“Samui+ Model” and requirements for travelers arriving in Surat Thani

Despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the capital and surrounding regions, Thailand is slowly continuing to reopen its borders to tourists as a bid to regenerate its ailing economy.

From July 15 onwards, foreigners will now be allowed to travel into Thailand’s Surat Thani province via the Samui International Airport to visit its three resort islands Koh Samui, Koh Tao, and Koh Pha-ngan under the new Samui+ model.

The requirements are as follows:

  • Certificate of Entry (COE).
  • A passport with at least 6 months validity.
  • Been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) or the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Vaccinated travelers must come from a low- or medium-risk country based on the listing by MOPH. The traveler will need to have evidence that they have been staying in said countries for no less than 21 days before their day of arrival into Surat Thani
  • Have booked and purchased return air travel.
  • Have booked and paid for accommodation, and required RT-PCR test/s at a Samui Extra Plus or SHA Plus hotel.
  • Travelers must undergo an RT-PCR Covid-19 test at least three times: on arrival at the Samui International Airport, on day six or seven, and on day 12 and 13. Children under six years of age will only have to go through one test between the first and seventh day of their stay.
  • Have purchased medical insurance with COVID-19 treatment coverage of at least US$100,000.
  • Have tested negative for COVID-19 no longer than 72 hours before travel.
  • Hold an insurance policy of no less than US$100,000 which covers medical expenses for Covid-19 and other conditions during their entire stay in Thailand
  • Install the “Mor Chana” tracing application or other tracing applications as specified by the district’s control centers.
  • They stay in Alternative Local State Quarantine (ALQ) hotels in Koh Samui for at least seven days.
  • After those seven days, travelers can decide to stay in ALQ or SHA+ hotels in Koh Samui, Koh Tao, or Koh Pha-ngan.


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