After the Thai government has confirmed that The Country’s reopening Plan will go on despite the increased number of COVID 19 cases around the country, additional details on a how the travelers’ journey will be like when visiting Phuket under the Sandbox Program has been announced.
Before traveling, travelers must have the documents below ready to be able to travel:
Click Here to Download our Free Phuket Sandbox Documents Checklist.
The AOT (Airports of Thailand), took clear photos that clarify how the international arrival process to Phuket will be like. The photos below explains the whole process:
After finishing this entire process as explained in the photos above, including downloading and activating the Thailand Plus mobile application, you will be allowed to go to your hotel (with SHA Plus certificate). Transfer from Phuket International Airport to the hotel must be operated by a SHA Plus approved tour/ bus operator
Required COVID-19 tests:
Guests will undergo a maximum of 2 COVID-19 tests during their stay (depends on duration of stay). The first test will be conducted at the airport upon arrival as mentioned above, the second test will be conducted on day 6.
Guests are allowed to do activities and tours only with a SHA certified tour operator. (All tours must be inside Phuket province). When traveling within Phuket, guests must behave in accordance to the standards of DMHTT (Distancing – Mask Wearing – Hand Washing – Testing – Thailand Plus). Phuket has also eased and unlocked restrictions on 10 different tourism related activities. So tourists can enjoy experiencing them during their stay.
Opening Phuket under the Sandbox project is planned based on the 4Ts model. This 4Ts model is designed to make sure that the island is well prepared to receive international tourists with no risk. (4Ts model: Targeted Segment – Testing Protocol – Tracing Application – Treating Capacity).
To enter Phuket from October forward, the below Testing rules will be applied:
A) International Travelers:
B) Domestic Travelers:
All travelers must download and activate the Thailand Plus application on their phones. This Application will keep you updated on your current situation by changing the QR code color that appears on the App. Green means safe, yellow means low risk and red means high risk. The application will be able to track whether during your journey you have been in contact with a COVID-19 patient or not. In case you have been in contact, then you will receive a message on the application recommending you to be investigated and be tested by a surveillance Rapid Response team as soon as possible.
The island is well prepared for receiving patients in case of any COVID-19 infections. Total of 9 hospitals are operational, 5 public hospitals and 4 private hospitals with a total of: 20 beds for ICU (Intensive Care Units), 40 beds at cohort wards, 300 beds in field hospitals, 120 beds for hospitals, and 500 beds for local quarantine centers.
The risk of infection should be very low during operation of the Phuket Sandbox project for multiple reasons. Firstly, all international arrivals will either be vaccinated or in quarantine. Secondly, most of Phuket’s population should be vaccinated by that time and herd immunity should have been achieved.
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