Finally! A way back into Thailand for ordinary tourists. The southern Thai Island (Koh) of Phuket is set to be re-opened for international tourists on July 1, 2021. That's 3 weeks from the date of this blog post.
To make this happen, the Thai Government is transforming the island into a giant quarantine location.
So what do you need to do to pack your suitcase and fly to Thailand for even a 10 day vacation?
Yup this is the main thing. Everything else is small compared to this. You need to be fully vaccinated -- that is, have your two shots of whatever vaccine is available in your country. And you need the documentation to prove it before you will even be able to fly out.
You will also need a Rapid Antigen test no more than 7 days before flying from your home country.
The island's residents, including expats are almost at 70% vaccination levels and this is growing daily. The goal is almost 100% vaccinated. So you would be arriving on an island that is almost Covid free.
The island is going to be open for international travel from July 1, 2021. If the plan works on Phuket, then the authorities plan to extend this to other locations in Thailand after July.
You would have to stay in Phuket for a minimum of 14 days. After 14 days you will be free to travel to other parts of Thailand. During this time you will be given some rapid antigen tests to make sure you remain free of Covid-19.
Absolutely!! You can fly into Phuket, Thailand for a short vacation from a few days, up to as long as your visa allows. If you don't need to leave Phuket, then you can fly out back home directly from the international airport at Phuket after enjoying the beaches and all that the island has to offer.
You have to remain quarantined in Phuket for at least 14 days. After which you are free to fly or travel by boat to any other part of Thailand that you desire. Phuket is one of the largest islands in Thailand and is very diverse in terms of things to do, sightseeing, beaches and nightlife.
Yes! The plan is to allow transit through the Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). This means you will have a wide variety of flights from all over the world ready to go.
Children under 6 years old do not need vaccinations or testing. Children between 6 and 18 years old need to have a test before and on arrival.
Yes you will need one for Phuket. Please organize that through your local Thai embassy back in your home country.
The team at Baan Smile is ready to answer any questions you might have about Phuket or your other travel plans to Thailand.
Welcome back to Thailand!