Good News for Travelers Visiting South East Asia
Over this past year, the travel industry globally has started to pick up. Most notably, we have seen New York City reopen and many European nations open to international travelers. If we remembered, last year, global tourism essentially came to a standstill. Cruise ships were docked, planes were placed in hangers and beaches were empty.
South East Asia has slowly reopened compared to Europe and the United States for international travelers. Many countries are still fighting the COVID-19 virus and have not fully opened up to international travelers. As of July 1st, the island of Phuket, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in South East Asia, is reopening effective immediately.
What You Need to Know About Visiting Phuket
MSNBC reported that starting July 1st, tourists can visit Phuket without quarantining for the first time since March 2020. If you are unfamiliar with Phuket, it's the largest island in Thailand and is considered one of the most popular destinations in the region. To avoid quarantining for 14 days, international travelers must comply with the following requirements from the Travel Authority of Thailand:
Travelers are advised to avoid at-risk areas or crowded places no less than 14 days before their travel date.
Travelers must travel from countries/territories (list) approved by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), per the guidelines of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), as proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MoTS) and TAT, and must have been in the said countries for no less than 21 days before their travel date – except Thai nationals and foreign expatriates returning from overseas. They must register their travel via the designated system or website, and have the following documents:
A certificate of Entry (COE).
A medical certificate with a laboratory result by an RT-PRC method indicating that COVID-19 is not detected no more than 72 hours before their travel date.
Copy of an insurance policy in English covering healthcare and treatment expenses for COVID-19 per applicant for the whole duration in Thailand with coverage clearly identified as no less than US$100,000.
Copy of the payment confirmation for no less than 14 nights stay and RT-PCR tests at hotels approved by the MoTS or TAT. In the case that the length of stay is less than 14 days, travelers must present a confirmed flight ticket out of Thailand and payment confirmation for accommodation and RT-PCR tests at hotels that cover their intended duration of stay.
A certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the MoPH or the World Health Organisation (WHO) no less than 14 days before their travel date. Travelers under 18 years of age, traveling with their parents or guardians, must have a medical certificate with a laboratory result by an RT-PRC method indicating that COVID-19 is not detected no more than 72 hours before their travel date.
Travelers must undergo exit screening before departure.
Entry screening and Immigration and Customs procedures:
Travelers on direct, non-stop flights to Phuket International Airport are subject to health screening and Immigration and Customs procedures at the point of entry. Click to see the "7-Step Flow at Phuket International Airport" or "7 Steps 7 Countdown".
Download and install an alert application, as well as set the application on at all times for the whole duration in Thailand.
Proceed directly to the reserved hotel on the approved airport transfer service.
Undergo a COVID-19 test (RT-PCR method) at your own expense as per the following requirements:
Taking the first test upon arrival and await the test results in the accommodation.
Taking additional RT-PCR tests as per the following requirements:
Travelers with the length of stay of fewer than 7 days are required to take another test on Day 6 or 7, or as per the MoPH's guidelines.
Travelers with the length of stays between 10-14 days are required to take the second test on Day 6 or 7 and the third test on Day 12 or 13, or as per the MoPH's guidelines.
In the case that travelers are tested positive for COVID-19, travelers will be referred to specified healthcare facilities for medical treatment, for which the expenses must be covered by the required insurance.
If tested negative for COVID-19, travelers can go anywhere in Phuket.
Travelers with an intended length of stay of fewer than 14 days must leave Phuket (Thailand) immediately on an international flight to another country on or before their intended departure date. (see FAQs)
Travelers who have completed 14 nights in Phuket will be allowed to continue their journey to other Thai destinations.
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