Now that Thailand is open to Indians, you can ‘rent’ vacations at Rs40k

Thailand has opened its doors to fully vaccinated Indians, but there are no direct flights to the country yet, possibly because the final set of rules for Indian visitors have yet to be finalized. However, MakeMyTrip has now partnered with IndiGo Airlines and GoFirst (formerly known as GoAir) to offer what it says is a one-of-a-kind ‘air charter vacation package’ to Phuket for a set of selected dates in December. .

What is included in the ‘charter vacation package’ to Phuket?

This package will cover your flight and accommodation arrangements, airport transfers, on-demand assistance with a Thailand Pass (an essential document with health and travel information for a foreign traveler), as well as bookings from RT-PCR test on the way home.

They’ve also covered your tours while you’re at it. You can take a city tour with a qualified guide. Some of the sites in the package offer a day trip to Dolphins Bay and visits to Coral and Racha Island. A photoshoot can be arranged at Kata Beach to immortalize the memorable vacation.

When can you fly to Phuket?

Charter flights are scheduled for the following dates. Although it is called charter, it is most likely a “bundled flight”, operated only on certain days for a limited period, for which seats are sold as they normally are. Flights from Delhi will be on GoFirst while those from Mumbai will be IndiGo flights. :

  • December 4, 2021
  • December 9, 2021
  • December 14, 2021
  • December 19, 2021
  • 24 December 2021
  • December 29, 2021
  • January 3, 2022

How much does it cost?

Depending on the activities you want to participate in, you can choose from four vacation packages that can cost between Rs 40,000 and Rs 50,000. This price remains the same regardless of your city of departure, ie Mumbai or Delhi. Early risers could receive the package at a cost of Rs 39,999 plus a booking fee of Rs 1,000.

Phuket travel guidelines

Thailand has a four-phase reopening plan in place. This would allow fully vaccinated people from 63 countries to visit the country again. Under the new rules, you have to stay in Phuket for at least 7 days, otherwise you have to take an international flight right after seven days.

You must present the following documents upon arrival in Thailand:

  • A vaccination certificate with the two doses taken at least 14 days before departure. Currently, only Covishield and Sputnik V are on the list of vaccines accepted by Thailand.
  • An RT-PCR test issued no more than 72 hours before the flight
  • A confirmed payment for a one night stay at a designated hotel for quarantine and RT-PCR testing on arrival.
  • COVID-19 insurance with coverage of at least US $ 50,000 (Rs 37,000,000)
  • A Thailand Pass issued by the Embassy of Thailand.

Once you test negative on your on-arrival RT-PCR test, you will be able to browse sandbox destinations designated as “blue zone” for the first seven nights. These sandbox destinations are the places where your travel will be restricted for seven days. During this time, you will need to have an RT-PCR on the sixth or seventh day. If your test is negative, you are free to travel anywhere in Thailand.

The sandbox destinations as of November 1 are as follows:

  • Bangkok
  • Krabi
  • Chonburi
  • Chiang Mai
  • Trat
  • Buri ram
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Phang-Nga
  • Phetchaburi
  • Phuket
  • Ranong
  • Rayong
  • Loei
  • Samut Prakan
  • Surat Thani
  • Nong khai
  • Udon thani

Note: Rules for Indian travelers may differ and are still expected from the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Watch this space for updates.

For more information on the Air Charter Vacation Package, visit this website.

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