How to travel to Thailand with Azurite

Traveling to Thailand for surgery? Here’s what you need to know

Your surgery is booked with Azurite, and you can’t wait to start your surgery journey. But what’s required to fly into the country? When you’re booked with Azurite, here’s what you need to know to travel to Thailand. As Bangkok Test & Go is currently suspended until the end of January, we recommend you do the Phuket Sandbox and enjoy an affordable holiday. May as well enjoy yourself after two years of COVID chaos.

First step – Book Surgery Date & Flights to Travel to Thailand

Once you have your surgery date ready to go you should aim to choose flights into Phuket 7 nights before your scheduled surgery date to ensure you can complete the sandbox beforehand (TIP: ensure they are a flexible fare).

You will then need to apply for a Phuket Sandbox Thailand Pass as soon as possible to secure your entry pass – please note this can take up to 7 days to approve unless you use an expedited service which can accrue a fee of around $2750 THAI BAHT*.

What is the Phuket Sandbox Thailand Pass?

If you’re fully vaccinated the Phuket Sandbox is a fun way to enjoy an affordable vacation in Thailand for 7 nights without quarantine before you fly to Bangkok for your surgery. Once you have completed 7 nights at an SHA plus certified hotel (there’s are tons of options on Booking.com) you can transit anywhere domestically within Bangkok. TIP: We always recommend choosing a hotel with free cancellation as the requirement for the Sandbox may ease at one point*

Documents required for Phuket Sandbox

  • 7 nights acommodation at an SHA plus hotel in Phuket – has to be 7 nights (not days) to transit anywhere domestically in Thailand
  • Flights booked directly to Phuket International Airport – (no transit through Bangkok allowed, but you can transit through SIngapore for example)
  • Receipt for two pre-paid PCR Tests in Phuket – This website will allow you to create an account and book your first PCR test at the airport upon arrival as well as your second one on day 5 of your travels. You will download the receipt and upload to your Phuket Sandbox Pass application
  • COVID Insurance insured for at least $50,000 USD – remember to buy for your companion too – this will ensure you for any hospital expenses if you are to unfortunately test positive for COVID.
  • COVID Vaccination Certificate (for you and your companion)
  • Passports for you and your companion

Please remember to also book your Bangkok domestic flight from Phuket – this isn’t required for the Phuket Sandbox application though*

Day of your Flight to Phuket

Remember to book a PCR test at the airport to ensure you can board your flight from Australia – you can get expedited results within 90 minutes for $79 AUD.

Travel to Thailand by the Phuket Sandbox Thailand Pass for Surgery

Once in Phuket

Once you arrive in Phuket, ensure you have your transfers booked to your accommodation as Azurite supplies airport transfers only once your official package begins with our hotel partners* You will undergo a PCR test once you arrive in Thailand at the Phuket International Airport.

On Day 5

Although you’re allowed to leave the hotel and do whatever you like while in Phuket as this isn’t a quarantine period, you must complete another PCR test on Day 5.

Day 8 you fly to Bangkok to begin your official surgery package

On day 8 you will fly to Bangkok, please ensure you have booked your domestic flights to Bangkok (these are not included in our surgery package as it’s separate). We recommend Bangkok Airways or for a more affordable option Nok Air. Our private transfer and your assigned Personal Assistant will be there to greet you and take you to your hospital testing (ECG, blood work, etc) and then you get to meet your surgeon for a thorough consultation before your scheduled surgery. After your consult, you will then check into our partner hotel Chatrium Residence Sathon if you haven’t opted for an upgrade.

Next morning – your surgery day has finally arrived!

Make sure you take full advantage of the included buffet breakfast as it will be a long day of fasting before your surgery!

Post surgery

After 1-3 nights at the hospital, you will check back into your hotel and our onsite nurses will be there to assist you for a good recovery.