Monday June 21st 2021: Just a quick up-date. Still no 100% confirmation from the Thai Embassy yet concerning the ‘No quarantine’ for Phuket from July 1st, BUT today the BBC one o’clock news on TV just reported that the ‘No quarantine’ for Phuket from July 1st has the green light. Unfortunately the BBC reporter on Phuket failed to mention that it still has to be approved by the Thai cabinet tomorrow, and then, if approved, it will published in the ‘Royal Gazette’ on Thursday 24th, before it is officially official, but it’s looking good.
At this moment in time Phuket is trying to vaccinate as many people as possible in the hope that if 70% of the population are vaccinated before the 1st of July, then Phuket will become the first Thai destination to reopen to foreign tourists, with ‘No quarantine’ needed.
The new scheme, known as “Phuket Sandbox”, is expected to get final approval, hopefully, tomorrow, and if approved will see the island open its doors to fully vaccinated tourists.
This point is also up for confirmation. It’s being reported that “guests will need to stay at special, certified hotels where 70% of staff have been vaccinated”. In my understanding of the “Phuket Sandbox” trial there is no government appointed Hotels, Resorts or Guesthouses, and you will be free to choose where you want to stay, but if this is the case then you can bet that these selected Hotels will have a hefty price tag attached to them, and basically to same system as the appointed quarantine Hotels they were using before.
Other than the above it is said that if guests want to travel outside of Phuket they will have to stay on Phuket for between 7 and 14 days. Once this time has past, and they show no signs of Covid, they are free to travel anywhere inside Thailand. Once again there is different reports on if the time period guests have to stay on Phuket is 7 or 14 days. Another thing to look out for.
Edgy guests awaiting the good, or bad, news will just have to wait until tomorrow, or Thursday to see what the Government is planning, and from there see what freedoms they will allow tourists and long term staying guests to have. Then after seeing what restrictions are in place, if its really worth it for them to visit Phuket, and will it actually feel like a holiday?
Friday April 9th, 2021: Just a quick update concerning the ‘No Covid quarantine in Phuket from July 1st 2021’ topic. As of today the Thai Embassy still has no confirmation that the no quarantine waver for Phuket, after July 1st, will be implemented, so NO 100% or green light still on this, yet.
Saying this. The Thai Embassy today mentioned “But if this is approved, and you are able to go to Phuket without a quarantine, you are likely to be eligible for a refund from the hotel for your ASQ accommodation”. This basically means that IF you book your holiday to Phuket now, or before July 1st, you will still have to book a ASQ (Alternative Local Quarantine) accommodation from the mentioned government-approved quarantine hotels, and this is not cheap. If you do book your ASQ accommodation, and then if the ‘No Covid quarantine in Phuket’ is approved, and you are able to go to Phuket without a quarantine, you are likely to be eligible for a refund from the hotel for your ASQ accommodation?. Yes. There’s a question mark due to like anything it’s not 100% sure that you will get a refund, so once again take the ‘you are likely to be eligible for a refund from the hotel for your ASQ accommodation’ part with a very BIG pinch of salt.
The bottom line is that right now you can travel and holiday on Phuket, and anywhere else in Thailand, BUT there will be quarantine, you will need all the paperwork, and you will need the jabs. No my idea of a holiday! If you still want to travel to Phuket, or anywhere in Thailand, then check out the Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) Hotels for Phuket by Agoda for ASQ accommodations in Phuket, Bangkok and Pattaya.
Most, if not all Tourists or short term travellers will not stay 7, 10 or 14, or any amount of nights in ASQ accommodation due to obvious reasons so due to this we recommend that unless the Thai Embassy, and NOT the local newspapers who are trying to get a quick boost in ranking, give us the green light, and a 100% confirmation that from July 1st there is a ‘No Covid quarantine waver in Phuket’ then a red light it stays from us.
No Covid quarantine in Phuket from July 1st 2021?
Wednesday 31st March 2021.: You may have been reading news article reports about there being “No Covid quarantine in Phuket from July 1st 2021”, but hold on people. If the Thai Embassy in the UK has NOT been advised by the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs that this will be the case on July 1st then it’s pinch of salt time.
