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Hello, I have Full Vaccination.  Can I avoid Quarantine ?

I read earlier in the year that there would be NO quarantine required for anyone entering Thailand after Oct 1st. 

Anyone know if this is the case, or not ?

I really do not want to pay to spend unnecessary time in a hotel.

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2 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

The are not quarantine hotels for the Phuket sandbox.

You are allowed to leave the hotel after you do a covid test. But have to stay in the same hotel for 14 days.

are the approved ones cheaper than the quarantine rooms

3 covid test plus the one required before travel

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13 minutes ago, ThatManViv said:

I read earlier in the year that there would be NO quarantine required for anyone entering Thailand after Oct 1st.

That is the target date for some locations in the country. But there are a lot of ifs, ands, and maybes though.

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13 minutes ago, ThatManViv said:

Anyone know if this is the case, or not ?

I really do not want to pay to spend unnecessary time in a hotel

You might have zero quarantine at some point, however seems months off.

You won't receive definitive advice. 

 

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These are the most recent rules to follow

As of JUN 09, 2021 08:00 

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to provide the initial information on the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ model to safely reopen Phuket to fully vaccinated international travellers from 1 July, 2021.

 

Note that the most important is that the direct flight must be from an approved country. The list of countries approved has not been released. When you arrive you must accept to be tracked through electronic tracking program. This is called the Thailand Plus application. Note all the rules and procedures that must be followed. 

 

It is not as simple as get on airplane and fly to Phuket.  Some of the airlines listed below have not reestablished full service to Phuket. Final approval of July 1 date to be granted only if 70% of Phuket residents are vaccinated.  Covid tests are at your own expense and medical  treatment after a positive test is your responsibility. 

 

  • Applicable for international travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no less than 14 days, but no later than 1 year before the travel date. They must also be 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).
  • Applicable for children under 6 years of age travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians.
  • Applicable for children between 6 and 18 years of age travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians, but they are required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at their own expense.
  • All vaccinated international arrivals must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine registered with the MoPH or approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
  • All arrivals are required to download and install the ThailandPlus application on their smartphones, and must keep the app on all the time, as they move to different locations around Phuket.
  • All arrivals are required to stay in an accommodation establishment that is certified with the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus certification for no less than 14 nights, and thereafter will be allowed to travel to visit other Thai destinations.
  • All COVID-19 tests must follow the guidelines by the MoPH.
  • Travellers are allowed to engage in any tourism activities but are advised to 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 – contact tracing application (Thai Chana and Mor Chana).

Foreign Traveller Journey

Pre-arrival

In order to be eligible to enter in Thailand, vaccinated international travellers – and their children – need to have all of their advance arrangements in good order for arrival and entry. These include:

  • A vaccine certificate to proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no less than 14 days, but no later than 1 year before the travel date with a vaccine registered with the MoPH or approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO);
  • A valid visa;
  • A Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate;
  • A COVID-19 health insurance policy with a minimum coverage of US$100,000;
  • A confirmation of booking for 14 nights in a SHA Plus-certified accommodation
  • A medical certificate with an RT-PCR laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected issued no more than 72 hours before departure;
  • The duration of stay can be less than 14 days, but travellers must leave Phuket on or before the permit to stay date.

Arrival

  • Undergo Immigration and Customs procedures, and a COVID-19 screening, including RT-PCR tests;
  • Download the ThailandPlus application;
  • Check-in at the pre-booked SHA Plus-certified accommodation establishment and stay there for no less than 14 nights.

Stay

  • Undergo a COVID-19 test using an RT-PCR or a rapid antigen method on Day 5 of your arrival per the MoPH’s guidelines;
  • Engage in tourism activities or enjoy services in SHA Plus-certified venues and businesses, under the DMHTTA precautions;
  • For emergency in case of having respiratory or other related symptoms, please alert the staff at your accommodation or contact the nearest hospital;
  • The operator/owner of the accommodation establishment is required to report the name list and status of all foreign guests to the provincial authority on a daily basis.

Departure

  • For travelling from Phuket to other Thai destinations, vaccinated international travellers are required to show a vaccine certificate and a medical certificate that they have tested negative for COVID-19;
  • For travelling from Phuket to other countries, travellers are advised to follow the guidelines and measures announced by the respective country of destination.

