Covid-19 Q&A

Latest information updated on May, 14th 2020

Stay up-to-date with the latest information on the COVID-19 situation for our boating friends.

PART 1: General information of COVID-19

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. Therefore, it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick. WHO is assessing ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share updated findings. (World Health Organization, 2020)

Studies to date suggest that the virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets rather than through the air. See previous answer on “How does COVID-19 spread?”  (World Health Organization, 2020)

The main way the disease spreads is through respiratory droplets expelled by someone who is coughing. The risk of catching COVID-19 from someone with no symptoms at all is very low. However, many people with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms. This is particularly true at the early stages of the disease. It is therefore possible to catch COVID-19 from someone who has, for example, just a mild cough and does not feel ill. WHO is assessing ongoing research on the period of transmission of COVID-19 and will continue to share updated findings. (World Health Organization, 2020)

The risk of catching COVID-19 from the feces of an infected person appears to be low. While initial investigations suggest the virus may be present in feces in some cases, spread through this route is not a main feature of the outbreak. WHO is assessing ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share new findings. Because this is a risk, however, it is another reason to clean hands regularly, after using the bathroom and before eating. (World Health Organization, 2020)

You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
    Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
    Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
    Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
    Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

(World Health Organization, 2020)

  • Follow the guidance outlined above (Protection measures for everyone)
  • Self-isolate by staying at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache, low grade fever (37.3 C or above) and slight runny nose, until you recover. If it is essential for you to have someone bring you supplies or to go out, e.g. to buy food, then wear a mask to avoid infecting other people. Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
  • If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

(World Health Organization, 2020)

Yes there are now several vaccines that are in use. The first mass vaccination programme started in early December 2020 and the number of vaccination doses administered is updated on a daily basis. At least 13 different vaccines (across 4 platforms) have been administered.

The Pfizer/BioNtech Comirnaty vaccine was listed for WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL) on 31 December 2020. The SII/Covishield and AstraZeneca/AZD1222 vaccines (developed by AstraZeneca/Oxford and manufactured by the State Institute of India and SK Bio respectively) were given EUL on 16 February. The Janssen/Ad26.COV 2.S developed by Johnson & Johnson, was listed for EUL on 12 March 2021. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (mRNA 1273) was listed for EUL on 30 April 2021 and the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine was listed for EUL on 7 May 2021. The Sinopharm vaccine is produced by Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd, subsidiary of China National Biotec Group (CNBG). The Sinovac-CoronaVac was listed for EUL on 1 June 2021.

Source: World Health Organization

The products and progress in regulatory review by WHO is provided by WHO and updated regularly. The document is provided: Click here


PART 2: Marine Guidelines

To safeguard your health and well-being, Boat Lagoon Yachting charter team is following closely with the Phuket official Government advice and stepping up precautionary and sanitary measures.

We have implemented the following protocols based on international guidelines from healthcare institutions:

  • Daily temperature taking for Captain, crew and guests
  • Thorough sanitizing and cleaning of yacht interior, including tenders and water toys
  • Captain & crew to wear mask and protective gloves during the trip
  • Provide hygiene kit for guests onboard
  • All guests are to complete travel declaration form

Our boating friends are important to us. So, we have put together a list of protocols to take before embarkation in order to prevent any further spread of COVID-19.

Before boarding:

Before boarding the ship, crews and passengers should be asked if they have a new, continuous cough or a high temperature. If someone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they should be sent home or to their cabin. Everyone should be reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds more frequently than normal. Crews and passengers should be given clear instructions on what to do if they develop symptoms and how and to whom they should report this. The Master of the Ship should notify the Port Health Authority about any suspected cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) as soon as possible, who will then inform the local Health Protection Team (HPT). Appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning of surfaces that a person with symptoms has come into contact with are key measures to stop the spread of the virus.

Pre-embarkation:

Crew and passengers with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature should be denied embarkation or cabin isolated. All crew and passengers should be reminded of the need to report a new, continuous cough or a high temperature as soon as possible with clear instructions on what they should do and the designated person that they must report to.

