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!


 

Test & Go in Phuket: Hotels & DIY Package

Thailand is welcoming fully vaccinated tourists without quarantine under Test & Go scheme. If you are planning a trip to Phuket, you need the package including 1-night stay at Phuket Test & Go hotel, COVID-19 test and transportation. Test & Go package in Phuket can be easily arranged by yourself!

Phuket was the first holiday destinations in Thailand to reopen to international travelers with Phuket Sandbox. After the latest changes, you can also come to Phuket under Test & Go program with a requirement to spend only one night in the hotel waiting for a negative result of RT-PCR COVID-19 test made on the day of arrival (only 1 test is needed for arrivals from 1 March 2022).

Here’s the step-by-step guide on how to enter Phuket under Test & Go scheme by easily arranging your DIY Phuket Test & Go package with hotel, test and transportation.

Step 1: Check if you are eligible

Who can join Test & Go program in Phuket?

  • Fully vaccinated travelers with an approved vaccine no less than 14 days before entering Thailand.
  • Those previously infected within 3 months must have received 1 dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travel and a medical certificate or letter confirming their recovery from the infection.
  • Travelers under 12 years of age, travelling with parents or guardians, are exempt from the vaccination requirement.

For using Test & Go in Phuket you need to travel by international flight to Phuket International Airport from any country in the world or use one of Sealed-route Flights from Bangkok to Phuket.

Step 2: Book SHA++ certified Test & Go hotel in Phuket

Despite the fact that there is no quarantine requirement, tourists arriving to Phuket under Test & Go program are restricted to stay for 1 night on the day of arrival at accommodation that has received SHA++ certificate to wait for COVID-19 test result. For COVID-19 control purposes, staying in a private residence or apartment is still not allowed.

Test & Go hotels in Phuket

The list of certified Phuket Test & Go hotels can be found here: SHA Extra Plus Hotels in Phuket.

We also have a list of Test & Go Hotels in Phuket separated by popular tourist areas to make finding a suitable hotel easier:

Patong Beach Hotels

Kata Beach Hotels

Karon Beach Hotels

Kamala Beach Hotels

Bang Tao Beach Hotels

Mai Khao Beach Hotels

Panwa Beach Hotels

Nai Yang Beach Hotels

Rawai Beach Hotels

Nai Harn Beach Hotels

Surin Beach Hotels

Nai Thon Beach Hotels

Phuket Town Hotels

Chalong Hotels

You can easily book SHA++ certified Phuket Test & Go Hotels via OTA (such as Booking.comAgoda.com), travel agencies or directly with certified hotels. The booking of SHA++ hotel can be longer than the mandatory 1 night. You will need prepaid hotel booking confirmation to apply for Thailand Pass.

Some of the best rated Test & Go Hotels in Phuket

Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach: a 5-star luxury resort overlooking the Andaman Sea in Phuket. Set amongst forested mountains and lush, tropical landscaped gardens, serenity awaits at Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach.

DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort is set in the heart of Patong, opposite the sandy beach and turquoise water of the Andaman Sea. All rooms come with a private balcony or terrace overlooking the pool and tropical green garden.

Paripas Patong Resort: Located less than a 5-minute walk from Patong Beach, the hotel features two outdoor pools, a sun terrace and a fitness center. Rooms at this SHA Plus certified hotel come with a balcony with city or mountain views.

Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach Resort: The resort has 277 contemporary rooms and pool villas complimented by 3 eateries including an Italian restaurant and deli for a casual treat.

Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort: The resort's 416 rooms and 54 luxury suites blend the creative and the elemental with authentic Thai accents against a soothing tropical setting.

Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach 

Step 3: Book your COVID-19 test

Test & Go program requires you to take RT-PCR COVID-19 test on the day of arrival. When using Test & Go in Phuket, Phang Nga or Krabi province, you need to book and prepay the mandatory COVID-19 test via PSAS System. You are responsible for test fees and the cost of the mandatory COVID-19 test currently is 2,100 THB. The proof of payment for RT-PCR test must be submitted when applying for Thailand Pass.

All international arrivals in Phuket must take a RT-PCR COVID-19 test at Phuket International Airport (HKT). After taking a test you need to go directly to your pre-booked Test & Go hotel and remain in your hotel room until a negative result will be received.

Detailed guide for booking the mandatory COVID-19 test in Phuket can be found here: How to Book COVID Test for Phuket Test & Go / Sandbox.

How to Book Covid Test for Phuket Test & Go / Sandbox

Step 4: Book SHA+ transportation

To get from Phuket International Airport to your Test & Go hotel, you must use SHA+ certified transportation. While some embassies mention that it is necessary to book airport transfer with your SHA++ hotel, our readers report that the confirmation of separately booked transportation from Phuket Airport to the hotel was also accepted.

