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Everything you need to know about travel to Phuket

After all the restrictions on individuals being able to enter Thailand during the pandemic, the government has now opened the country’s borders international visitors following a few simple steps.

How great does that sound?

The few key requirements that must be met are there to keep both travellers and locals safe, however it does mean that that you are now able to fly into Phuket (or Bangkok) and begin your training course the very next day!

All travellers must obtain a ‘Thailand Pass’ (https://tp.consular.go.th), and if fully vaccinated can enter under the ‘Test and Go’ scheme which allows travel anywhere within Thailand. More info further below!

For full details and the most up-to-date information visit Tourism Authority of Thailand News website or their Phuket Facebook page.

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.

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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. Phuket is now cheaper than before

Save a fortune on flights, accommodation, food, drinks, sightseeing tours and most importantly your training courses! Check out or ask us about the ’FREE RETURN FLIGHTS TO PHUKET’ promotion which runs until End of June 2022.

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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How to enter Thailand from May 1

The Thai government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approved ending the Test & Go scheme and opening the country to foreign travellers from May 1.

Those wanting to enter Phuket/Thailand must follow the following steps.

1. For vaccinated travellers:

  • Register for the Thailand Pass with a copy of your vaccine certificate and evidence of Covid-19 insurance with at least US$10,000 coverage.
  • No test upon arrival required.
  • Travellers are advised to take a rapid antigen test (ATK) while in Thailand. If the test is positive, they shall enter treatment covered their insurance.
  • Those who come into high-risk close contact with infected people must isolate for five days and monitor their symptoms for another five days. ATK tests shall be taken on day 5 and day 10 after contact with Covid-19 cases.

2. For unvaccinated travellers:

  • Register for a Thailand Pass and present a negative RT-PCR result taken within 72 hours of departure as well as evidence of $10,000 Covid-19 insurance, or
  • Register for a Thailand Pass, present evidence of $10,000 Covid-19 insurance and book 5 days at an alternative quarantine facility.
  • Upon arrival, remain in the alternative quarantine system and take an RT-PCR test on day 4 or day 5.
  • Travellers advised to take an antigen test (ATK) while in Thailand. Those who test positive shall enter treatment under their insurance.
  • Those who come into high-risk close contact with infected people must isolate for five days and monitor their symptoms for another five days. An ATK test shall be taken after day 5 five and day 10 after contact with Covid-19 cases.

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 advice of your home country.

If you need clarity on anything specific regarding the requirements 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.

What are the requirements to travel?

As of April 1st, 2022, the key requirements for international travellers entering Phuket, Thailand under the ‘Test and Go’ and ‘Phuket Sandbox’ schemes are:

  • You must have received the full dose of vaccine according to the criteria of each vaccine. The last dose must have been received more than 14 days, before the date of travel.
  • A certificate of vaccination from your home country or country of origin. The vaccine must be registered according to the laws of Thailand or be certified by WHO.

You must have the following documents ready:

  • Thailand Pass
  • 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 Plus+ hotel booking – You will need to show proof of payment for your stay in a Government approved Hotel in Phuket.
  • 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 $20,000 USD of COVID-19 cover.