We were also going to post this news update but we held back until the Thai Embassy in the UK got back to us, and I quote: “For the time being, we are not able to confirm this. We have not been advised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that this will be the case on July 1”. This email arrived two hours ago (3.30PM GMT).
We are not saying that the Covid quarantine waver in Phuket from July 1st 2021 will not happen, but until the Thai Embassy, and not some so say trusted source, lets us know then I know who we are going to listen to.
Best bet before you all rush to book flights, Hotels and visas is to hold back until the green light, from the ‘Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ has been given.
We have a full report and a detailed breakdown on how to plan your trip to Phuket, and then beyond. It includes full details of getting a ‘Visa Exemption’. As you may know the VOA, or ‘Visa On Arrival’ has been suspended. The ‘Visa Exemption’ just means passengers arriving at Phuket Airport MUST simply show their onward or departure tickets and be able to show travellers checks (Old school) or cash equivalent to 10,000 Baht per person (approx. £250).
VOA =: You apply and get your visa to enter the country at the airport when you arrive. Visa on Arrival is currently suspended.
Visa Exemption =: You do not need a visa at all if you are a British passport holder (and 54 other countries). You are currently allowed to enter, and stay in Thailand for 45 days on this scheme.
More on all this later. As soon as we hear we will let you all know.
Maybe a Covid vaccine passport is on the cards for Phuket and Thailand
Friday 5 March 2021.: The Tourism and Sports Ministry has asked the Public Health Ministry for approval to launch a vaccine passport system in a bid to kick-start the tourism industry this year.
Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said adopting a vaccine passport or a similar method of enabling foreign tourists to skip quarantine would guarantee at least 5 million foreign visitors to Thailand in 2021.
He said the government was waiting for a World Health Organization (WHO) announcement on vaccine passports before issuing the measure, adding that the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) was also discussing a 14-day quarantine that would allow foreign tourists to leave their hotel rooms after just three days of self-isolation.
The “area quarantine” has already been tested in Phuket with the arrival on Feb 21 of Phuket’s first ‘travel bubble’ tourists, who observed a 14-day ‘villa quarantine’ at a Villa resort on the island’s east coast of Phuket.
To date Thailand has recorded 83 deaths and over 26,000 cases of Covid-19.
To put this in perspective:
* As of June, 2020, the death toll from car crashes, at the scene of the incident, in Thailand stood at 6,120 for the year. Yes, 6,120, and that’s ‘at the sceane’!
* Then there’s the big C (Breast, cervix, colorectal, liver and lung cancers). Since 2018 there have been over 100,000 deaths in Thailand.
* Most people seem to have forgotten about this next killer. In 2019 an estimated 470,000 people were living with HIV, and 14,000 people died of AIDS-related illnesses.
* Lastely, in this list anyway, Stroke is the leading cause of death and disability in Thailand. It is estimated that there are more than 250,000 new stroke cases each year, and Stroke claims approximately 50,000 lives annually in Thailand.
We could go on but it makes you wondering how the world, and Thailand, shut down due to Covid when there’s a long list of ever increasing illnesses and diseases massively out ranking Covid deaths, and still no cure, when it took under a year to find a vacine for Coronavirus. Food for thought.
As far as getting into Thailand as a tourist. To date still all travelers who wish to enter Thailand need to obtain a ‘Certificate of Entry’, and are stil subject to a 14-day quarantine at a state-approved facility.
That’s all folks, for now.
Phuket & Thailand Coronavirus Updated January 03, 2021
As the world, including Thailand, shudders by the new Coronavirus strain it goes without saying that even Phuket and Thailand, with its impeccable almost year long flat-line of cases, has seen the times are a changing since late December.
Sadly as of Sun, 3 Jan 2021, 09:41 GMT-5 there has been a 18.9% rise in confirmed Covid-19 cases in Thailand, 279 of them being from yesterday the 2nd of January.
To contain the spread, the CCSA will step up control in the red zone (28 provinces), orange zone (11) and yellow zone (38).
For the red zone, maximum control will be imposed in two phases as needed. The first phase, from Jan 4 to Feb 1, involves restricting opening hours of places, closing establishments at risk of spreading the disease, cracking down on illegal assembling, minimizing gatherings, seeking cooperation from people to not leave the provinces, closing schools and educational institutions or reintroducing online learning, and encouraging people to work from home. In addition, more measures will apply to people leaving the red area and active case finding will be conducted.
