga, Khao Lak, Ko Yao
||THE SEALED APPROACH (Specific areas and routes)
||CHARMING CHIANG MAI
||Mueang, Mae Rim, Mae Tang and Doi Tao Districts
||CHON BURI: NEO PATTAYA
||Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District, Sattahip District
||Buri Ram – Mueang District and the Chang Arena
||THE FULL REOPENING
||Bangkok metropolitan area
||Cha-am and Hua Hin
||Other locations that have 70% vaccination and are prepared to reopen
Koh Samui reopen its border to foreign tourists following Phuket's Sandbox
In Thailand, "Phuket Sandbox" will start and accept vaccinated foreign tourists without quarantine from July 1st.
Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao have also announced that they will start a program similar to the "Sandbox" named "Samui Plus".
Samui Plus was approved in principle at the plenary session of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) held on June 18, and the acceptance of foreign tourists on Koh Samui without quarantine will be started on July 15.
However, it is expected that there will be considerably more restrictions than the "sandbox" plan in Phuket, and the contents approved by CCSA are as follows.
・ Accommodation on arrival is a hotel on Koh Samui that is certified as an ASQ (Alternative Quarantine Facility)
・ You can move only within the hotel for the 1st to 3rd nights
・ You are limited to stay within Samui Island for the 4th to 7th nights
・ You can move to Koh Phangan and Koh Tao after the 8th day.
In addition, similar program in some areas such as Krabi, Phang Nga, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Breelam will start in September.
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has already announced a policy to accept vaccinated foreign tourists throughout Thailand without quarantine by mid-October, and he said that the plan has not be changed so far.