Government releases guideline for Phuket sandbox

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The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) released, on Friday, a step-by-step guide for entering and exiting the “Phuket Sandbox” which will begin on July 1.

These regulations will also apply to Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao when they are reopened.

Before arriving:

  • Must be coming from a country with a low to medium risk as per the Ministry of Public Health.
  • Fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, and Sinopharm Covid vaccines (no less than 14 days earlier, but no more than one year) and has a Vaccine Certificate to prove it.
  • Must has a COVID Free certificate to prove that you have tested negative for Covid no more than 72 hours before arriving
  • Obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE) which could be acquired online via

Upon arrival:

  • Download the Mor Chana tracing application
  • Picked up by designated vehicles and to be dropped off at an accommodation that is certified with the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus certification (Alternative Local Quarantine (ALQ) for Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao)
  • Be tested for Covid at the accommodation or designated venues  
  • If tested negative, you can roam around Phuket.
  • For Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao, you can roam around the accommodation and its facilities only
  • Must stay in Phuket for 14 days before you can travel to other provinces.
  • For Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao, visitors must stay inside the accommodation’s area for three days before they can go around to designated routes and areas on the islands. After seven days, they will be able to travel without quarantine between the three islands and Mu Ko Thale Tai.
  • Visitors will be tested again on day six or seven and day 12 or 13. The days to be tested could be changed to be in accordance with the CCSA’s regulation at the time.
  • Visitors must strictly follow Covid-prevention guidelines including social distancing, mask wearing and handwashing.

Before leaving:

  • If visitors are going to other provinces, they must have evidence that they have stayed at a SHA+ accommodation for at least 14 days.


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