General Information – Samui Plus

Bangkok, 13 July, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to provide information on the ‘Samui Plus’ programme for fully vaccinated international tourists visiting Ko Samui plus Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao between July and December 2021.

Eligible Travellers

1.Tourists should come from a country/territory in the approved list and must have stayed there at least 21 days before departure, except those with residence in Thailand returning from a journey in those approved countries/territories.

2.They must have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) or the World Health Organisation (WHO) for at least 14 days and have a valid Vaccine Certificate. In the case a traveller is regarded as a high COVID-19 risk due to proximity with an infected person during the trip or in Thailand, that traveller will be placed under the medical protocol as determined by the MoPH.

3. Children under 18 are not required to be vaccinated if travelling with fully vaccinated parents/guardians.

4. All travellers including children must have received a negative COVID-19 test by the RT-PCR method within 72 hours before the travel date.

5. All travellers must have medical insurance with COVID-19 treatment coverage of at least US$100,000.

Applying for a COE

6. Travellers must submit the necessary documents and obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE) at

The documents required for COE issuance are:

A valid passport with 6 months validity.
Vaccination Certificate.
COVID-19 health insurance with minimum coverage of US$100,000.
Air ticket.
Fully paid booking for the first 7 nights’ accommodation in a ‘Samui Extra Plus’ hotel and the remaining 7 nights in a ‘SHA Plus’ hotel (in case of staying less than 7 nights, this document must be for a ‘Samui Extra Plus’ accommodation only).
Proof of payment of COVID-19 testing; the number of tests depends on the intended duration of stay.
*Visa (if required).

Departure from Origin

7. Travellers must have confirmation of COE approval (a print-out copy).

8. Travellers must get a COVID-19 test (RT-PCR) only 72 hours before departure with a negative result.

9. Travellers must stay in the designated area for at least 14 nights. If staying less than 14 nights, they must travel out of Thailand via a direct international flight or a dedicated flight by Bangkok Airways to connect with a direct international flight at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Transfer at Suvarnabhumi Airport

10. Arrival and disembarkation is at GATE E10 at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

11. Airline staff will escort passengers to the Health Control Checkpoint at Concourse F.

12. The Thailand Plus application must be installed.

13. Go through the Immigration process at the FAST-TRACK area.

14. Airline staff will escort passengers to the security checkpoint and wait at GATE D4.

15. Board at GATE D4 and take the bus to embark the Bangkok Airways aircraft at the Remote Parking Stand.

Arrival at Samui

16. Arrive at Samui Airport and disembark at GATE 5 (International Arrival).

17. The Mor Chana application must be installed and registration be done for the Samui Health Pass. 18. Proceed through the Customs Clearance.

19. Arrive at the ‘Samui Extra Plus’ hotel in the designated vehicle.

During the Stay

20. The RT-PCR test will be conducted according to the length of stay (on Day 0, Day 6-7 and 12-13).

DAY 0: WAITING: The first RT-PCR test will be conducted at the ‘Samui Extra Plus’ hotel, and the traveller must wait in their room for the result.
DAY 1-3 Chilling at the hotel: After receiving a negative test result, travellers can then relax and use services in the area that the ‘Samui Extra Plus’ hotel has allocated.
DAY 4-7 Sealed Route: Travellers can travel in districts of Samui according to the specified route and travel programme.
DAY 6 or 7: The second RT-PCR test will be conducted at the ‘Samui Extra Plus’ hotel.
DAY 8-14 Relaxation: Travellers must stay at a ‘SHA Plus’ hotel, and after receiving a negative test result, can travel within Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao with a follow-up with the specified IT system.
DAY 12 or 13, The third RT-PCR test will be conducted at the approved hospital.

21. Travellers must strictly follow the D-M-H-T-T-A measures: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H- Handwashing, T – Temperature check, T – Testing for COVID-19, and A – Alert application. Masks must be worn at all times in public areas; such as, hotels, swimming pools, beaches, etc., as well as in any vehicle with two or more people.

Before Departing

22. Travellers can go from Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao to other provinces in Thailand as long as they provide proof of at least 14 nights stay, 3 RT-PCR test results, and evidence of disease control according to the destination’s regulations.

* Remarks
Samui+ Model has 16 Standard Operation Procedures (SOP):
(1) Arrival
(2) Car & Van Transfers
(3) Hotel Arrival
(4) Full Quarantine
(5) Area Quarantine
(6) Sealed Beach
(7) Boat & Yacht
(8) Wellness
(9) Guide & Services
(10) Boat Transfer
(11) Port
(12) SHA+ Hotel
(13) Scuba Diving
(14) Restaurant
(15) Water Sports Activity
(16) Departure

See more info at: Samui+ FAQs

Source info:
For further information please contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel : +662 250 5500 TAT Call Centre 1672

General Information – Phuket Sandbox

The Royal Thai Government has officially endorsed measures for Phuket to reopen for fully vaccinated international travellers without quarantine requirements from 1 July, 2021.

