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I'm using Samui Sandbox btw
the pre-approval will take a couple of hours or next day
If you need a visa, the full approval will come out with the visa
the process could take 3 days, or 1 week
lzxbbqmbtlfxl you must contact the Embassy via phone and email and bug them to speed up your CoE, be stern and clear you're flying soon, worked for us
October 1 is fine tho it took 2 days for us
Thanks so much Tony! And what about the travel insurance you need that covers 100.000 USD for covid treatments. Do you really need that, or is that just a way to earn money for them? Thanks so much!!
Pre-approval took me 2 days. I think you're good.
I have not looked into that side of things much, but my understanding is that you do need to provide proof of it during the process.
Thatโ€™s plenty of time. Youโ€™ll be fine.
For the people who just arrived in Thailand, where did you get the Covid insurance (with 100.000 USD coverage for inbound travellers). Without that we can't apply for the COE. The website I've found now is tipinsure. Thank you!
AXA
Thank you! What were the costs?
Never mind! Already found everything in the link you've send
It will be my first 30 day extension on a visa exemption. I just went back to my hotel front desk to photocopy and will go back to immigration next week.
You wonโ€™t get the COE until you show that you have bought insurance.
TuneProtect
The insurance needs to cover the entire period of your stay before your first extension.
If you are staying 30 days, then a 30 day policy is fine.
But if you are going to stay 45 days, youโ€™ll need to buy a 60 day policy because some insurers only sell in 1 month increments.
Does anyone know about the STV visa situation? Can you still extend it 90 days after September 30th? ๐Ÿ™
Youโ€™ll have to book, plane, hotel, insurance, and PCR test before theyโ€™ll give it to you. Youโ€™ll need to do some back and forth with your hotel to book the PCR and the taxi. So depending on how responsive your hotel is, it could take a couple of days.
jjemaekfoxyew I have everything ready and booked +1skin-tone-2
I bought a 30 day policy with AXA, but since I said I was going to stay 45 days, they rejected my COE and told me to get a 45 day policy. I got my employer to write a letter instead since I have insurance through my employer and they accepted the letter from my employer for the insurance.
Thank you, thats a good idea
AXA covered my mum's broken wrist when she came here to visit. They needed 24h to confirm that they would cover the costs while she was in hospital.
The one time thing is the 30 day extension, next time you would get the 60 day Covid extension
For the Covid Extension in Phuket I needed a confirmation about my rental/stay from my landlord. I think the Koh Samui guys don't need that.
Does anybody know when thailand will open for normal holidays, I have a flight booked to Bangkok feb 2022
If we knew we'd be trillionaires
Nobody knows if/when
Most realistic expectation is 2023 fully open for tourists
I have booked with BA and can change date if needed, hopefully better by then. Currently thailand is on red list for the UK, hoping that changes by end of the year too
Does anyone know of a place in Bangkok that do hog roast? like in bali ๐Ÿ˜›
3 providers comparable here
Most regular international health insurance (read NOT travel insurance) should also be ok
Ok thanks you, I found the flights on the website of the Thai embassy
Weโ€™ve just launched and also cover COVID treatment up to $100k :slightly_smiling_face:

Iโ€™m considering traveling to Thailand mid October. Which of the various sandbox locations would you currently recommend and why?
No you can't
Is this a bug or are you really Marc from the kotlinlang slack? hushedsweat_smile
Glitch in the Matrix ๐Ÿ™‚
Phuket Sandbox is cheaper, I'm going with Samui Plus Sandbox on October 1st.
My final goal is to get on Koh Phangan after those 14 days.
What makes Samui more expensive?
You have to stay in a "Samui Extra Plus" Hotel for the first 7 days, the problem is, there are only 13 hotels which you can choose from. All of them are quite expensive.
Oh that sucks ๐Ÿ˜ž
The cheapest I found is เธฟ35000 for 7 nights (all inklusive + Airport Pickup + 3 PCR Tests)
Thatโ€™s expensive indeed ๐Ÿ˜ต
Iโ€™m kinda blank on where to go next. Thailand and Bali are interesting but both still have quite some limitations.
Singapore, Cyprus and Malta seem like easier options but I know nothing about those yet.
Phuket Sandbox for 7 or 14 days then you can move to Koh Phangan seems to be the cheapest/easiest. Provided you are vaccinated. I'd wait until Oct 1st before booking anything at this point to see if there are any changes to the rules etc.
AFAIK Singapore is not an option as they grant entry to traveller's from 2 countries only, at the moment. One of them is NZ, the other I can't remember.
splgidvsyzfx Of the European options you mentioned, Cyprus is awesome at the moment. Perfect time to visit. Providing you're vaccinated there's very little mucking around, although they do spot PCR tests on random arriving planes. Weather should be solid until mid-November or so (itโ€™ll still be good but will start to cool earlier in the shorter days). My objection to Malta is that you can more or less walk the entire island in a day, and the climate is not on par with Cyprus.
Hi, we're looking for a nice villas in Samui
Do you know any agent that could help?
Thanks kpeznacva thatโ€™s really good to know :thumbsup:
Do you stay in Cyprus often/for longer?
Yesโ€ฆthereโ€™s a dedicated channel -- #cyprus
pgubbzdmclgy easiest is Airbnb and ask landlord for cheap long term deal
Thanks! Would you ask for a visit or Airbnb is good enough as a proof of confidence?
Book a few days to test first
how much did it cost
there's 2 options to choose. price is on the website
Possible changes to entry requirements coming? COE not being issued currently in some places www.thaiembassy.at/en/coe.html|https://www.thaiembassy.at/en/coe.html
"ISSUANCE OF COES FOR TRAVELLERS ARRIVING IN THAILAND FROM 1 OCTOBER 2021 ONWARDS HAS BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE."