Coronavirus Red zones in Thailand
The 28 Red Zone provinces in Thailand are: Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chanthaburi, Chachoengsao, Chumpon, Chon Buri, Trat, Tak, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Prachin Buri, Ayutthaya, Phetchaburi, Ratchaburi, Ranong, Rayong, Lop Buri, Sing Buri, Samut Prakan, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Suphan Buri, Sa Kaew, Saraburi and Ang Thong.
The second phase, if needed, intensifies the measures such as more restrictions on operating hours of establishments, more closures, a requirement for work from home and more active case finding, the CCSA said.
Unfortunately all the good work and hopes to attract tourists, long term and short, are all up in the air again. It’s a case of ‘watch this space’.
Phuket & Thailand Covid-19 Updated December 04, 2020
Not a lot has changed since our last Coronavirus / Covid-19 update for Phuket & Thailand, as far as the two week holiday tourists arriving anyway, but if you really want to get-a-way or pack up and go then why not go for a STV tourist visa, which lasts for 3, 6 or 9 months. Or if you are over 50 then why not a retirment visa, which will allow you to stay in Phuket or Thailand for a period of 1 year (12 months), and it can be renewed annually. If you own, or want to own, a property anywhere in Thailand then you can apply for non-B visa and the Certificate of Entry to go to Thailand. There are ways 🙂
Thailand New Covid-19 Case Infections
Thaiiland ingeneral reported 13 new COVID-19 infections (returning Thai/foreign nationals, which brings the total number of cases to 4,039. Out of the 4,039 cases. There are 3,832 recoveries, 60 deaths, and 147 cases currently undergoing treatment.
Phuket & Thailand Covid-19 Retirement & Long Term Tourist Visas
A) On November 18, 2020 the Thai Embassy in the USA and UK announced that Non Immigrant O retirement visa holders may now apply for Certificate of Entry and permitted to enter Thailand.
B) On November 18, 2020 the Thai Embassy in the USA and UK has removed the 500,000 THB financial requirement for the 60-day tourist (TR) visa.
C) Starting on October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021 Thailand will allow limited numbers of long stay foreign tourists under the Special Tourist Visa (STV) Program. This long stay visa is open to foreign nationals travelling to Thailand with the intention to stay long term as tourist to boost the tourism industry.
D) Other foreigners to be allowed to enter Thailand will comprise of diplomats and foreign workers including their families, business representatives and experts invited by the government, permanent residents, foreigners with Thai families, students and their guardians, medical tourists and their attendants, business visa holders, Thai Elite Visa holders, APEC Card holders, special tourist visa (STV) and tourist visa (TRV) holders, non-immigrant OA and OX holders and migrant workers with official documents. To find out more go to or contact the Thai Embassy in your Country.
Phuket & Thailand STV Tourist Visa
Like myself if you have ever lived full time on Phuket or in Thailand using a tourist visa it’s a real pain having to do visa trips every 3 month, or even by the month if you did not get a 3 month tourist visa from the Thai Embassy in your own Country or in near-by Singapore or Malaysia etc.
Due to the current Corona virus / Covid-19 the Thai goverment have been pretty smart to allow long staying guests a tourist visa, but with the added bonus of renewing the visa inside Thailand, meaning no visa trip.
The STV Visa cost will be: 2000 baht. Visa Length: 90 days. The visa can be renewed two times just before expiry, making the total length of stay possible for up to 270 days! Great news 🙂
Phuket and Thailand Retirement Visa
A Thai retirement visa will allow you to stay in Thailand for a period of 1 year (12 months), and it can be renewed annually. There are no limitations on the amount of times you can renew a Thai retirement visa as long as you continue to meet all the visa requirements.
You must fulfill the financial requirements: A security deposit of 800,000 Thai Baht in a bank account in Thailand for 2 months before the visa application. A monthly income of 65,000 Thai Baht. A combination of the security deposit and annual income of 800,000 Thai Baht.
In my view, and due to the costs involved, anyone considering a Thai retirement visa should go for a STV tourist visa 1st and either see how life goes or if you still want a retirement visa then to sort it out once you are there.