Bangkok, Updated on 29 June, 2021, 22.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to provide the latest general information on the reopening of Thailand, starting from Phuket as the pilot destination from 1 July, 2021.

The officially approved directives from the Royal Thai Government were announced in the Royal Gazette on 29 June, 2021.

Measures to enter Thailand for Thais and non-Thai nationals.


1  Travellers are advised to avoid at-risk areas or crowded places no less than 14 days before their travel date.

2  Travellers must travel from countries/territories (list) approved by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), per the guidelines of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), as proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MoTS) and TAT, and must have been in the said countries for no less than 21 days before their travel date – except Thai nationals and foreign expatriates returning from overseas. They must register their travel via the designated system or website, and have the following documents:

A certificate of Entry (COE).
A medical certificate with a laboratory result by an RT-PRC method indicating that COVID-19 is not detected no more than 72 hours before their travel date.
Copy of an insurance policy in English covering healthcare and treatment expenses for COVID-19 per applicant for the whole duration in Thailand with coverage clearly identified as no less than US$100,000.
Copy of the payment confirmation for no less than 14 nights stay and RT-PCR tests at hotels approved by the MoTS or TAT. In the case that the length of stay is less than 14 days, travellers must present a confirmed flight ticket out of Thailand and payment confirmation for accommodation and RT-PCR tests at hotels that cover their intended duration of stay.
A certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the MoPH or the World Health Organisation (WHO) no less than 14 days before their travel date. Travellers under 18 years of age, travelling with their parents or guardians, must have a medical certificate with a laboratory result by an RT-PRC method indicating that COVID-19 is not detected no more than 72 hours before their travel date.

3  Travellers must undergo exit screening before departure.


1 Entry screening and Immigration and Customs procedures:

Travellers on direct, non-stop flights to Phuket International Airport are subject to health screening and Immigration and Customs procedures at the point of entry. Click to see the “7-Step Flow at Phuket International Airport” or “7 Steps 7 Countdown”.

2 Download and install an alert application, as well as set the application on at all times for the whole duration in Thailand.
3 Proceed directly to the reserved hotel on approved airport transfer service.
4 Undergo a COVID-19 test (RT-PCR method) at own expense as per the following requirements:

Taking the first test upon arrival and await the test results in the accommodation.
Taking additional RT-PCR tests as per the following requirements:
Travellers with the length of stay less than 7 days are required to take another test on Day 6 or 7, or as per the MoPH’s guidelines.
Travellers with the length of stays between 10-14 days are required to take the second test on Day 6 or 7 and the third test on Day 12 or 13, or as per the MoPH’s guidelines.
In the case that travellers are tested positive for COVID-19, travellers will be referred to specified healthcare facilities for medical treatment, for which the expenses must be covered by the required insurance.

5 If tested negative for COVID-19, travellers can go anywhere in Phuket
6 Travellers with an intended length of stay less than 14 days must leave Phuket (Thailand) immediately on an international flight to another country on or before their intended departure date. (see FAQs)
7 Travellers who have completed 14 nights in Phuket will be allowed to continue their journey to other Thai destinations. (see FAQs)

International / Domestic Departure

For travelling from Phuket to other countries, travellers are advised to follow the guidelines and measures announced by the respective country of their destination.
For travelling from Phuket to other Thai destinations, travellers are required to show proof that they have completed a 14-night stay accommodation along with other required documentation per the guidelines and measures announced by the respective destinations.

Phuket Sandbox FAQs

Images & Infographics

7-Step Flow at Phuket International Airport

Phuket Sandbox Exit Measures

Phuket Sandbox List of Countries as of 30 June 2021


For more info:  Phuket Sandbox FAQs


For more information please contact Tourism Authority of Thailand  Tel : +662 250 5500 TAT Call Centre 1672


Phuket to reopen to vaccinated foreign tourists without quarantine from 1 July 2021

Bangkok, 27 March, 2021
 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that Phuket will be the first destination in Thailand to reopen to vaccinated foreign visitors without quarantine requirements from 1 July.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA), chaired by Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, on Friday (26 March, 2021) approved in principle the plan to reopen the country in stages with Phuket being the pilot destination.

From 1 April, 2021, foreign travellers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to visit Phuket under a 0+7 quarantine in a sealed area. Meaning, they must remain in their hotel accommodation for the first seven days and will then be allowed to engage in leisure tourism activities in specified areas.

From 1 July, 2021, vaccinated foreign travellers will be allowed to visit Phuket without quarantine.

However, all foreign tourists who want to enter Phuket during the above mentioned two stages will be required to present proof that they have received two doses of the vaccine that is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Other essential documents include a medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected, using RT-PCR method, issued no longer than 72 hours before departure; a Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by the Embassy; valid visa or re-entry permit; health insurance policy.

