Sandbox Programme

Sandbox Programme

25 Oct 2021

UPDATE: From 1 November 2021 onwards Sandbox Programme will extend to the following provinces

  1. Bangkok
  2. Phuket
  3. Krabi
  4. Phang-Nga
  5. Surat Thani (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao)
  6. Chonburi (certain districts only)

PLEASE NOTE: Sandbox travellers must arrive through international airports at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Samui, U-Tapao or Buriram (chartered flights only). At present, domestic flight transit to Sandbox areas via Bangkok is only possible for Samui (through designated flights only).

 

>> IMPORTANT<<

1. APPLICANTS GOING TO SANDBOX PROGRAMME THAT ATTACHED BOOKING CONFIRMATION FROM THIRD-PARTY HOTEL BOOKING WEBSITES SUCH AS BOOKING.COM, AGODA.COM, ETC. FOR Thailand Pass MAY BE REJECTED

2. APPLICANTS MUST ATTACH RECEIPT OF PRE-PAYMENT FOR THE RT-PCR TEST WHICH ARE ISSUED FROM SHA+ HOTELS OR THE PHUKET SWAB APPOINTMENT SYSTEM (PSAS) WHICH CAN BE MADE THROUGH www.thailandpsas.com WEBSITE (online RT-PCR test appointment system)

3. EU COVID CERTIFICATE DOES NOT INCLUDE DATE OF 1ST DOSE, PLEASE KINDLY ATTACH THE LOCAL VACCINATION CARD/CERTIFICATE/YELLOW VACCINE BOOKLET ALONG WITH THE EU COVID CERTIFICATE. MINISTRY OF HEALTH WILL REJECT THE VACCINE CERTIFICATE IF APPLICANTS ONLY ATTACHED EU COVID CERTIFICATE WITHOUT INFORMATION OF THE DATE OF 1ST DOSE. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EMBASSY HAS NO AUTHORITY OR INFLUENCE TO PROCESS THE VACCINE CERTIFICATE.

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1. PHUKET SANDBOX

1. What is Phuket Sandbox?

  • A tourism-promotion scheme that allows fully vaccinated travellers to enter Phuket, Thailand, without quarantine, subject to conditions below.

 

2. Eligible travellers

  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by World Health Organization (WHO) or Ministry of Public Health of Thailand no less than 14 days before departure.
    • Travellers must show Certificate of Vaccination issued by a goverment authority, either in digital or paper format and must contain the following information:

              (1) The travellers' personal details, including name, date of birth, nationality and passport number.

              (2) Vaccination information, including dates of vaccination (the last dose must be administered no less than 14 days before travelling), name and lot/batch number of the vaccine.       

              (3) Digital COVID certificates does not include date of 1st dose of vaccination (except Johnson and Johnson's) in the certificate and the QR Code, therefore please kindly provide proof that includes the date that applicant received the 1st dose of vaccination.

              (4) Combination of different vaccines is accepted provided that the period between the 1st and 2nd dose was in accordance with the period set by the manufacture of the first dose.

  • Children under the age of 18, travelling with parents, are eligible without proof of vaccination.
  • Must come from countries considered as low/medium-risk areas by the Thai Government. At present, travellers from Poland and Ukraine are eligibleTravellers must, however, be in the eligible countries for at least 21 consecutive days
  • Both non-Thais and Thais are eligible.

 

3. Conditions

  • Health Insurance
    • Must have health insurance which covers treatment and medical expenses in relation to COVID-19, with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD, which can be purchased at https://covid19.tgia.org/
  • Hotels
    • Must stay at a hotel that meets the "SHA+" standard for at least 7 days (8 nights), unless travellers have proof of return tickets leaving Phuket (to another country) before 7 days. 
    • Confirmation of "SHA+" hotel booking must be issued under the SHABA system (SHA Plus Booking Authentication system) or booking under http://entrythailand.go.th/  List of SHA+ https://www.thailandsha.com/shalists/
    • After 7 days, they may travel to other parts of Thailand. Departure earlier than 7 days is possible only for destination outside of Thailand.
  • COVID-19 tests
    • Travellers must present RT-PCR negative test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure.
    • To apply for COE, travellers must submit evidence of pre-payment for the required RT-PCR tests 
    • Upon entry, travellers will have to undergo two COVID-19 tests at different times. 
    • Accepted evidence of pre-payment for the RT-PCR tests are
      • Receipt issued under the Phuket Swab Appointment System (PSAS) for appointments made through www.thailandpsas.com website (online RT-PCR test appointment system)
  • ALL CONDITIONS APPLIES TO BOTH NON-THAI AND THAI NATIONALS