If you need a break, got time on your hands, or can work from anywhere then look into getting a retirement or long term tourist visa for Phuket or Thailand and spend 3, 6 or 9 months chilling in the sun!
Phuket Property Offers
If you are thinking of buying Phuket property to retire, as an investment, to lease long term, or even for a second home we suggest you check out our property example offers below. All visa help, be it tourist, retirement or business, and legal assistance is included in our service!
Older Covid-19 Updates for Phuket and Thailand
Wednesday 23rd September, 2020 (Covid-19 Update): People who like to live long term in Thailand will be happy to hear that long stay tourist visas will soon be available on Phuket and Thailand.
On 15 September, the Thai Cabinet approved a proposal to issue long stay tourist visas. These Special Tourist Visas will allow visitors to stay for 90 days, and the visa can be extended twice, which comes to a total of 270 days in Thailand.
It is currently unclear if the extentions can be done in any immigration office in Thailand, unlike the normal visa trips after 3 months where tourists must go to a Thai Embassy outside of Thailand, but due to the virus it just makes sense that the extention can be extended locally.
International tourist long term arrivals will have to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days, must show evidence of a confirmed accommodation booking, and agree to comply with measures set by the Ministry of Public Health.
No official date is available at this stage, but this could begin in October. The visa will be open to foreign nationals traveling from countries with low or no local COVID-19 transmission.
Anyone who is eligible must contact their local Thai Embassy in their current location for more information.
Sunday 23rd August, 2020 (Covid-19 Update): Thai authorities will extend the country’s state of emergency until August 31, in efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), despite having no confirmed reports of locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in two months. The decree, originally imposed on March 26 and due to expire on July 31, has been extended four times and has led to criticism of the government sparking protests nationwide. Authorities have stated the emergency decree is still required in order to reopen the country to foreigners. The decree allows the Thai government to limit people’s rights, such as banning public gatherings and limiting access to ‘high-risk areas’. Additional restrictions and measures remain in place nationwide amid the ongoing pandemic.
In another report it states that Thailand will allow foreign tourists to visit for longer stays (over 30 days) from October, a senior official said on Friday, as the government tries to revive a key economic sector that has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. Tourists will have to stay for at least 30 days, with the first 14 days in quarantine in a limited vicinity of their hotel, before they can visit other areas, Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn suggested.
Following the above report the Deputy governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, predicted that the country’s borders would not reopen to tourists until 2021. He added: “The Christmas period, usually the high season, is in jeopardy and I’m looking horribly even to Chinese New Year in February.
Tuesday 21st July, 2020 (Covid-19 Update): Since the last Corona virus update for Phuket and Thailand nothing has really changed, as far as Tourists being allowed to re-enter.
The three-phase plan for reopening up to Tourists seems to remain the same. Saying this many seem to think that September, not August, or even beyond, could be the month for Tourists to consider planning to book flights etc, but even this is not 100%. So, if you are a tourist waiting to travel to Thailand you’ll just have to wait and see.
While your waiting be aware of the possible requirements for entry when Phuket & Thailand does re-open its doors to Tourists. Will you require a ‘fit-to-fly health certificate’, a negative COVID-19 test certificate, insurance that covers COVID-19 medical examination and treatment, undergo 14 days of quarantine, or even to download the Thailand Covid-19 tracing app, which is not in English. We simply do not know yet. It all depends what happens in the coming weeks and months. Stay turned!
Latest Report: The ‘Phuket Disease Committee’ informed that as of 12 July 2020, Phuket Province has not found any new infections for 50 consecutive days. From 5 January – 12 July 2020, Phuket Province has infected Confirmed 227 cases of covid-19 disease, 223 home treatment were lost, 3 deaths.
Reported July 1, 2020. Announcing the relaxation measures for phase 5, all schools under the semester return to normal service under specified conditions. Department stores, shopping malls, community malls open up to 10 pm, convenience stores can be opened 24 hours, while pubs, bars and karaoke cafes are open no later than 24.00. Covid-19 conditions apply.
There are plans to open tourism, allowing 5 countries to enter Thailand, including China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong around August 2020, with measures to accommodate international travelers consisting of target groups only.