Upon arrival at the Phuket International Airport, tourists will be required to undergo a COVID-19 screening, including PCR tests, and download the specified track and trace application to ensure that they only visit the designated areas.

Mr. Yuthasak said the CESA may consider testing the reopening plan, under a 0+7 quarantine in specified areas model, in some other destinations, including Krabi, Phang Nga, Ko Samui, Pattaya, and Chiang Mai.

“Phuket will be the pilot destination that will lift quarantine requirements from 1 July onwards while other destinations will still require a seven-day quarantine. Starting from the fourth quarter of this year, quarantine is expected to be lifted entirely in all area.”

However, the plan to reopen Phuket to vaccinated foreign tourists in stages is pending the official announcement. Travellers are recommended to enquire at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in their home country for more details.

TAT is constantly providing updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (; Facebook (; and Twitter (Tatnews_Org).

For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.


TAT & Locanation launch ‘ASQ Paradise’ hotel bookings platform

Bangkok -The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Thailand-based Locanation Company Limited today jointly launch the newly-developed website under the ‘ASQ Paradise’ project to provide arriving foreign visitors with world-class information regarding standards for quarantine and control at Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) hotels located around Thailand.

TAT Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business, Ms. Thapanee Kiatphaibool, said, “TAT’s collaboration for the ‘ASQ Paradise’ project emphasises the strength of Thailand’s tourism infrastructure even as the country is in the grip of the global pandemic crisis. TAT sees an opportunity during this crisis to show other aspects of our tourism potential to the world. Not only do we retain our outstanding hospitality and travel services, but also the highest possible standards for pandemic control and quarantine.”

The website, available in English and Chinese languages, provides a 360-degree pre-entry quarantine service platform that offers services ranging from room reservations to information related to individual travel to Thailand and other services.

Currently, the website features 107 participating ASQ hotels in Thailand, offering quarantine packages ranging from 27,000 Baht to 220,000 Baht for the two-week period at hotels in the three to five-star range. All hotels join the platform are required to pass rigid standards set by the Ministry of Public Health.

TAT is also creating activities to support the ASQ Paradise Project by offering special online shopping opportunities for quarantined tourists. The tourists will also receive an exclusive ‘Happy DIY Set’ with premium products from five Thai tourism communities around the country with delivery co-ordinated by the ASQ Club Thailand.

TAT will also launch an official LINE account in Chinese and English languages to provide information and reply to questions to quarantined tourists.

For more information on the ASQ Paradise Project and ASQ hotels located around Thailand, visit

See more at TAT Newsroom

International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
1600 New Petchaburi Road, Makkasan, Ratchathevi
Bangkok 10400
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2250 0246

Procedure of Special Tourist Visa (STV)

Cr :  Image courtesy of TAT

Ministry of Foreign Affairs clarified the conditions for applying for Special Tourist Visa (STV) application for foreigners entering the country.
Thailand’s Ministry of Interior has officially announced the special tourist visa scheme for long-staying visitors, as part of the plans to revive the country’s tourism industry while maintaining effective COVID-19 control and prevention measures.

This special tourist visa scheme comes into effect from 30 September, 2020 and will be available for one year, until 30 September, 2021.

The STV visa applicant's first priority, it must be a foreigner from a country with low risk from the spread of COVID-19, according to the National Medical and Public Health Organization. For those who are not Thai nationalities enter the Kingdom as specified by the Ministry of Health.

By allowing foreigners to apply for a Special Tourist Visa for staying in Thailand for 90 days and extending their stay for another 90 days twice, effective from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021.

Eligible visitors will be charged a visa fee of 2,000 THB to stay in the Kingdom for 90 days.

The application for the aforementioned visa consists of 2 parts:

Part 1 is to submit documents for a Certificate of Entry (COE) (proof of payment, Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) or Alternative Hospital Quarantine (AHQ) and Health insurance which cover COVID-19 of at least USD100,000

Part 2 is to apply for the STV visa, which must provide the following evidences:

(1) Proof of payment of ASQ or AHQ for at least 14 days
(2) Proof of payment for accommodation in full throughout the period of stay in Thailand or evidence of ownership, purchase or lease of a condominium or residence.
(3) A Thai health and accident insurance policy which should cover the entire period of stay in Thailand; In-patient 400,000 THB / Outpatient 40,000 THB
(4) Health insurance which cover COVID-19 of at least USD 100,000

In addition, on the date of their entry into the Kingdom, STV visa holders must present a COVID-Free medical certificate up to 72 hours prior to departure. And a doctor's certificate, Fit to Fly, which is a procedure before traveling to Thailand.

The special tourist visa cannot be changed to other types of visa, and the permission as well as the extension will be considered in accordance with the rules and regulations by the Immigration Bureau.