Update 20 June 2022! Thailand entry rules will be updated from 1 July 2022. The requirement of Thailand Pass application and having COVID Insurance for 10,000 USD will be removed for travelers arriving in Thailand from 1 July 2022!


Phuket Sandbox Flights: International Flights to Phuket

Several airlines are operating flights from major cities to Phuket International Airport (HKT) since Phuket reopened its doors to international tourists who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 without the mandatory quarantine under Phuket Sandbox scheme.

Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and an attractive tourist destination for travelers around the world. This resort island is finally allowing foreign travelers to visit it when arriving by air, but there are still significant restrictions.

As per Phuket Sandbox conditions, you are eligible to fly to Phuket and get an exemption from quarantine if you have been fully vaccinated. Instead of being quarantined at the AQ hotel, you are allowed to roam the entire island. However, you must stay at SHA Plus Hotels on the island before traveling to other areas of Thailand.

Phuket Sandbox Flights

The list of international flights to Phuket as of September 2021 is the following:

1. Singapore Airlines

Flight: SQ726
Route: Singapore (SIN) - Phuket (HKT)
Schedule (local time): 08:20 - 9:25
Flight Days: Daily

Flight: SQ738
Route: Singapore (SIN) - Phuket (HKT)
Schedule (local time): 17:20 - 18:10
Flight Days: Daily

2. Etihad Airways

Flight: EY430
Route: Abu Dhabi (AUH) - Phuket (HKT)
Schedule (local time): 01:05 - 10:20
Flight Days: THU, FRI, SUN

3. EL Al Airlines

Flight: LY087
Route: Tel Aviv (AUH) - Phuket (HKT)
Schedule (local time): 22:45 - 13:45
Flight Days: THU, WED, FRI, SUN

4. Emirates Airlines

Flight: EK378
Route: Dubai (DXB) - Phuket (HKT)
Schedule (local time): 03:00 - 12:30
Flight Days: TUE, THU, FRI, SAT

5. Qatar Airways

Flight: QR840
Route: Doha (DOH) - Phuket (HKT)
Schedule (local time): 02:30 - 13:30
Flight Days: Daily


6. THAI Airways

Flight: TG973
Route: Zurich (ZRH) - Phuket (HKT)
Schedule (local time): 13:30 - 05:55
Flight Days: SUN

Flight: TG917
Route: London (LHR) - Phuket (HKT)
Schedule (local time): 12:30 – 06:10
Flight Days: SUN

Flight: TG923
Route: Frankfurt (FRA) - Phuket (HKT)
Schedule (local time): 14:45 – 07:10
Flight Days: SAT

Flight: TG933
Route: Charles de Gaulle (CDG) - Phuket (HKT)
Schedule (local time): 15:50 - 08:00
Flight Days: SAT

Flight: TG922
Route: Suvarnabhumi (BKK) - Phuket (HKT)
Schedule (local time): 19:55 - 21:25
Flight Days: THU

Flight: TG916
Route: Suvarnabhumi (BKK) - Phuket (HKT)
Schedule (local time): 21:10 - 22:40
Flight Days: FRI

7. Cathay Pacific

Flight: CX771
Route: Chek Lap Kok (HKG) - Phuket (HKT)
Schedule (local time): 08:30 – 11:00
Flight Days: TUE

8. Jetstar Asia Airways

Flight: 3K535
Route: Singapore (SIN) - Phuket (HKT)
Schedule (local time): 11:15 - 12:15
Flight Days: SUN

Flight: 3K537
Route: Singapore (SIN) - Phuket (HKT)
Schedule (local time): 19:40 - 20:40
Flight Days: FRI

9. Scoot Tigerair

Flight: TR652
Route: Singapore (SIN) - Phuket (HKT)
Schedule (local time): 17:15 - 18:05
Flight Days: TUE, FRI, SAT

Phuket Sandbox Flights

If you wish to travel to Thailand on one of the above-mentioned flights, you need to contact the airlines directly to see if they can accommodate you. There should be more airlines adding flights to Phuket later, so check the airline websites to confirm about Phuket Sandbox flight availability and for the most up to date information.

Important Note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in Thailand with a new wave of COVID19 infections, we recommend you to closely monitor the flight schedule of airlines operating flights to Phuket as some flights might get cancelled!

How to Transit from Bangkok to Phuket?

In normal times, most domestic airlines operated multiple flights per day between Phuket and Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai and other main destinations in Thailand.

However, currently all travelers from abroad must travel on direct international flights to Phuket. Transiting via Bangkok might be possible in the future when Thailand gradually reopens more pilot destinations to fully vaccinated international travelers.

Book Flights to Phuket

It is recommended to book flights to Phuket directly with the airlines. The cost of tickets to Phuket depends on the season, the city of departure, the airline and the availability of seats. You should check for flight tickets and book them well in advance as you need to prepare all supporting documents before your departure date.

Thailand Pass

All travelers to Phuket must obtain the Thailand Pass. You should also carefully check all the details about entry requirements and mandatory documents for entering Thailand via Phuket Sandbox.

Phuket Sandbox Hotels

SHA Plus Hotels in Phuket

To ensure safety, vaccinated travelers need to stay at SHA Plus certified hotels in Phuket, as SHA Plus certification guarantees that the services of the hotel meet the safety measures to control COVID-19, and at least 70% of their workforce has been fully vaccinated.

Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort

Some of the best rated Phuket SHA Plus hotels:

  • Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort - Located in Patong Beach, a few steps from Patong Beach, this resort features accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. 
  • Baan Laimai Beach Resort & Spa - This resort occupies a prime position in Patong’s shopping district, steps from popular Patong Beach. It features a large lagoon pool with pool bar and 3 dining options. 
  • Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel - Housed in a charming colonial building, a stroll from Phuket Old Town, this boutique Hotel offers beautiful boutique accommodations with private balcony and views.

The full list of SHA Plus certified hotels can be found here: Phuket Sandbox Hotels.

Quarantine Hotels in Phuket

Unvaccinated passengers arriving at Phuket International Airport need to book a place to be quarantined at one of Phuket Alternative Quarantine (AQ) Hotels.

What you need to present at airlines check-in counter and upon arrival in Thailand?

Please note that having plane tickets does not guarantee entry to Thailand, as travelers must have all the required documents to enter Thailand. You need to provide the following documents at the check-in counter:

  1. Thailand Pass for Phuket Sandbox
  2. Confirmation of SHA Plus hotel or quarantine facility booking
  3. Confirmation of paid RT-PCR tests
  4. COVID-19-Free Health Certificate, with a laboratory output indicating that COVID-19 is not detected (COVID test must be done by RT-PCR method), issued within 72 hours before departure (other kinds of test are not accepted)
  5. Health Insurance Policy with the coverage of medical treatment in Thailand, in the minimum amount of 50,000 USD or equivalent. You can find more information here: COVID-19 Insurance for Traveling to Thailand
  6. Visa / re-entry permit or to be eligible for Visa Exemption
  7. T8 Form Health Questionnaire

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