The Royal Thai Government has officially endorsed measures for Phuket to reopen for fully vaccinated international travellers without quarantine requirements from 1st July 2021.
Leading the reopening is Thailand’s largest island and popular holiday destination Phuket with the “Phuket Sandbox” model from 1 July 2021. This will be followed by “Samui Plus” which is the reopening of the luxury holiday destination Koh Samui and nearby islands of Koh Phangan & Koh Tao from 15th July 2021.
If Phuket or Samui is the visitor’s first point of stay in Thailand, he or she must remain in Phuket or Koh Samui for 14 nights before travelling to other destinations in Thailand or depart to their home country or another country if intending to stay there for fewer than 14 nights.
Travellers will need to be fully vaccinated, get an RTPCR negative report prior to departure; stay in an SHA Plus approved accommodation (where at least 70% of staff are inoculated) and would have to strictly follow the formulated SOPs with taking utmost precautions of hygiene and safety. These terms will also be applicable for children of 6-18 years of age travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians who are required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at their own expense.
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Phuket, one of Thailand’s most loved destinations, located in Southern Thailand is often referred to as the Pearl of the Andaman, It is Thailand’s largest island located 867 kilometres south of Bangkok. Being a big island, Phuket is surrounded by many magnificent Beaches such as Rawai, Patong, Karon, Kamala, Kata Yai, Kata Noi, and Mai Khao.
Blessed by nature and smiling hospitality of its people, and supported by world-class tourism facilities, Phuket is one of the world’s premier tropical islands. Palm-fringed beaches, a wide variety of accommodation options, vibrant nightlife, great spas and wellness centers, a variety of cuisines with the availability of vegetarian and vegan food, fresh seafood, and of course year round sunshine, are a few of what makes a trip to Phuket a truly memorable holiday. There are various activities for everyone to
indulge in, be it golf, shopping, theme parks, historical attractions, art & culture, adventure and water sports etc.
Ko Samui, Thailand’s third-largest island, lies in the Gulf of Thailand off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus. It’s known for its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and dense, mountainous rainforest, plus luxury resorts and posh spas. There are so many beautiful beaches here like Chaweng, Lamai, Taling Ngam, and Natien. Besides plentiful nature, the island is also full of history and culture. Koh Samui is a cosmopolitan melting pot, attracting budget travellers staying for a month or two in simple beachside bungalows, to the wealthiest travellers looking to unwind and pamper themselves in high-end resorts. This beautiful island is popular for its white-sand beaches, clear blue waters, natural
beauty, stunning viewpoints and national marine parks. It is also known for its vibrant nightlife and world-class bars and restaurants.
Couples must indulge in Koh Samui’s luxury spas and romantic sunset cruises. In the best interest of all travellers, Thailand will open up in a phased manner starting with the low & medium Covid 19 affected countries. Given that the situation in India is slowly improving; we sincerely hope India will be on the consideration list soon. Thailand is waiting and looking forward to welcoming Indian visitors to the Land of Smiles very soon.