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[Updated 23 March 2022] Phuket SandBox: Phuket Covid-19 Entry Requirements

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With palm-fringed beaches, colourful sacred temples and friendly people, Phuket is a dream holiday destination for many travellers. And, this paradise island is open again. In this article, we will update any information regarding requirements to enter Phuket.

Current situation: As of February 1st, all fully vaccinated travelers can enter Thailand without quarantine following the “Test and Go” entry program.

Here are the requirements:

  • Fully vaccinated for more than 14 days before traveling.
  • Negative PCR test, taken maximum 72 hours prior to departure.
  • PCR test on Day 1 (upon arrival). You must book an SHA hotel for Day 1 where you wait for the PCR result.
  • Self-ATK test on Day 5. All travellers must download and install the MorChana application, and set it on at all times for the COVID-19 precautionary measures and to record the self-ATK result on Day 5 in the application.
  • You must have an insurance with Covid-19 coverage up to USD 20,000.
  • Thailand pass. You can subscribe here.

Starting April 1st, you do no longer have to show a negative PCR test taken maximum 72 hours prior to departure. But, the PCR test on Day 1 and self-ATK test on Day 5 still apply.

Travelers who are not (fully) vaccinated will be required to undergo the mandatory quarantine of 10 days in a designated quarantine hotel in Bangkok, Phuket, or Samui before they can travel to other parts of Thailand.

Fully vaccinated travelers can also travel to Thailand without quarantine under the Phuket Sandbox and the Samui Plus Sandbox programs.

What is the Phuket SandBox program?

The Phuket SandBox program allows travellers to enter Phuket. Under this program, you don’t have to quarantine upon arrival. However, you will need to stay in Phuket for at least 7 nights before travelling to other destinations in Thailand. Starting April 1st, this will change to 5 nights.

Villa Saan - SHA+ villa in Phuket / Phuket sandbox
Villa Saan, SHA+ Villa in Phuket

Phuket SandBox Requirements

  • Proof of vaccination (you need to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arriving in Phuket and not more than 12 months).
  • RT-PCR COVID 19 test no more than 72 hours prior to departure to Phuket.
  • Thailand pass. You can subscribe here.
  • Pre-paid RT-PCR COVID 19 tests in Phuket. Here.
  • COVID-19 Insurance that covers medical costs up to a minimum of USD 20,000 for the entire duration of your stay in Thailand.
  • Stay at SHA+ Hotel/villa in Phuket. Proof of booking and payment is required to enter.

Starting April 1st, you do no longer have to show a negative PCR test taken maximum 72 hours prior to departure.

Unvaccinated children under 18 years old traveling with vaccinated parents are allowed to enter as well.

Things to note for your holiday in Phuket

  • You have to fly directly to Phuket. Don’t transit in Bangkok.
  • If your trip to Thailand is less than 7 days, you have to fly out of Phuket to an international airpot.
  • If you stay in Phuket for 7 nights or longer, you can visit other destinations in Thailand like Koh Samui and Bangkok.


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