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Best SHA Plus Hotels in Thailand

Travelers can arrive in Thailand by air, land, and water with the required prepaid accommodation (1 night).

A proof of prepayment for 1 night of accommodation at government-approved SHA Plus (SHA+) on Day 1, which should also include the expenses for 1 RT-PCR test on Day 1 and 1 Antigen Self-Test Kit (self-ATK) on Day 5.  

A Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination/Recovery

  • Everyone 18 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand.
  • Travellers 12-17 years of age travelling to Thailand unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine. Those travelling with parents are exempt from this requirement.
  • Travellers 6-11 years of age, travelling with parents, are exempt from this requirement.
  • For arrivals by water, everyone on board must be fully vaccinated. This is except for travelers under 18 years of age, traveling with parents or guardians.
  • Travelers with a history of COVID-19 infection who have recovered by medical treatment, and travelers who have received at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine after post-infection must have a certificate of COVID-19 recovery.

Travelers whose test result returns as negative are free to go anywhere in Thailand, but will be provided with 1 Antigen Self-Test Kit for a self-test on Day 5 and be required to report/record the result via the MorChana application or another specified application.

Travelers whose test result returns as positive will be referred for appropriate medical treatment. The expenses must be covered by the required insurance / own expense for foreign travelers, or national healthcare coverage for Thais and eligible foreign expatriates.

Fully vaccinated (2 and more vaccines) at least 14 days before arrival can reach the following districts:

Krabi (also Phi Phi Islands), Phang Nga and the Surat Thani islands – Koh SamuiKoh Phangan and Koh Tao.

Before registering on the website https://tp.consular.go.th

make sure:

According to the new guidelines, you must book and pay in advance for a hotel with SHA PLUS approval, then contact the hotel via email or Facebook in order to receive a confirmation, which is submitted together with the other documents.

It is important to note that the shuttle to the hotel must also be SHA approved and therefore it is simpler to book the shuttle through the hotel.

Unvaccinated or those who have not completed the total vaccinations (or have been vaccinated less than 14 days before arrival) can enroll in this program. Those arriving on this program will stay in isolation at the designated hotel (AQ) for 10 days

Before Omicron it was possible to stay in 2 different hotels after the 3rd day. but in recent weeks this option has been canceled and currently all seven days must be completed in just one hotel.

Before you leave the airport, you will undergo an RT-PCR test first and from there on the special shuttle to the hotel. After check-in at the hotel, wait in the room until the results are received, which are sent to the subject’s email. In addition hotel representatives can check the results through their internal website.

Until you receive the answer you will be in the room in “isolation” and are considered HIGH RISK and therefore no service providers are allowed to enter the room. You will stay in the room for 6-10 hours (the speed of receiving the answer is conditional on the number of people who passed through the field that day), so it is recommended to order food through the room service that places the tray outside the door and not through the various apps.

Once you get a negative answer to the first test you are considered a LOW RISK and can actually leave the room and walk freely all over the city / island (depending on where you perform the “sandbox”).

On the 5th or 6th day you will have to do the second test that you have already ordered and paid for in advance. The hotel staff can help and change the date or location of the test but the request should be no later than two days before the original test date.

If the second test is also negative, you will receive a confirmation from the hotel on the end of the 7 nights of the “sandbox” and are free to travel all over Thailand without exception.

Yes, you need to take a RT-PCR test which you have purchased in advance. If the test results are positive (in all probability), the medical certificate indicating recovery must be presented. The results of the test and the medical certificate will be forwarded by the hotel to the local health authority, where the decision will be made as to whether the traveler is obliged to enter the isolation or whether he can continue the “sandbox” framework.

Currently SHA PLUS hotels have also been approved to function as isolation hotels, as long as they meet government criteria and only for their original guests. In case the hotel guest is verified he can choose to carry out the isolation in the hotel where he is staying and in this case he is transferred to a room in another wing. The isolation will cost an additional amount to be paid to the hotel and then sue the insurance company.

* isolation in a room that will include a doctor’s examination at the end of 10 days of isolation and official approval will cost 1000 baht in addition to the original payment.

* isolation in a room that includes medical equipment, a doctor’s visit, heat tests, blood oxygen level and medical clearance at the end will cost 12,000 baht.

A verified guest will be placed in solitary confinement for 10 days and those who have been in close contact with him will have to be in solitary confinement for 14 days.

You can choose to do the insulation together and then the length of the insulation for everyone will be 14 days. If during the isolation someone else gets a positive answer during the follow-up tests, everyone will have to do an additional 14-day isolation.

Yes, it is possible to do 2 more tests provided the two labs are different. If 2 tests out of 3 are negative, the data and documents will be sent to the Thai Ministry of Health, where they will make the decision whether to continue the isolation or cancel it.

If a positive answer is received you can request another test as long as you meet the following criteria:
* Asymptomatic
* CT level above or equivalent to 30 (Cycle Threshold)
* Re-test must be within 24 hours of the first test
Criteria for a second re-test:
* CT level below 30
* Test within 24 hours of the previous test
* Depending on the results of the tests, a decision will be made to isolate or continue the trip under the “sandbox” framework.