Monday 29th June, 2020 (Covid-19 Update): On June 25, 2020 the Government of Thailand approved a ‘draft Plan‘ for relaxed measures for foreigners entering Phuket and Thailand, which could see the reopening of international tourism as of August 1, 2020, and not July as many papers are reporting. To add to this All businesses and activities, which were suspended to control the spread of corona virus disease, will be allowed to resume on July 1st – including entertainment venues and “soapy massage” parlours, but rules will apply. This draft plan is supposed to be agreed, and probably altered, today, the 29th. Time will tell.
Unfortunately without the tourist invasion, that most locals are hoping for, and expecting, the above mentioned draft plan will not really effect, or help the hospitality sector on Phuket, and all Thailand, until after the 1st of August, which is when the borders will be ‘hopefully’ open to all tourists coming in by air or over the land borders such as Cambodia, Burma and Malaysia.
We are waiting now to hear, and not to speculate, of the concrete draft, so hold on to your whatever. The madness, not meaning the virus, is coming soon 🙂
Sunday 14th June, 2020: A Chinese wife of the Italian engineer in Cherng Talay, who was reported on Saturday, confirmed as infected with COVID-19, and has become Phuket’s latest case reported as confirmed infected with the virus.
The woman travelled back from Shanghai, China, in the middle of March. She lived in Cherng Talay with her three children, ages 7, 10 and 15, who have all tested negative for the virus at a private hospital was all Phuket officials would report.
The total number of people in Phuket recognised by officials as infected with COVID-19 since the outbreak began today (May 25) climbed to 227.
The report today notes as follows:
New cases: 1
Total infected: 227
People deemed ‘at risk’ checked: 13,286 (+18 on the 13th of June, 2020) Persons Under Investigation: 12,416 (+37)
Waiting for test results: 9 (-19)
Receiving hospital treatment: 0 (no change)
This report is marked as accurate as of 24:00hrs June 13th. It has now been 20 days since the last case was confirmed in Phuket, except for yesterday.
Thailand travel restrictions: An emergency decree is in place in Thailand until 30 June. Unless you meet certain requirements, all foreign nationals will now be denied entry to Thailand. All inbound international flights are suspended until 30 June. All land and sea borders are closed until 30 June.
Monday 13th April 2020:To contain the rising number of coronavirus cases, the land and sea borders on the island of Phuket have shut, and a nationwide curfew is in place at night. Usually packed tourist streets are deserted and closed off. Shops and restaurants are shuttered, aside from a few offering limited takeaway services. “It’s a very big impact here now, the biggest ever to happen in Phuket. Much worse than the Tsunami, because you know the end of the tsunami but we don’t know the end of the COVID-19,” says Sarayuth Mallam, president of the Tourism Council of Phuket.
Wednesday 25 March 2020: Thailand have blocked almost 100 travellers from entering Thailand, with 73 of them being deported for not having enough special documents to meet special immigration measures to combat the COVID-19 disease.
If you are thinking of going to Thailand read on: To enter Thailand, both Thai and foreigner travellers need to show, or it’s better to have as many of the below documents as you can:
1. Health certificates and related health insurance coverage.
2. Documents to guarantee their whereabouts within Thailand to ensure they are “fit-to-fly”.
3. Foreigners must show medical certificates with lab results stating they have tested negative for COVID-19 while Thais must have received approval from doctors to be healthy to travel. If you have NOT had the test we suggest you do NOT fly to Thailand!
4. The documents MUST be issued within 72 hours before flights depart, either to or from Thailand.
5. Other documents include certification from Thai embassies (for Thai nationals) and details of where they will stay under the 14-day self-isolation requirement upon their return to Thailand.
The above are suggestions according to Dr Kajornsak Kaewcharat, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control within Thailand.
UPDATE (24/03/202): Thailand confirms 122 new coronavirus cases (Total at 721) and 3 more deaths. Phuket today reported 9 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus on the southern resort island of Phuket, bringing the total to 26, up from 17 yesterday.
Thialand has now enforce shop closures, but supermarkets will stay open. Five provinces neighbouring the Thai capital are now following suit and ordering the temporary closure of some shops and stores from today up to April 12. The five provinces are Samut Prakarn, Samut Sakhon, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi and Pathumthani. The efforts are designed to slow the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in and around Greater Bangkok.