Thailand approves vaccines for foreigners visiting Phuket and southern islands


Eligible Thai or foreign returnees must be 18 years of age and over and have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including CoronaVac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Janssen, Moderna, Sinopharm, and Sputnik V, at least 14 days prior to arrival.

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has provided a guide for travelers planning to travel to Thailand under pilot reopening programs, such as “Phuket Sandbox”, “Samui Plus” and “Phuket Sandbox 7 + 7 Extension”.

Under the program, Thai returnees or eligible foreigners must be 18 years of age and over and have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, which have been approved by Thailand or the World Health Organization, at least 14 days before their arrival. COVID-19 vaccines approved in Thailand are CoronaVac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Janssen, Moderna, Sinopharm, and Sputnik V.

Travelers to Thailand should also have made all arrangements in advance, which include a Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by a Thai embassy or consulate, COVID-19 health insurance policy with minimum coverage of 100 US $ 000, confirmation of a “SHA Plus” hotel reservation and a medical certificate with negative result in the RT-PCR test issued no later than 72 hours before departure.


As part of the 7 + 7 extension program, tourists arriving under the “Phuket Sandbox” program can travel to specific destinations after spending their first seven days in Phuket. These destinations are Koh Samui, Koh Pha-Ngan and Koh Tao in Surat Thani, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Ngai and Railay Beach in Krabi, Khao Lak, Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai in Phang Nga. (NNT)


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