The people who are transferred to isolation rooms will be in a room with no possibility of leaving it, in addition the room will have all the necessary equipment for the next ten days and there will be no cleaning on behalf of the hotel. It is possible to order food from the hotel or from outside through the various apps, which will be left at the door. If there are children in the isolation, ask the hotels if they can provide games.

Yes it is possible! The traveler must be vaccinated with at least one dose and present an official medical certificate in English, care must be taken that the certificate is formally signed.

Unvaccinated can enroll in the AQ program. Those arriving on this program will stay in isolation at the designated hotel (AQ) for 10 days

Yes, the test should be done before the flight. The policy regarding the test results of the recovering persons is at the discretion of the airline.

A certificate awarded to an organisation proving that they have approved Covid-19 health and preventative protocols in place and that 70% or more of all employees have been fully vaccinated.

 

How important is SHA Plus to to those wishing to travel to Phuket from abroad?

Individuals who wish to enter Phuket as of 1st July 2021 as part of the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ initiative must have confirmed reservations at hotels which are SHA Plus certified. Confirmed hotel reservations must be submitted with the individuals ‘Certificate of Entry’ (COE) application at the time of submission in their home country’s Royal Thai Embassy prior to traveling to Thailand.

-As of 1st July, 2021, Phuket, Thailand will be open to international travelers.

-There will be no quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travelers who are tested negative seventy-two (72) hours before arrival in Phuket.

-You must spend at least fourteen (14) nights in Phuket before being able to travel freely in the rest of Amazing Thailand.

-You may stay for less than fourteen (14) nights and return to your home country directly from Phuket.

1. Travellers are advised to avoid at-risk areas or crowded places no less than 14 days before their travel date.

2. Travellers must travel from countries/territories approved by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), per the guidelines of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), as proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MoTS) and TAT, and must have been in the said countries for no less than 21 days before their travel date – except Thai nationals and foreign expatriates returning from overseas. They must register their travel via the designated system or website, and have the following documents:

– A certificate of Entry (COE).

– A medical certificate with a laboratory result by an RT-PRC method indicating that COVID-19 is not detected no more than 72 hours before their travel date.

Copy of an insurance policy in English covering healthcare and treatment expenses for COVID-19 per applicant for the whole duration in Thailand with coverage clearly identified as no less than US$100,000.

– Copy of the payment confirmation for no less than 14 nights stay and RT-PCR tests at hotels approved by the MoTS or TAT. In the case that the length of stay is less than 14 days, travellers must present a confirmed flight ticket out of Thailand and payment confirmation for accommodation and RT-PCR tests at hotels that cover their intended duration of stay.

– A certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the MoPH or the World Health Organisation (WHO) no less than 14 days before their travel date. Travellers under 18 years of age, travelling with their parents or guardians, must have a medical certificate with a laboratory result by an RT-PRC method indicating that COVID-19 is not detected no more than 72 hours before their travel date.

3. Travellers must undergo exit screening before departure

1. Entry screening and Immigration and Customs procedures:

– Travellers on direct, non-stop flights to Phuket International Airport are subject to health screening and Immigration and Customs procedures at the point of entry. Click to see the “7-Step Flow at Phuket International Airport” or “7 Steps 7 Countdown”.

2. Download and install an alert application, as well as set the application on at all times for the whole duration in Thailand.

3. Proceed directly to the reserved hotel on approved airport transfer service.

4. Undergo a COVID-19 test (RT-PCR method) at own expense as per the following requirements:

-Taking the first test upon arrival and await the test results in the accommodation.

-Taking additional RT-PCR tests as per the following requirements:

-Travellers with the length of stay less than 7 days are required to take another test on Day 6 or 7, or as per the MoPH’s guidelines.

-Travellers with the length of stays between 10-14 days are required to take the second test on Day 6 or 7 and the third test on Day 12 or 13, or as per the MoPH’s guidelines.

-In the case that travellers are tested positive for COVID-19, travellers will be referred to specified healthcare facilities for medical treatment, for which the expenses must be covered by the required insurance.

5. If tested negative for COVID-19, travellers can go anywhere in Phuket

6. Travellers with an intended length of stay less than 14 days must leave Phuket (Thailand) immediately on an international flight to another country on or before their intended departure date.

7. Travellers who have completed 14 nights in Phuket will be allowed to continue their journey to other Thai destinations.

For travellers to Phuket:

Travellers who wish to visit Phuket only, no minimum stay is required but they must leave Phuket (Thailand) for another country on or before the intended departure date;

For travellers who wish to continue the journey to other Thai destinations, they must stay in Phuket for 14 nights, and thereafter will be allowed to travel domestically.

For travellers to Ko Samui:

During the 1st-3rd nights, travellers can leave their room for facilities and services within their accommodation only.