During the voyage

Ships are required to notify the port of arrival of any illness on board by submitting a Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH). (gov.uk government publications, 2020)

Ensure pre-travel information is given to crew and customers and it should cover:

  • The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Health risks and considerations on health services in other countries for vulnerable groups, such as elderly people or those with underlying medical conditions
  • Importance of preventive measures
  • Any pre-boarding assessment
  • Ships should ensure adequate medical supplies, equipment and PPE are available onboard.

Ship owners should provide guidance to the crew about how to recognize the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Country-specific guidance for crew members about prevention measures should be provided to crew. Crew should be reminded of the procedures to be followed when a passenger or a crew member on board displays signs and symptoms indicative of acute respiratory disease. Source: Operational considerations for managing COVID-19 cases and outbreaks on board ships (World Health Organization & gov.uk government publications, 2020)

If it is determined that there is a suspected case of COVID-19 disease on board, the outbreak management plan should be activated. The suspected case should be immediately instructed to wear a medical mask, follow cough etiquette and practice hand hygiene; the suspected case should be isolated in a predefined isolation ward, cabin, room or quarters, with the door closed. Infection control measures should be applied in accordance with WHO guidance (2, 6). The disembarkation and transfer of the suspected case to an onshore healthcare facility for further assessment and laboratory testing should be arranged as soon as possible in cooperation with the health authorities at the port. In addition to the medical personnel providing health care, all persons entering the isolation area should be appropriately trained prior to entering that area, should apply standard precautions and contact and droplet precautions as described in WHO’s guidance for infection control.  (Operational considerations for managing COVID-19 cases and outbreaks on board ships, World Health Organization, 2020)

The Thai government has made it quite easy to follow the rules of the Digital Yacht Quarantine. After arriving at Phuket international airport, yacht owners can coordinate with Boat Lagoon Yachting or with the Thai Yacht Business Association (TYBA) to organise a COVID-19 RT-PCR test. Once the test has been completed, and assuming all tourists are free of the virus, each visitor will be given a mandatory health tracker to wear on their wrist for the duration of their quarantine. This health tracker will monitor vital signs such as body temperature and blood pressure. Health authorities stationed at Cape Panwa will monitor the data received from these health trackers. From there, visitors will be taken to their yachts, where they will begin their 14-day quarantine. Whilst at sea, yachts are required to stay within 10km of the shore so that authorities can monitor their position and their health trackers. Once out at sea, guests have the freedom to do what they please from the comfort and sanctity of their own yacht.

Download the procedure flow chart in English click here

Download the procedure flow chart in Thai click here

To enter Thailand, visiting yacht will have to submit application through an approved agent. Only TYBA members can be an approved agent which currently includes:

In Phuket

  • Asia Pacific Superyacht Services Co., Ltd. - jojo@asia-pacific-superyachts.com
  • Asia Yacht Agency Co Ltd - worawan@asiayachtagency.com
  • Porntip Logistics Co.,Ltd. - porntip@porntip-logistics.com
  • Seal Superyachts Co., Ltd - adam@seal-superyachts.com
  • Yacht Concierge (Thailand) Ltd., Part. - am.yachtconciergethailand@gmail.com

In Pattaya

  • Buzzcats (Thailand) Co., Ltd - gasson@buzzcatservice.com
  • Any TYBA member that wishes to become a AYQ approved yacht agent or wants to know more about AYQ, can contact TYBA for a list of requirements.

Source: Thai Yachting Business Association


PART 3: Local Restrictions

A: Thailand:

Bangkok:  Covid-19 restrictions are lifted from 15th June 2021 onwards All social gatherings are limited to 20 persons until 30th June 2021

(Ref: BMA Announcement on Temporary Closure of Premises No. 32)

Phuket:  

  • Travelers, who enter the province by air still need to register their entry into Phuket at the “www.gophuket.com” website and on the “Mor Chana’’ mobile application
  • Travelers must show evidence of Covid-19 vaccination or evidence of a Rapid Antigen test (RT-PCR) within 72 hours prior to arriving in Phuket.
  • Islands located in Phuket are opened to visit under 30 persons as Racha Noi island, Racha Yai island, Maithon island, Coral island, Naka Yai island,Naka Noi island, Egg island, Coconut island etc.
  • All social gatherings are limited to 30 persons from today to 30 June 2021 (ref: Provincial announcement no. 2921/2564)

