Phuket, Thailand - A Quarantine Island! Opening July 1, 2021

Everyone hates quarantine, and most people love Phuket. And now it seems that we are really going to be open for July 1, 2021 as a huge quarantine island. No more being stuck in an expensive ASQ hotel. Book your stay in a regular hotel, resort or AirBnB and you're ready to go!

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Finally! A way back into Thailand for ordinary tourists. The southern Thai Island (Koh) of Phuket is set to be re-opened for international tourists on July 1, 2021. That's 3 weeks from the date of this blog post.

To make this happen, the Thai Government is transforming the island into a giant quarantine location.

So what do you need to do to pack your suitcase and fly to Thailand for even a 10 day vacation?

Be fully vaccinated

Yup this is the main thing. Everything else is small compared to this. You need to be fully vaccinated -- that is, have your two shots of whatever vaccine is available in your country. And you need the documentation to prove it before you will even be able to fly out.

You will also need a Rapid Antigen test no more than 7 days before flying from your home country.

The island's residents, including expats are almost at 70% vaccination levels and this is growing daily. The goal is almost 100% vaccinated. So you would be arriving on an island that is almost Covid free.

When does it open?

The island is going to be open for international travel from July 1, 2021. If the plan works on Phuket, then the authorities plan to extend this to other locations in Thailand after July.

How long do I need to stay in Phuket?

You would have to stay in Phuket for a minimum of 14 days. After 14 days you will be free to travel to other parts of Thailand. During this time you will be given some rapid antigen tests to make sure you remain free of Covid-19.

Can I just come for a short 7 day vacation?

Absolutely!! You can fly into Phuket, Thailand for a short vacation from a few days, up to as long as your visa allows. If you don't need to leave Phuket, then you can fly out back home directly from the international airport at Phuket after enjoying the beaches and all that the island has to offer.

When can I travel to other parts of Thailand?

You have to remain quarantined in Phuket for at least 14 days. After which you are free to fly or travel by boat to any other part of Thailand that you desire. Phuket is one of the largest islands in Thailand and is very diverse in terms of things to do, sightseeing, beaches and nightlife.

Can I transit through Bangkok Airport?

Yes! The plan is to allow transit through the Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). This means you will have a wide variety of flights from all over the world ready to go.

What about my Children?

Children under 6 years old do not need vaccinations or testing. Children between 6 and 18 years old need to have a test before and on arrival.

Do I need a Certificate of Entry (COE)?

Yes you will need one for Phuket. Please organize that through your local Thai embassy back in your home country.

The team at Baan Smile is ready to answer any questions you might have about Phuket or your other travel plans to Thailand.

Welcome back to Thailand!

Sources:

Watch the video from the Thaiger

Bangkok Post Article

The Phuket News

CNN News Article

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