The Thai Aviation Authority Has Issued Rules For International Tourists Who Want To Go To Phuket After July 1st, 2021

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has issued some specific rules for international travelers flying into Phuket after July 1. The Tourism Authority of Thailand recently announced more general rules for international tourists traveling within Thailand. Despite the current surge of cases and new cases still appearing daily in Phuket, TAT and the island remain determined to reopen under the Sandbox plan, a plan the Phuket government has put forward to reopen the island to international tourists.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will evaluate Phuket’s preparedness and report to the cabinet for a meeting on June 4th, 2021, to approve or deny the July 1, 2021 reopening.

Flight rules require all passengers arriving in Phuket from abroad to be fully vaccinated, receiving two doses of those required vaccines. One notable exception is AstraZeneca, which does not require a traveler to have had two jabs for just this brand.

Natural immunity is another exception to the requirement of vaccination immunity. If you have documentation that you have recovered from a Covid-19 infection within the 90 days before your arrival, you will be allowed entry. All passengers will be required to provide documentation confirming that they have been tested for Covid-19 within the last 7 days and have returned a negative result.

Those who attempt to board a plane without showing the required documents – proof of a negative test within a week and either 1 AstraZeneca shot, full inoculation, or full recovery from Covid-19 within the past 3 months – will be refused to board.

Children are exempt from these tight restrictions implemented to allow international travelers to return to Thailand. If they are properly vaccinated or meet the other requirements, children under the age of five will be exempt from the flight rules.

There have been meetings to determine Phuket’s readiness for reopening before the CCSA presents its report to the Cabinet, as well as to take into account public opinion. The officials are meeting with hotels, transportation, restaurants, and other tourism-related businesses as well as with other local business operators to determine opinions on the reopening on July 1, 2021.

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