During the 4th-7th nights, travellers can travel on specified routes within Ko Samui only.

During the 8th-14th nights, travellers can travel between Ko Samui, Ko Phangan and Ko Tao.

Undergo a COVID-19 test using an RT-PCR method per the MoPH’s guidelines;

Travellers are advised to strictly follow the DMHTTA precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, T – Testing for COVID-19, and A – alert application.

For travelling from Phuket to other Thai destinations, travellers are required to show a vaccine certificate and a medical certificate that they have tested negative for COVID-19;

For travelling from Phuket to other countries, travellers are advised to follow the guidelines and measures announced by the respective country of destination.

Children under 6 years of age must travel only with their parents or guardians who have been vaccinated;
In the case the parents or guardians are found to have COVID-19, the children are to be placed in isolation for 14 days.

The Phuket Sandbox is applicable only for fully vaccinated international travellers from countries/regions with a low to medium risk of SAR-CoV-2 virus as announced and constantly updated by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). *The list will be available soon.

High-risk countries are not allowed entry at this stage.

Every traveller must obtain a Certificate of Entry (COE) at

https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/.

Check the website to see the required documents;
Embassy/Consulate-General takes 3 working days to process the application;
Applicants can check the result of the application on the website.

International travellers must have an insurance covering treatment and medical expenses including those related to COVID-19 with a minimum coverage of US$100,000. The insurance must cover the total duration of stay in Thailand.

Airlines that have announced direct flights to Phuket:
– British Airways
– Cathay Pacific
– El Al
– Etihad Airways
– Emirates
– Singapore Airlines
– THAI
– Qatar Airways

Please check the 
flight schedule on the respective airline’s websites.

Please be aware that some airlines are unable to operate into your home country for your return.

You must get a medical certificate with an RT-PCR laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected issued no more than 72 hours before departure.

You must download and install the alert application.

At Immigration, you are required to complete your arrival card, show your COE and passport.

‘SHA’ is a certification for businesses who meet the basic standards of hygiene and health safety for their products and services in accordance with the nationwide measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

‘SHA Plus’ is a certification for companies/individuals who have received the SHA certificate AND 70% of the workforce has been vaccinated.

 

All travellers must get a SHABA confirmation letter with QR Code from a SHA Plus Hotel.

You can go anywhere in Phuket, BUT you must strictly follow the DMHTTA precautions: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, T – Testing for COVID-19, and A – alert application.

Masks must be worn at all times in public areas and if there are two or more people in a vehicle.

You may be required to undergo a COVID-19 test using an RT-PCR or a rapid antigen method during your stay per the MoPH’s guidelines.

Q. Can a 2nd guest who is already resident in Thailand join a guest who has arrived ‘internationally’ into a ‘SHA Plus’ hotel?
A. Yes, providing the guest follows all rules stipulated for Thais and expats in Thailand.

We recommend that you only book an excursion with ‘SHA Plus’ certified companies for your safety;

*Further information under review.

SHABA:

-After booking a SHA hotel, you are required to purchase 3 RT PCR test  from your hotel and get the SHABA certification. Price for the 3 tests should be no more than 8500 Baht per person. 

RT-PCR test:
– Every hospital in Phuket can provide an RT-PCR test;
– The cost of an RT-PCR covid test ranges from 2,500-4,000 Baht per person.

Rapid test:
– You can get a rapid test from hospitals, clinics, and private labs in Phuket;
– The cost of a rapid test ranges from 450-1,000 Baht per person. COVID-19 testing is at the travellers’ own expense.

We recommend that you only use ‘SHA Plus’ certified restaurants for your safety, but you may dine-in at non-certified restaurants, too.

Restaurants in Phuket

Restaurants in Phi Phi

Restaurants in Koh Samui

Restaurants in Phang Nga

Restaurants in Bangkok

Restaurants in Chiang Mai

Restaurants in Krabi

Restaurants in Pattaya

Restaurants in Cha-Am

 

We recommend that you use only ‘SHA Plus’ certified taxis and transportation, but you may use non ‘SHA Plus’, too if you prefer.

If there are more than 2 people in a vehicle, masks must be worn at all times.

Q. Is there is an app or website to be able to book SHA+ transport services?
A. Information will be available soon.

Q. Is GRAB taxi SHA+?
A. Information will be available soon.

Q. What’s open?
A. Information will be available soon.

If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, you must immediately get a test. If you travel in a group, everybody in the group must undergo a test.

In case you are tested positive for COVID-19 in Thailand, you will be responsible for the medical expenses which must be covered by your insurance.

After spending 14 nights in Phuket and you are tested negative for COVID-19, you are free to go anywhere in Thailand but you must follow each province’s restrictions.

For travelling from Phuket or Samui-Phangan-Tao to other Thai destinations, travellers are required to show proof that they have completed a 14-night stay along with the other required documents per the guidelines and measures announced by the respective province of destination.

You must follow your home country’s entry requirements, and Thailand is not responsible or able to assist with such updates by individual countries.