Phuket Sandbox

Phuket Sandbox and diving

Important information:

We would like to share the following information, rules and regulations for day trips.

  1. We require the following details when booking:
    - Full name, date of birth and passport or ID card number
    - Covid vaccination certificate or
    - Negative RT-PCR test or
    - Negative antigen rapid test up to a maximum of 7 days old.

  2. Download and activate the Morchana app on your phone or mobile device to log in at Chalong Pier (this is required of all customers and staff to board the boat).

  3. It is recommended to bring your passport or ID card with you on a day trip if you have any questions about arrival time.

  4. The maximum number of staff and customers is set at 30 people / boat.

  5. At the moment, guests on the Phuket Sandbox project and foreign / local tourists can be mixed in the trips, so please let us know when booking whether you are under the Sandbox project or local (Thai or foreign).

  6. Dive sites:
    If there are guests on board from the Phuket Sandbox project, the boat is only allowed to go to the following destinations:
    - Racha Noi & Yai
    - Maithon
    - Coral Island
    – Koh Dok Mai

    If the boat has guests only from local areas, the boat is also allowed to go to the following destinations:
    – King Cruiser-wreck
    – Shark Point
    – Anemonereef

Update that will take effect on July 25 2021 onwards:

If a diving trip is organised to destinations outside Phuket Province (King Cruiser, Anemonereef, Phi Phi destinations), participants must have the following certificates:
-Vaccination certificate (either two Sinovac vaccinations or one Astra Zeneca, Modena, Pfizer, etc.) 
-Negative corona test up to 72 hours old (Antigen or PRC)

Phuket Sandbox in general

The information below is based on existing information as of July 1, 2021. Please note that information is subject to change at any time without notice, and we are not responsible for any errors in our information. We ask that you provide the latest information from the Thai Embassy and / or local authorities.

Pre-arrival

  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.

    – Todistus COVID-19-rokotuksesta MoPH: n tai Maailman terveysjärjestön (WHO) hyväksymällä rokotteella vähintään 14 päivää ennen heidän matkustuspäiväänsä. Alle 18-vuotiailla matkustajilla, jotka matkustavat vanhempiensa tai huoltajiensa kanssa, on oltava lääkärintodistus laboratoriotuloksesta RT-PRC-menetelmällä, joka osoittaa, että COVID-19: ää ei ole havaittu enempää kuin 72 tuntia ennen heidän matkustuspäiväänsä.

  3. Travellers must undergo exit screening before departure.

Arrival to Phuket

  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 Link to TAT webpage

  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:
    a) 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.
    b) 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.

  7. Travellers who have completed 14 nights in Phuket will be allowed to continue their journey to other Thai destinations.
    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.

While in Phuket:

  1. You can go anywhere in Phuket, BUT you must strictly follow the DMHTTA precautions: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, T – Testing for COVID-19, and A – alert application.

  2. Masks must be worn at all times in public areas and in any vehicle with two or more people travelling.

  3. Travellers are required to undergo additional COVID-19 tests, using an RT-PCR method during their stay as per the following requirements:
    a) 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.
    b) 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.

  4. A local or foreigner already staying in Thailand may join the passenger in the accommodation, provided that this person meets the hotel's requirements. 

  5. It is mandatory that a ‘SHA Plus’ accommodation establishment is used in Phuket. Residing in a private residence is not allowed for COVID-19 control purposes.

Covid-19 infected:

  1. Any person experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms must immediately get a test done.

  2. If the person is travelling in a group, every person in the group must undergo a test.

  3. In the case a traveller tests positive for COVID-19 in Thailand, he/she will be responsible for the medical expenses, which must be covered by the required insurance.

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