The Thai government and Tourism Authority of Thailand have officially announced that Thailand will be reopening for international travelers from 1 July 2021 with the The Phuket Sandbox.
Here are some of the details:
Who can travel to Phuket?
Everyone! (With a few caveats.) For travelers to be eligible for the quarantine-free arrival in Phuket, they have to be vaccinated.
These are the protocols for which international guests may arrive into Phuket:
Are other countries in Southeast Asia welcoming guests?
At this time, Smiling Albino’s other Southeast Asia destinations, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos are not yet allowing entry for ordinary international travelers.
When will other destinations in Thailand reopen?
Thailand is planning reopening the following destinations after the success of the Phuket reopening initiative: Phuket, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Krabi and Pattaya. These reopenings are currently slated for 1 October 2021.
Similar to the Phuket reopening, it is our perception that this opening date will be pushed back to later in Q4. We will update monthly. Read more about Thailand’s reopening plan.
Will Southeast Asia be open for December travel and beyond?
We’re expecting that Q4 2021 will see vaccinated travelers being welcomed in some destinations. Each country is currently working on plans to reopen as quickly and as safely as possible. This is a great reference for Southeast Asia situation status by country.
Read our outlooks by destination below.
Travel for December 2021 and beyond is looking very likely. We expect certain key areas to be accessible by November/December, such as Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi, Chiang Mai, and possibly Bangkok.
Smiling Albino Outlook: Expected accessibility for vaccinated travelers in mid Q4 2021.
Vietnam is currently working on its own vaccination plans. As with many countries, there is a lot of speculation in terms of Vietnam’s reopening date. Under the current schedule, regular international commercial flights are planned to resume, without passengers being subject to quarantine upon arrival, after the acceptance of vaccination passports in Vietnam, starting in September. This will be dependent on the progress of COVID-19 vaccination and the level of herd immunity in Vietnam.
CAMBODIA / LAOS
At this time, Cambodia and Laos have not released specific reopening plans. We anticipate that these countries will follow the lead of Thailand, monitoring the country’s reopening success closely.
Smiling Albino Outlook: Expected accessibility for vaccinated travelers in Q1 2022.
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