Samui Plus Sandbox Program

The Samui Plus Plan, similar to the “Phuket Sandbox,” is a new model to allow foreign travelers who are fully vaccinated to enter Thailand without quarantine. Koh Samui, together with Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, served as the specified route to travel.


As of recently, Koh Samui will switch from their “Samui Plus Model” to the looser “sandbox” program from October 1.

Under the previous plan, tourists were required to stay 14 nights on the islands to travel elsewhere in the country. For the first 3 days, visitors had to stay at the property of their Samui Plus hotel. From days 4 to 7, travel was permitted only along “sealed routes” and approved destinations.

Then, from days 8 to 14, they were free to travel throughout Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, or Ko Tao. On day 15, they could leave Samui and go anywhere in Thailand.

Under the new program, tourists need just one day in any hotel certified with the SHA Plus standard while waiting for their RT-PCR test result. They can also roam the three islands freely without a mandatory sealed route, which is more relaxed than the existing rules. 

Who is Eligible to join the Samui Plus Model?

✓ Fully vaccinated travelers aged 18 and over, traveling from medium/low risk countries (must be fully vaccinated for more than 14 days before departure date). For the list of eligible countries: Click Here

✓ Anyone who has been in a medium/low risk country for at least 21 days before departure (whether or not they are from the country).

✓ Unvaccinated children under 18 years old, traveling with their parents (but are required to take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours before traveling to Thailand).

The basic requirements before departure include:

✓ A passport with at least six months validity.

✓ Proof of confirmation of a roundtrip flight to and from Thailand.

✓ Proof of being fully vaccinated.

✓ Proof of confirmation of  booking at a Samui Extra Plus andSHA Plus hotel, and required RT-PCR test(s) while staying at the hotel. For a list of SHA+ Accredited Hotels: Click Here

✓ COVID-19 health insurance with a minimum coverage of USD100,000 (85,000 euros).

✓ Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by the Thai Embassy/Consulate in your country of

✓ Medical certificate showing a negative result on an RT-PCR test (issued no more than 72 hours before departure).

For more information and updates: Click Here