Do I have to worry? My flight is on October 1st and I will arrive in Thailand on October 2nd.
My guess is if you have a COE in hand, probably not. They are likely getting ready to announce some kind of changes to the program.
I got pre approved yesterday but not fully
Mhmm, I heard that you can do 2 months extension instead. Have you heard of those?
Oh crap. Is this for everywhere? I have a flight for October 14 but havenโ€™t applied for COE yet
There was some news about the TAT asking to reduce quarantine, may be related. In any case, do not trust any source until the government signs it.
Seems to be posted on a few embassy sites
wiqjcmv is there any more information on those embassy sites?
Maybe haqjyzcawo or veoqfgt can answer this
No clue about STV but 60d covid ext yes probably
The handeling of STV seems to be hit or miss depending on the Immigration office. Best to go visit your local one, I've seen reports of Samui office converting them to Covid.
Not sure, best to visit them. I'd guess there should be some more info posted early next week.
Don't panic. Reading various sites it seems to just mean that COE could no longer be required for entry. It's just another bureaucratic bit of paper.
Love it, enjoy! ๐ŸŒด
that makes me homesick ๐Ÿ˜•
Makes me _wish_ my home was like that. ๐Ÿ˜…
Any update on this?

I doubt they would remove COE requirements while still needing things like vaccinated travelers, insurance, and PCR tests.
hotness
No, not likely on the weekend. Probably sometime this week leading up to the 1st.
๐Ÿ›ฌ tocfuorb just arrived in ๐Ÿ Ko Pha Ngan, #thailand
thanks (this is a Discord Slack bridge test)
Great to meet up with you guys before you left, it was great to hang out for a while. Hopefully our paths cross again soon.
You thinking Lanta in Jan? I was thinking today if I'm still in Thailand I might head there then again for a while if things are good and KoHub opens up again.
๐Ÿคฉ Have been there 2018 ๐Ÿ˜„ The small restaurant was just lovley
Yep 100%
Also they used the word "suspended".

This could imply it will be coming back.
Likewise! Hope to see you again ๐Ÿ™‚
So does that mean COE no longer necessary?
Hard to say for sure, more details towards the end of the week I imagine. My guess is some form of it will still be needed for a couple months.
I wouldnโ€™t get my hopes too high, they reduced quarantine a few months back, just to revert the decision after a few weeks ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ . Is a good opportunity for those who donโ€™t want to do the 14 days though, you may get lucky
Like donโ€™t wait a month or two to make the trip, or you may enjoy 14 days locked up (actually 16, not sure why they keep saying 14 in Thai media and everywhere. 15 nights, day of arrival being day 0 = 16 days)
True. When I was in Feb this year, I left my room 6:30am on theast day, didnโ€™t even want to have a breakfast
Hey guys, so I was planning on heading to do the Phuket sandbox program in a couple weeks, but I need to stop in Pakistan first for work. Iโ€™m hearing that I canโ€™t enter the program until 3 weeks after I leave Pakistan. Any recs for where to wait that out, or ways around the rule?
> must travel from countries/ territories as listed by TAT and must have stayed in those countries for at least 21 days prior to departure.
You could maybe argue that the stop in Pakistan was like a layover ?
Its a good idea but I dont think they are gonna believe a 7 day layover haha
I didn't check if you can get into Thailand from there actually
Looks good tho
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