 

4. How to apply for COE

  • Travellers under "Phuket Sandbox" programme must apply for a Certificate of Entry (COE), like all other travellers, via https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/ from 28 June 2021 (for entry to Thailand from 1 July 2021 onwards)
  • Travellers select purpose of travel (depending on the type of visa) for the "Types of permitted persons" and may select the Sandbox Programme, then select "Phuket" when registering the travel details. For travelers intending to use 30-day tourist visa exemption scheme, must select "11 (Exempt) - Medium Term visitor - Visa Exemption"
  • Travellers must upload insurance and valid EU Digital COVID Certificate (for vaccination only), the Thai Ministry of Health is responsible for checking and approving the vaccine certificate
  • After the vaccine certificate is approved by the Thai Ministry of Health, travellers can then proceed to upload relevant documents including insurance, flight ticket and SHABA Certificate (hotel booking) according to the steps provided in https://coethailand.mfa.go.th
  • The entire process may take up to 15 working days, therefore it is advised to register for COE at least 2 - 3 weeks before departure date.

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2. SAMUI PLUS

1. What is Samui Plus?

  • Similar to Phuket Sandbox, Samui Plus is a tourism-promotion scheme that allows fully vaccinated travellers to enter Koh Samui, Thailand, without quarantine, subject to conditions below.

 

2. Eligible travellers

  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine registered with the Food and Drug Administration of Thailand (FDA), or approved by World Health Organization (WHO) or Ministry of Public Health of Thailand no less than 14 days before departure. Travellers must show Certificate of Vaccination issued by a goverment authority, either in digital or paper format (document issued by private entities will not be accepted) and must contain the following information:

          (1) The travellers' personal details, including name, date of brith, nationality and passport number.

          (2) Vaccination information, including dates of vaccination (the last dose must be administered no less than 14 days before travelling), name and lot/batch number of the vaccine.

          (3) Digital COVID certificates does not include date of 1st dose of vaccination (except Johnson and Johnson's) in the certificate and the QR Code, therefore please kindly provide proof that includes the date that applicant received the 1st dose of vaccination.

          (4) Combination of different vaccines is accepted provided that the period between the 1st and 2nd dose was in accordance with the period set by the manufacture of the first dose.

  • Children under the age of 18, travelling with parents, are eligible without proof of vaccination.
  • Must come from countries considered as low/medium-risk areas by the Thai Government. At present, travellers from Poland are eligible. Travellers must, however, be in these eligible countries for at least 21 consecutive days (except for Thai nationals and those with Certificate of Residence in Thailand).
  • Must have health insurance which covers treatment and medical expenses in relation to COVID-19, with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD.
  • Both non-Thais and Thais are eligible.

 

