Travel to Thailand post Covid-19:

It’s official – Phuket, one of Thailand's most prominent holidays destaintions is now open to fully vaccinated international travellers as of 1 July, 2021 under the Phuket Sandbox programme. Here is the latest update on requirements, documentation, accommodation etc.

Please note: Some requirements may change over the next few weeks and we will do our upmost to keep this updated.

Who can travel to Phuket?

  • Fully vaccinated travellers: must have a vaccine certificate showing full vaccination against Covid-19 (14 days to 1 year before the travel date) with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
  • Children: Children under the age of 12 do not need to be vaccinated. However, children between 6 and 18 will need to have a Rapid Antigen Test when they arrive at the Phuket Airport. Under 6 years do not need to undergo any test.
  • Countries: travellers must be from a low to medium risk country – and you must  have been in your departure origin country for at least 21 days.

Pre-arrival Requirements & Documentation

  • A vaccine certification (as per the above requirements).
  • A valid visa if required.
  • A Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate. It takes approximately 3 working days to process the application – results can be checked on the website.
  • A Covid-19 health insurance policy with minimum coverage of USD 100,000
  • Confirmation of flights and a booking for SHA Plus-certified accommodation/s. You can move between SHA Plus hotels during your stay
  • You must get an RT-PCR Covid-19 test within 72 hours before arrival and submit proof when obtaining your COE.
  • Prepare T.8 document and Declaration form
  • You can stay in Phuket for less than 14 nights, but must depart via Phuket International Airport. 
  • You can travel to other parts of Thailand, only after having stayed in Phuket for 14 nights.

On arrival at Phuket International Airport

  • At Immigration, complete your arrival card, show your COE and passport.
  • Take a RT-PCR test (except children under 6 years old) 
  • Download and install the ThailandPlus mobile app.
  • Check-in at the pre-booked SHA Plus-certified accommodation establishment and stay there for no less than 14 nights before travelling to other parts of Thailand.
  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel must be with transportation that has a SHA Plus+ sticker. We recommend booking your transfer either through us or with the hotel.

 During your stay in Phuket

  • Stay in your hotel for the first night to wait for the PCR results which will be given the following day.
  • Take a Covid-19 RT-PCR test on day 6 – 7 and again on day 12 – 13.
  • After receiving your negative test result, you can go anywhere in Phuket and take part in activities, but must observe standard protocols of DMHTT (distancing, mask-wearing, hand washing, testing, Thailand Plus).
  • If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, alert the staff at your accommodation or contact the nearest hospital, and immediately get a test. If travelling in a group, everybody in the group must undergo a test. If you test positive, you will be responsible for the medical expenses which must be covered by your insurance.

Departure from Phuket

    • After spending 14 nights in Phuket, with a vaccine certificate and after a negative Covid-19 test, you are free to go anywhere in Thailand but you must follow each province’s restrictions.
    • For travelling from Phuket to other countries, please follow the guidelines and measures announced by the respective country of destination.

What is SHA+ Certification:

Over the past 18 months we have all become much more conscious of our personal space, health and hygiene.  and we expect and demand much higher standards of cleanliness. The Thai Tourism authorities have welcomed this change, raised the standard and created a benchmark for good hygiene and safety standard.  Hotels are now examined and awarded a SHA certification if considered to surpass the standard. This is to give confidence to tourists travelling around the country and upgrade the overall standards of the Thai tourism industry.


More useful inforamtion on travel to Thailand

Time zone: UTC +7 hours

Flying time:11 hours 30 mins

Capital: Bangkok


The local currency in Thailand is Thai Baht. Most ports of entry in the country have a 24-hour bank exchange counter immediately after customs and immigration. There are cash dispensing machines in all major cities. 


Thailand’s climate is warm year round, so be sure to drink plenty of fluid to prevent dehydration. Avoid drinking tap water and taking ice in drinks. Stick to bottled water (or boiled/UV treated water available at the hotel) and ensure that the seal is opened by you/in your presence. Aerated waters (bottled soft drinks) are fine.

Thai beer and rice whisky are widely available, although you may find them quite different to their European relatives. Other liquor is also found, though some are not ‘legal’. If in doubt, you may wish to stick to the more expensive imported brands. Wine, if available, is usually quite costly. Check the price before ordering.

The cuisine in Thailand is usually fresh, spicy and full-flavoured, but you will find Western alternative available at most restaurants and hotels. We do recommend that you eat moderately for the first few days. This allows your system to get used to the changes.

We recommend you carry with you a small supply of basic health care medication such as travel sickness tablets, anti-diarrhoea tablets, antacids for indigestion, insect repellent, sun creams and selected antibiotics after discussion with your doctor. Although most of these items are available in Thailand, the security provided by brands one is used to, is reassuring. We strongly recommend that all travellers be properly insured for the holiday. While taking insurance, please check that it includes repatriation costs.


Thailand has a tropical monsoon climate with temperatures ranging from an average high of 38ºC to a low of 19ºC. The monsoon season stretches from July to October, with periods of heavy rain. You may also experience showers at other times of the year, but an umbrella or light waterproofs are sufficient protection from these showers. 

The dry season lasts from November to April with temperatures starting to rise in late January. Early morning and night temperatures, especially during Nov-Feb can be quite mild, so adequate warm clothing should be carried particularly for nature reserves and mountains. Temperatures in April to June can be very high, adequate sun-screen and hydration is recommended.

During the day it is best to wear light, comfortable cottons with a pair of good ventilated walking shoes. For the sightseeing sessions you may find a good pair of sunglasses and a sun-hat handy.

At some of the monuments/temples, it is advisable to avoid sleeveless tops and short skirts. You may also be asked to remove your shoes.

Most hotels, including the more exclusive ones, do not insist on formal wear in restaurants and smart casuals are acceptable.


Thailand provides great opportunities for the shopper especially ceramics, silverware, silks, gemstones, wooden antiques and handicrafts and more. Please note, Thailand has restrictions on buying Buddha images and an export permit is required for all such statues, of all materials in excess of 5 inches in size. If asked, our local agents will advise on where best to buy particular items.

When purchasing an expensive item, always check the level of duty payable in the UK on your import. Please remember Customs Duty and VAT is payable on all goods above the value of £340 per person, even if an item is exempt from other import duties. 

Be prepared for the occasional pressure selling from some guides/drivers. Although they will generally take you to respectable establishments offering reasonable quality, it is quite likely that they have a vested interest. If you are not interested, and if the guide/driver is particularly insistent, do not hesitate to refuse and bring it to the attention of our associate offices/agents in Thailand. However, please note that TransIndus does not endorse any shop, factory or outlet, and we or any of our associate offices and agents in Thailand are not responsible for any shopping and related problems, although we assure you of any help that we can provide.


The electric voltage in Thailand is 220 volt AC. Most English electric appliances work well in Thailand but a universal adaptor is needed.

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