Relevant information

Child Policy Children under 6 years of age must travel only with their parents or guardians who have been vaccinated;
In the case the parents or guardians are found to have COVID-19, the children are to be placed in isolation for 14 days.
Countries The Phuket Sandbox is applicable only for fully vaccinated international travellers 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). *The list will be available soon.  
High-risk countries are not allowed entry at this stage.
Visa & Certificate of Entry Every traveller must obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE) at https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/.  Check the website to see the required documents;
Embassy/Consulate-General takes 3 working days to process the application;
Applicants can check the result of the application on the website.
Insurance International travellers must have an insurance covering treatment and medical expenses in relation to COVID-19 with a minimum coverage of US$100,000. The insurance must cover the total duration of stay in Thailand.
Vaccines  International travellers who have received the following vaccines are able to enter Phuket:
– 
WHO approved vaccines;
– Vaccines approved by the government of each country;
– Thai FDA approved vaccines (5): AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac Biotech, and Sinopharm.
Arrivals must be vaccinated more than 14 days to 1 year before entering Phuket. Proof of vaccination must be submitted when applying for a COE.
Airlines Airlines that have announced direct flights to Phuket:
– THAI
– Singapore Airlines
– Emirates
– Qatar Airways
– Hongkong Airlines
– EVA Air
– Korean Air
– Jinair
– Cathay Pacific
– KLM  
Please check the flight schedule on the respective airline’s websites.  
Please be aware that some airlines are unable to operate into your home country for your return.
Before Arrival in Phuket You must get an RT-PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours before arrival in Phuket and submit proof to the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs when obtaining your COE.
At the Airport You must download the Thailand Plus application.
At Immigration, you are required to complete your arrival card, show your COE and passport.
SHA & SHA Plus+ ‘SHA’ is a certification for businesses who meet the basic standards of hygiene and health safety for their products and services in accordance with the nationwide measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  
‘SHA Plus’ is a certification for companies/individuals who have received the SHA certificate AND 70% of the workforce has been vaccinated.  
Here is the constantly updated list of 
SHA Plus businesses in Phuket.
While in Phuket You can go anywhere in Phuket, BUT you must strictly follow the DMHTTA precautions: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, T – Testing for COVID-19, and A – contact tracing application (Thai Chana and Mor Chana).  
Masks must be worn at all times in public areas and if there are two or more people in a vehicle.  
A COVID-19 rapid test is required on Day 5.  
Accommodation It is mandatory that you book a ‘SHA Plus’ hotel for the first 14 nights in Phuket;
Residing in a private residence is not allowed on the first 14 nights for COVID-19 control purposes unless the residence/condominium has a SHA Plus certificate;
You can move between SHA Plus hotels during the 14 days.
COVID-19 Test RT-PCR test.
Every hospital in Phuket can provide an RT-PCR test;
The cost of an RT-PCR covid test ranges from 2,500-4,000 Baht per person.

Rapid test. 
You can get a rapid test from hospitals, clinics, and private labs in Phuket;
The cost of a rapid test ranges from 450-1,000 Baht per person.


COVID-19 testing is at the travellers’ own expense.
Tours & Excursion We recommend that you only book an excursion with ‘SHA Plus’ certified companies for your safety;
On the first 5 days, you are allowed to visit only the islands of Phuket, which are Ko Racha, Ko Naka, Coral Island, and Ko Khai;
Ko Phi Phi, Ko Yao and Phang Nga Bay are NOT a part of Phuket province. Therefore, you must get a rapid test on Day 5 before going to these places.
Restaurants We recommend that you only use ‘SHA Plus’ certified restaurants for your safety, but you may dine-in at non-certified restaurants, too.
Taxi & Transportation We recommend that you use only ‘SHA Plus’ certified taxis and transportation, but you may use non ‘SHA Plus’, too if you prefer. If there are more than 2 people in a vehicle, masks must be worn at all times.  
Other Activities What’s open? -We will provide answers to the following questions as soon as we have more info.
 
COVID-19 Infected If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, you must immediately get a test.
If you travel in a group, everybody in the group must undergo a test.
In case you are tested positive for COVID-19 in Thailand, you will be responsible for the medical expenses which must be covered by your insurance. 
Domestic Travel After spending 14 nights in Phuket and you are tested negative for COVID-19, you are free to go anywhere in Thailand but you must follow each province’s restrictions.
International Travel You must follow your home country’s entry requirements, and Thailand is not responsible or able to assist with such updates by individual countries.

 

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Well the pm did mention in his address last evening that the country will open in 120 days with no quarantine.

 

What that means, exactly, and when it might start, is hazy at present. Suspect a CoE will still be required, plus insurance and vaccination proof, maybe a follow-on test and some tracking? Who knows for sure. Stay tuned.

 

If I had to guess, this might slip to 1 Jan 2022. Because? Well Thailand. 

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11 hours ago, Patong2021 said:

It is not as simple as get on airplane and fly to Phuket.  

They have included non direct flights.

Fly into BKK and then onto HKT

 

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