Thailand has announced the great news that it will open to all tourists from all countries as from 1st November 2021.
Depending on whether visitors are vaccinated or not 3 schemes have been introduced and are expected to be more relaxed in the months ahead when hopefully the arrival test and 1 night stay in a designated SHA+ hotel waiting for results will be removed.
TEST & GO
Fully vaccinated visitors will enter Thailand quarantine free with a scheme paraphrased as Test & Go when arriving internationally from an official list of low risk countries. Visitors are to book & pay for a 1 night stay in a designated "SHA+ hotel" whilst waiting for the results of the Covid-19 test taken at the airport on arrival. It may be the case when booking accommodation the hotel/resort/villa will include the test fee (2,800THB pp) in the invoice and arrange this their guest.
TEST & GO - CHILDREN: Children under 12 are exempt from being vaccinated as will be travelling with vaccinated parents. Children 12 - 18 yrs who have not been fully vaccinated (2 shots) will have to join their parents in the Sandbox Programme below.
Fully vaccinated visitors who arrive from other countries that are not on the official low risk country list will enter under a "Sandbox Programme" through Thailand's international airports within 17 "Blue Zones"and will have a mandatory 7 nights stay in a chosen SHA+ hotel before having the freedom to travel elsewhere in Thailand. It may be the case when booking accommodation the hotel/resort/villa will include the test fee (2,800THB pp) in the invoice and arrange this their guest.
(SANDBOX PROGRAMME - CHILDREN: In addition to the above - children who are aged 12 - 18 yrs and not fully vaccinated (2 shots) travelling with vaccinated parents are to join this sandbox scheme and not Test & Go.)
Visitors who are not vaccinated arriving from all countries will enter under an Alternative Quarantine scheme with a mandatory 10 night stay in an ALQ designated hotel. (We understand that the SHA+ hotels will send a receipt for both the accommodation and RT-PCR tests together for uploading to the Thailand Pass system).
For Koh Samui, Koh Phangan & Koh Tao in particular, all three schemes will operate. However at the present time international arrivals are to transit through Suvarnabhumi airport, Bangkok on one ticket if you wish to spend the first night in a SHA+ hotel in the islands otherwise a 1 night SHA+ stay waiting for arrival test results would need to be booked in a hotel in Bangkok before travelling on to Koh Samui. (This is open to diiscussion with officials at the present time as tests should be carried out within 2 hours of arrival)
In Koh Samui the following villas have been SHV+ certified where you can check in for your holiday straight from the airport and a separate SHA+ hotel booking for the first night will not be required.
Villa Acacia, Villa Bougainvillea, Villa Champak, Villa Lotus, Villa Frangipani, Villa Hibiscus, Clay Beach Villas, Tawantok Villa 1, Tawantok Villa 2, Tawantok Beach Villas, Villa Chi Samui, Eranda Chic Pool Villa 1, Eranda Chic Pool Villa 2, Samujana 6, Samuijana 7, Samujana 11B, Samujana 12, Samujana 15, Samujana 19, Samujana 20,
Guests looking to stay in our Phuket villas can arrive directly from outside Thailand with a number of airlines including, Emirates, Etihad, Qatar and Singapore Airlines as welll as transiting through Bangkok (w/f 1st Nov) and can stay 1 night at a SHV + hotel waiting for results before having the freedom to travel elsewhere domestically if that is the plan. Popular destinations are Krabi & the Phi Phi islands
We look forward to welcoming our guests either directly arriving at our SHV+ villas or following their 1 night stay at their chosen SHA + hotel stay in Phuket or Bangkok.
We are here if you should need any further information regarding your travels and looking to stay in one of our amazing Thailand villas in Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan or Krabi
Further information, a guide to the current low risk countries and details of the scheme are are set out below:
The 'Thailand Pass' system will be operational from 1st/2nd November 2021 for all entry requests
This will involve uploading all the relative ducuments for both health & travel listed in the schemes below to the web based system at https://tp.consular.go.th/ in order to receive the Pass.
Up to date information on the schemes can be monitored at the Thailand Tourism website HERE