SHA+ certified transportation for your transfer from the airport to Test & Go hotel can be conveniently booked online here: SHA+ certified transfers in Phuket. Airport transfer booking confirmation should be uploaded when applying for Thailand Pass.

Once you exit Phuket International Airport, you will be guided to the pick-up area and the driver will take you to the hotel. You cannot leave the airport otherwise nor stop anywhere on the way.

Step 5: Buy insurance 

All foreigners need to provide health insurance with a minimum treatment coverage of 20,000 USD (reduced from 50,000 USD starting from 1 March 2022) or equivalent in other currency. The insurance must cover the total duration of your stay in Thailand.

It is advisable to choose insurance that covers the asymptomatic cases (AXA’s Sawasdee Thailand travel insurance does that!).

Step 6: Book a flight to Phuket

To enter Phuket under Test & Go scheme, you need to book an international flight to Phuket International Airport (HKT). You can transit through other countries, for example, through Doha, Singapore or Dubai. However, the travel time should be calculated for the PCR test to be valid (no more than 72 hours).

Starting from 1 February 2022, Bangkok Airways introduced 2 special sealed-route flights from Bangkok to Phuket (PG5275 and PG5279).

For more details about international flights to Phuket check here: International Flights to Phuket.

Step 7: Register for Thailand Pass

To travel to Thailand, including Phuket, registration in a new system called Thailand Pass is mandatory. It replaced the previous COE (Certificate of Entry) and starting from 1 November 2021 everyone must register for Thailand Pass online by providing the requested information and uploading the required documents.

  • Passport
  • Thai Visa (if required)
  • Official vaccine certificate (or other official document to certify full vaccination), which certifies that you had received all required doses of vaccine no less than 14 days before departure
  • A confirmed reservation for Day 1 stay at SHA++ certified hotel
  • A confirmed payment for RT-PCR COVID-19 test
  • An insurance policy with coverage no less than 20,000 USD

Thai authorities advise to apply for Thailand Pass at least 7 business days prior to departure as the “Thailand Pass” will be approved by the central authorities in Thailand and NOT the Royal Thailand Embassy. The Department of Disease Control of Thailand will consider all vaccine certificates, paid-accommodation, and passports. Once approved, you will receive a “Thailand Pass QR Code” to enter Thailand.

Based on experience of many travelers, a QR code can be received within a minute if you are a lucky one or few days if you are not, so you should allow sufficient time for approval.

For more information about Thailand Pass read: Thailand Pass: How to register for entering Thailand.

Step 8: Have RT-PCR test before departure

Before departing to Phuket, you are required to have Medical Certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected and it must be issued no more than 72 hours before your departure. (not required from 1 April 2022)


Test & Go Packages in Krabi

The above guide can be used for arranging your Test & Go package in Krabi province as the COVID-19 test booking system is the same as used for Phuket. You can book your mandatory COVID-19 tests if arriving to Krabi via Phuket International Airport or Krabi International Airport.

You just need to book one night at SHA++ certified Test & Go hotel in Krabi. Test & Go hotels in Krabi province are listed here:

Krabi SHA Extra Plus Hotels

Ao Nang SHA Extra Plus Hotels

Koh Phi Phi SHA Extra Plus Hotels

Railay Beach SHA Extra Plus Hotels

Koh Lanta SHA Extra Plus Hotels

Krabi Town SHA Extra Plus Hotels

Koh Ngai SHA Extra Plus Hotels

SHA Extra Plus Hotels in Other Areas

 

SHA+ certified transportation for the transfer from Phuket Airport or Krabi Airport to Test & Go hotel in Krabi also needs to be arranged. You can arrange it with your hotel by submitting a special request or book suitable transportation online here: SHA+ certified transfers from Phuket to Krabi.


Test & Go Packages in Khao Lak / Phang Nga

The above guide can be used for arranging your Test & Go package in Khao Lak or other destinations in Phang Nga province as the COVID-19 test booking system is the same as used for Phuket.

You just need to book at one night at SHA++ certified Test & Go hotel in Khao Lak / Phang Nga. Test & Go hotels in Phang Nga province are listed here:

Phang Nga SHA Extra Plus Hotels

Khao Lak SHA Extra Plus Hotels

Koh Yao Yai SHA Extra Plus Hotels

Koh Yao Noi SHA Extra Plus Hotels

SHA Extra Plus Hotels in Other Areas

SHA+ certified transportation for the transfer from Phuket International Airport to Test & Go hotel in Khao Lak also needs to be arranged. You can arrange it with your hotel by submitting a special request or book suitable transportation online here: SHA+ certified transfers from Phuket to Khao Lak.


Further Updates on Thailand Reopening

Regarding further reopening of Thailand, we would recommend contacting your local Thai embassy before making any plans or reservations.

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