Cabinet Acknowledges Phuket Sandbox Plan

June 9, 2021


The Cabinet, during its meeting on 8 June 2021, agreed on the \"Phuket Sandbox plan to reopen Phuket province to foreign tourists, starting from 1 July 2021 onwards.

The plan was proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, which seeks to reopen pilot provinces to foreign tourists in the third and fourth quarters of this year. It had been approved by the Committee for Economic Situation Administration, chaired by the Prime Minister, on 4 June 2021.

As of 31 May 2021, 279,943 people in Phuket received COVID-19 vaccines, covering 60 percent of the provinces population. The COVID-19 situation in Phuket today is no longer severe, with a low level of infected persons.

Under the Phuket Sandbox plan, for pre-arrival, foreign travelers must have been vaccinated against COVID-19 for at least 14 days prior to their visit to Phuket but not more than one year. The vaccines they received must be registered under Thai law or certified by the World Health Organization.

These travelers must come from low- and moderate-risk countries, identified by the Ministry of Public Health. Children aged below six years who come with their vaccinated parents will be allowed to enter Phuket. As for children aged between 6 and 18 years, they are required to undergo COVID-19 testing upon their arrival at the airport.

The travelers must show their RT-PCR test results issued not more than 72 hours before arrival. They must also have COVID-19 insurance covering at least 100,000 US dollars and show evidence of their hotel booking at a \"Safety and Health Administration (SHA) standard hotel. If they want to stay less than 14 days in Phuket, they must depart for an overseas destination after that period, not another destination in Thailand.

Before being allowed into other provinces in Thailand, the travelers must remain on the island of Phuket for 14 days. They are also required to use contact tracing apps during their stay in the country. In addition, they must comply with the COVID-19 measures of D-M-H-T-T-A, which include distancing, mask-wearing, hand-washing, testing, Thai Chana (download mobile app), and avoiding risk areas.

When they depart from Phuket to other provinces, they should show their RT-PCR test results and a vaccination certificate.


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