If vaccination plans follow through, come October, the Tourism Authority of Thailand will be welcoming fully vaccinated foreign travellers to Bangkok and four other provinces — here’s all you need to know about quarantine-free travel to Thailand from Singapore.
It’s no secret that Thailand’s economy is heavily dependent on tourism — thus, the news of the reopening of more regions for visitors came as no surprise. And so it was announced: as of October, as a fully-vaccinated foreign traveller, you will be able to visit Bangkok, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan (aka Hua Hin) and Chiang Mai, without having to undergo the usual hotel quarantines. Of course, this move by the authorities was met with its fair share of criticisms and scepticism because of concerns regarding the low nationwide vaccination rate. In their defence, daily infections and deaths have been on the decline and more patients have been recovering in the recent weeks. Regardless of your stance on the matter, if you’re vaccinated and raring to go — this guide to Thailand vaccinated travel is for you.
✈️ ‘Sandbox’ Scheme Requirements: At a Glance
This potential further reopening of popular tourist destinations for Thailand vaccinated travel was fueled by Phuket’s ‘Sandbox’ Scheme back in July that brought in around S$65.3 million. As part of the ‘Sandbox’ Scheme, fully vaccinated travellers who test negative for Covid-19 upon arrival are allowed to roam freely around the island without serving any quarantine. After 14 days, they can choose to leave for other parts of Thailand.
Since most parts of Thailand will be following Phuket’s ‘Sandbox’ Scheme, we thought that we’d break down the current requirements for travelling to Phuket into a table so you know what to prep for on your Thai getaway.
|Requirements for Singaporeans|
|Pre-arrival||✅ Be fully vaccinated with the approved list of vaccinations by WHO|
✅ Obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE)
👉🏻 To note: Applications take an average of three working days to process, so plan in advance!
✅ Make sure your travel insurance covers Covid-19 and has a minimum coverage of US$100, 000 for the duration of your stay
✅ Book your ‘SHA-Plus’ certified accommodation
✅ Pre-pay for the PCR tests you’ll have to take
✅ Have either one of their Covid-19 alert apps (Mor Chana or ThailandPlus) downloaded, this app must be open at all times during your stay
✅ Obtain a negative ‘RT-PCR’ Covid-19 test within 72 hours before departure
|Arrival||✅ Do a ‘RT-PCR’ Covid-19 test upon arrival at the airport|
✅ Proceed directly to your ‘SHA-Plus’ accommodation via an approved airport transfer service.
✅ Remain in your room till you receive your test results🥳 If negative, you are free to roam the island till the end of your stay!
🚨 You may only leave for other provinces of Thailand after staying in the sandbox for a minimum of 14 days.
Do note that if you’re travelling to Thailand for fewer than 7 days, you’ll be required to take another RT-PCR test on the second last day or on the last day of your trip.
What if I’m Not Vaccinated?
It is mandatory to quarantine for 14 days at a pre-booked Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility if you are visiting Phuket or Bangkok unvaccinated (this includes travelling before the two weeks are up, post-second dose).
Thailand Vaccinated Travel: So, Where Can I Go?
Since the launch of Phuket’s ‘Sandbox’ Scheme, the beachy trio of Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan have followed a similar re-opening plan — with Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi and the Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces scheduled to follow suit, provided they all meet the requirements of getting at least 70 per cent of their local residents vaccinated.
According to The Straits Times, the authorities are remaining hopeful that by late October, 21 more destinations can be added to the list, including Chiang Rai, Sukhothai and Rayong. If things go as planned, for all other places, the mandatory quarantine period for vaccinated international travellers will be halved from fourteen days to seven.
Hold On To Hope
As the pandemic rages on, and health professionals all over the world work hard to combat it, let’s do our part to ensure that we have taken the necessary precautions when going out or travelling. Till then, make sure you’ve got your YouTrip card ready to take advantage of our Wholesale Exchange Rates for all purchases when embarking on Thailand vaccinated travel (Meanwhile, you can still enjoy great savings on all your international online shopping.)
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