Surat Thani has announced new travel regulations for Ko Samui & Phangan on August 6, 2021. From 'Dark Red Zone' to Ko Samui "Certificate of vaccine & RT PCR / Ag rapid test" are both required and from Red zone, RT PCR / Ag rapid test required. (Isolation 14 days during the stay for both zones)
- Wearing a mask
- Avoid crowded areas
- Social distancing
- No group activities
More information in an infographic below:
Some shared experiences from Facebook Page's followers:
3-4 Sep 2021
"ok well a real-world experience:
I recently (Friday/Sat Sept 3/4) flew with my father from Samui to BKK for a Pfizer vaccine, and upon return was given a form at Samui airport (mostly in Thai) which suggested that we needed to send in our temperatures (via Line to a local monitor), and list if we had any Covid Symptoms each day for 14 days. We both had had one Astra more than 21 days ago, and had antigen tests done before we returned from Bangkok. We also had and showed them what is titled “Thailand National Certificate of Covid-19 Vaccination” which lists both the Astrazeneca shot in late June, 2021 and the Pfizer shot on the 4th of September. BKK airways in BKK was not going to let us check-in for our return to Samui unless we had the antigen or RT-Pct tests, though I am not sure if they bothered to look at our “Thailand National Certificate of Covid-19 Vaccination.” They did ask us if we lived on Koh Samui (yes)."
From a dark red zone (Hua Hin) to Samui.
4 Aug 2021
" We booked our tickets for the Seatran ferry online and weren’t asked for any confirmation of vaccine or tests.
When we got to the pier, we had to get out the car and the guy asked where we came from. When we said Hua Hin they asked for copy of negative test which we had already done yesterday. They checked the papers and gave us a handwritten ticket to give to the person checking the ferry tickets.
The driver drove straight onto the ferry and I got out to walk on. Before going on I had to complete the Samui Health Pass QR code. They wouldn’t let me on before doing out. The guy helping check in (English guy) was really nice and said it’s better to fill it in before getting on as if it doesn’t work they won’t let you into Samui and have to come back so better to make sure it works before getting on.
The driver didn’t have to fill it in before getting on the ferry but there are QR code’s on board to scan.
On arrival at Samui they scanned your QR code and put a sticker on your wing mirror red orange or green. We were red so they pulled us over to the side. We handed over our passports which they put the details in a computer.
We were asked if we had any symptoms and said no to all. Have to fill in the form every day we are on Samui and send to a Line group for our area (Bophut).
No one at any point asked about vaccination status. We both had one shot of AZ 20 days ago so 1 day short of the actually requirement. But every step asked to see the negative test certificate so there was no way of getting out of that.
Hope that helps! "
From ASQ in Dark Red Zone (Bangkok) to Samui.
22 August 2021
" The hotel gave me a certificate that I had done two weeks quarantine at an ASQ hotel in Bangkok . They also gave copies of all 3 PCR tests that I was required to do whilst in quarantine. (The most important in is the last one which has to be done no later than 72 hours ) there were no road blocks that stopped us on all of the drive. The only problem I had was the registration QR code for Samui when I got off the ferry. I had to re register. The ferry wanted to see all my quarantine documents and PCR tests from the hotel (both in Don Sak and Nathon)"
"We drove from Bangkok. Upon our arrival in Samui, the authorities checked all of our documents, negative COVID test including vaccine certificates"
From ASQ in Bangkok:
22 August 2021
" The hotel gave me a certificate that I had done two weeks quarantine at an ASQ hotel in Bangkok. They also gave copies of all 3 PCR tests that I was required to do whilst in quarantine. (The most important in is the last one which has to be done no later than 72 hours ) there were no road blocks that stopped us on all of the drive. The only problem I had was the registration QR code for Samui when I got off the ferry. I had to re register. The ferry wanted to see all my quarantine documents and PCR tests from the hotel (both in Don Sak and Nathon)"
From Red Zone to Samui
13 Aug 2021
" We just returned to Samui via Seatran after 14 days staying in 3 mainland provinces and passing through four others, having had 5 rapid antigen or PCR tests along the way.
At Don Sak, there is a Samui rapid antigen test office on the right before the final left turns into the Seatran check-in/queuing area. We stopped there with our latest test certificates, which were 30-minutes past the 72-hour period required. They said to check at the Seatran entrance point, which we then did. The medical and police staff there were efficient and flexible and gave us a piece of paper that allowed us to proceed. That piece of paper was collected when getting our tickets issued for the ferry (car + 2pax). On the ferry, we filled out the details of our trip on the healthpass.smartsamui.com as required.
After driving off the ferry we had to show our healthpass.smartsamui.com QR codes, and were given a red sticker, to report to the Samui health team on the pier. This was because we had been to Red Zone (not dark red zone) provinces. There, we were asked to submit daily (14 days) photos of us with a temperature check via their Line application, and complete a spreadsheet of daily symptoms/temperature checks to be returned to the local health office in 2 weeks time.
That's all the details. We were never asked about our vaccine status either in Don Sak or Samui (we both meet the vaccine requirements). So it appears the Red Zone into Samui regulation shown in Nicha's spreadsheet above is being adhered to.
Hope this helps someone... "