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Everything you need to know about the July 1st Phuket Sandbox 

After nearly 18 months of restrictions on individuals being able to enter Thailand, the government has announced that it will reopen some of the country’s borders on July 1st, 2021 using a model they named “Phuket Sandbox”.

Essentially this allows for international travelers to enter Phuket, via sea or by air, and visit anywhere on the 543 km² island freely, without the need for a 14 day isolated quarantine inside a hotel room.

For the most up-to-date information about the Phuket Sandbox, visit Tourism Authority of Thailand News and Tourism Authority of Thailand Facebook

How great does that sound?

After nearly 18 months of restrictions on individuals being able to enter Thailand, the government has announced that it will reopen some of the country’s borders on July 1st, 2021 using a model they named “Phuket Sandbox”.

Essentially this allows for international travelers to enter Phuket, via sea or by air, and visit anywhere on the 543 km² island freely, without the need for a 14 day isolated quarantine inside a hotel room.

How great does that sound?

There are a number of key requirements that must be met in order for you to enter the province which are designed to keep both travelers and locals safe, however this announcement does mean you are once again able to fly into Phuket (or Bangkok in some situations) and begin your training session right away!

The entire Galileo Maritime Academy team is fully vaccinated, and we are more than ready to welcome back all of the professional seafarers and career entry students who are eager to attend the safety, security, first aid, firefighting, engineering and cabin service courses that are running each and every month.

Galileo Maritime Academy remains the only MCA accredited training facility in South East Asia approved to deliver 20 STCW courses along with a whole range of additional training options you can choose from below:

Professional Seafarer Training

Talk with the team about how you can get up to 30% off your certification or any refresher training needed to get back to working at sea

Superyacht Crew Courses

Jump start your new career working on luxury vessels by completing any of our superyacht courses that range from 5 days through to a full 15 day certification program

New Packages & Booking Options

In order to meet the industry needs and legal requirements of working onboard superyachts, cruise lines, merchant ships and offshore oil & gas rigs all around the globe we have a range of new courses and training options available.

There are also significant discounts and customized crew training packages that can be discussed with our team during the booking process.

Watch Everything You Should Know About The Phuket Sandbox

4 Reasons Why Now Is The Best Time To Visit

In order to meet the industry needs and legal requirements of working onboard superyachts, cruise lines, merchant ships and offshore oil & gas rigs all around the globe we have a range of new courses and training options available.

There are also significant discounts and customized crew training packages that can be discussed with our team during the booking process.

1. Finally able to travel

Combine your professional training requirements with a well deserved post covid 19 vacation in a tropical paradise where you can relax by the beach or your private pool and enjoy all of the memorable flavors and tastes that Thailand has to offer.

2. Everything is even cheaper before

Save a fortune on flights, accommodation, food, drinks, sightseeing tours and most importantly your training courses! Ask us about the special ‘Sandbox’ promotion which has been specifically created for use between July and October of 2021.

3. See Phuket at its absolute best

With a limited number of visitors to the island for the first time in decades, you will be able to see the natural beauty of the island in its most stunning state.

Beaches that were considered world class in 2020 are now even better and more stunning to experience in person. The sealife has also returned to all areas of the island making simple activities like snorkeling or swimming truly memorable

4. Access by Air or by Sea

While most people will arrive by air, being able to travel into Phuket by sea is a fantastic alternative, specifically to those who are cruising close by and want to spend some time on the island before being able to visit other areas of Thailand.

This is a major winning point for any professional seafarers who are looking to update their MCA certifications or those who are planning to start a career in the Superyacht Industry.

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Even More Beautiful

What is the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ Model?

The Phuket ‘Sandbox’ model was introduced by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in collaboration with Phuket tourism stakeholders. The model aims to safely reopen Phuket to both local and international visitors who have been fully vaccinated to enter Thailand without the need to quarantine.

The ‘Sandbox’ model is being implemented in order to help businesses and employees on the island who rely heavily on the tourism industry get back to work.

Thai government officials are committed to create a safe haven for the locals, expats and tourists by aiming to safely archive herd immunity against Covid-19 for at least 70% of the island’s population with the number of new covid-19 cases being close to zero by the 30th of June 2021.
What are the requirements to travel?

There are a number of documents and certificates that you will need to have prepared for your flight to Phuket, and as the government works towards their commitment to open Phuket safely for tourism, the rules and regulations for the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ Model may be subject to change.

We suggest you stay up to date on the latest rules and regulations on the official Tourism Authority of Thailand’s website: https://www.tatnews.org/ along with checking with the embassy of your home country.

As of June 6th, 2021 the key requirements for traveling to Phuket, Thailand are:

  • Tourists must have received the full dose of vaccine according to the criteria of each vaccine. You must have the injection for more than 14 days, but not more than 1 year.
  • A certificate of vaccination from your country of origin. The vaccine must be registered according to the laws of Thailand, or be certified by WHO.
  • You must fly to Thailand from a country that is classed low to medium risk. The full list of those countries will be released soon and will be updated every few weeks.

You must have the following documents ready

  • Certificate of Entry – To enter Thailand you will need to apply for a Certificate of Entry, which should take no more than 72 hours to process.
  • Thailand Visa – You can either enter Thailand without arranging a visa in advance and receive the visa exemption entry-pass upon arrival. Or, you can arrange a 60-day tourist visa in advance (TR60) which you must apply for at your local Thai Embassy.
  • SHA hotel booking – You will need to show proof of payment for your stay in an SHA* Approved Hotel in Phuket.
  • Negative COVID-19 PCR Test – Taken within 72 hours of travel.
  • T8 Health Declaration form – This form is completed upon arrival in Phuket.
  • Proof of personal funds – You will need to show proof of at least 20,000 THB per person or 40,000 THB per family.
  • Travel insurance – You will need travel insurance with at least $100,000 USD of COVID-19 cover.

If you need clarity on anything specific regarding the Phuket ‘Sandbox’ Model we’d be more than happy to provide you with assistance, however your embassy or the official Tourism Authority of Thailand’s website will always have the most recent and up to date information.