3. Conditions 

  • Travelling to Koh Samui
    • Travellers must enter Thailand via Samui International Airport directly.
    • Flight transfer from Bangkok to Samui is permitted, subject to certain conditions. Travellers are advised to contact their airlines directly to ensure that their luggage is checked-through to Koh Samui.
  • Hotels
    • Days 1 -7 : stay at hotel certified as "SHA+" in Koh Samui. For a list of SHA+ faciltities, visit https://www.thailandsha.com or https://www.shathailand.com/kohsamui
    • Confirmation of "SHA+" hotel booking must be issued under the SHABA system (SHA Plus Booking Authentication system). Please contact your hotel directly to ask for the SHABA Certificate. Booking confirmation through agents will not be accepted.
    • Confirmation of pre-paid accommodation at Samui Extra+ and SHA+ is needed for a total of 7 days, unless travellers have proof of return tickets leaving Phuket (to another country) before 7 days.
  • Permitted movements within Koh Samui & nearby islands
    • Days 1-3 (hotel-based): upon receiving negative result of the first RT-PCR test, travellers may leave their hotel room but are required to stay within the premises of the hotel.
    • Days 4-7 (sealed route): travellers are allowed to travel within specified routes/travel programme on Koh Samui. Traveller must undergo second RT-PCR test on 6th or 7th day.
  • COVID-19 tests
    • Travellers must present RT-PCR negative test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure.
    • Upon entry, travellers will have to undergo three tests at different times, at the traveller's own expenses. The first test will be done upon arrival; travellers will be allowed outside of their hotel rooms only upon confirmation of negative result of the first test. The second test will be carried out on 6th or 7th day.
    • To apply for COE, travellers must submit evidence of pre-payment for the required RT-PCR tests (please contact the hotel directly to inquire)
  • Journey-tracing application
    • Travellers must install and use journey-tracing application (turn on GPS) as prescribed by the Thai Government
  • Upon leaving Koh Samui to other parts of Thailand after 7 days, travellers must provide proof of 7 days of stay in Koh Samui/Khon Phangan/Koh Tao and three RT-PCR test results.

 

4. How to apply for COE

  • Travellers under "Samui Plus" programme must apply for a Certificate of Entry (COE), like all other travellers, via https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/ 
  • Please choose option "Sandbox Programme", and then select "Samui" as Sandbox destination when completing the "travel details" column. For travelers intending to use 30-day tourist visa exemption scheme, must select "11 (Exempt) - Medium Term visitor - Visa Exemption"
  • Travellers must upload insurance and valid EU Digital COVID Certificate (for vaccination only), the Thai Ministry of Health is responsible for checking and approving the vaccine certificate
  • After the vaccine certificate is approved by the Thai Ministry of Health, travellers can then proceed to upload relevant documents including insurance, flight ticket and SHABA Certificate (hotel booking) according to the steps provided in https://coethailand.mfa.go.th
  • The entire process may take up to 15 working days, therefore it is advised to register for COE at least 2 - 3 weeks before departure date

 

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List of Countries/Area* eligible to take part in Phuket Sandbox

1. Albania

2. Andorra

3. Antigua and Barbuda

4. Australia

5. Austria

6. Azerbaijan

7. Bahrain

8. Barbados

9. Belgium

10. Bhutan

11. Brunei

12. Bulgaria

13. Cambodia

14. Canada

15. Chile

16. China

17. Croatia

18. Cyprus

19. Czech Republic

20. Denmark

21. Dominica

22. Estonia

23. Finland

24. France 

25. Germany

26. Greece

27. Hungary

28. Iceland

29. Ireland

30. Israel

31. Italy

32. Japan

33. Kuwait

34. Laos

35. Latvia

36. Lituania

37. Luxembourg

38. Malta

39. Mauritius

40. Monaco

41. Morocco

42. Myanmar

43. Mongolia

44. Netherlands

45. New Zealand

46. Norway

47. Poland

48. Portugal 

49. Qatar

50. Romania

51. Russia

52. San Marino

53. Serbia

54. Singapore

55. Slovakia

56. Slovenia

57. South Korea

58. Spain

59. Sweden

60. Switzerland

61. Turkey

62. Ukraine

63. UAE

64. UK

65. USA

66. Uzbekistan

67. Vietnam

68. Hong Kong*

69. Macao*

70. Taiwan*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that travellers must be in the eligible countries/area for at least 21 consecutive days. Proof of stay, such as immigration stamp and place of residence, must be submitted for consideration for CoE approval in coethailand.mfa.go.th

 

List of Certified COVID-19 Vaccine for Entry into Thailand

Vaccine Brand Status
AstraZeneca  Approved by WHO and Thai FDA
Sinovac (Coronavac) Approved by Thai FDA
Johnson's and Johnson's/Janssen Approved by WHO and Thai FDA
Moderna Approved by WHO and Thai FDA
Sinopharm Approved by WHO and Thai FDA
Pfizer (COMIRNATY) Approved by WHO and Thai FDA
Serum Institute of India (Covishield) Approved by WHO
Sputnik V  
COVAXIN (Bharat Biotech) Approved by WHO

 

 

Disclaimer: the above information is subject to change without prior notice.