Krabi

  • Travelers, who enter the province by air have to present evidence of a Rapid Antigen test (RT-PCR) within 72 hours prior to arriving in Krabi.
  • Travelers must present the certificate of a single-dose of Astrazeneca vaccine or complete 2-dose of Sinovac vaccine
  • Travelers must download the “Mor Chana’’ mobile application
  • Hot line about COVID-19 and on ground regulations call: 075-612227

Or click here

Phangnga

  • Travelers, who enter the province by air have to present evidence of a Rapid Antigen test (RT-PCR) within 72 hours prior to arriving in Phangna
  • Travelers must present the certificate of 2-dose of vaccination.
  • Travelers must download the “Mor Chana’’ mobile application.

Samui

  • Travelers, who enter the province by air have to present evidence of a Rapid Antigen test (RT-PCR) within 72 hours prior to arriving in Samui
  • Travelers must present the certificate of 2-dose of vaccination.
  • Travelers must download the “Mor Chana’’ mobile application.

B: Singapore

From 14th   June 2021:

  • Social gathering group sizes limited to 5 persons
  • Dining in restaurants is not allowed

From 21st  June 2021:

  • If the situation remains under control, more activities may resume with the appropriate safety management measures:
  • Dining in at F&B establishments (up to 5 pax)
  • Live performances
  • Gyms, fitness studios, mask-off sports activities

A: Thailand

Due to COVID-19 outbreak, As of mid-April 2021, there are new restrictions for entering some national parks. The restrictions can be complete closure or limited access.

  • Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Ko Phiphi: Close all tourist sites and accommodations since 19 May 2021
  • Ao Phang-nga : Close all tourist sites and accommodations since 19 May 2021
  • Mu Ko Surin : Temporarily closed due to covid-19
  • Mu Ko Similan Close all tourist site and accommodation. /Annual Seasonal Closure from May –October 2021

Source:  please find up to date spreadsheet by following this link

You can make your extraordinary trip to Thailand with some of regulations by follow:

  • Holders of US, Canada, UK and Australia passports are among those not required to obtain a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay in Thailand fora period not exceeding 45 days on each visit. However, they are still required to obtain the Certificate of Entry and quarantine upon arrival.
  • Tourists from countries not on the visa exemption list can apply for a Special Tourist Visa (STV) .
  • All travelers who have received a Certificate of Entry are required to download the ThailandPlus Application and register. Upon arrival in Thailand they will have to show a QR code that willbe scanned by the Thai authorities upon arrival.
  • Thailand has released an online step-by-step guide offering detailed information on entry procedures. Click here

What are the restrictions?

  • Travellers entering under the "Tourist visa exemption scheme" can stay for up to 45 days.Meanwhile, the Special Tourist Visa (STV), introduced in October 2020, allows for 90-day stays, and can be renewed twice.
  • All travellers must provide proof of an insurance policy that covers treatment for Covid-19 up to the cost of $100,000
  • A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. An earlier requirement for a "fit-to-fly" health certificate has been lifted as of April 1.
  • A PCR test must be taken on arrival, after which all travelers must quarantine at government-approved quarantine facilities or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facilities. This can include luxury
  • hotels, some of which have developed quarantine packages.
  • Tourists need to be fully vaccinated with approved vaccines that are recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Phuket: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced Phuket's will reopen to vaccinated travellers this upcoming 1st July 2021. 

What are the conditions?

  • Tourists need to be fully vaccinated with approved vaccines that are recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Negative Covid test upon arrival in Phuket
  • Travellers will need to remain on the island of Phuket for at least 14 nights before able to travel elsewhere in Thailand
  • Other essential documents include a medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected, using RT-PCR method, issued no longer than 72 hours before departure; a Certificate of Entry (COE) issued by the Embassy; valid visa or re-entry permit; health insurance policy.
  • Those who completed the above requirements do not need to be quarantined.
  • Upon arrival at the Phuket International Airport, tourists will be required to undergo a COVID-19 screening, including PCR tests, and download the specified track and trace application to ensure that they only visit the designated areas.

Important rules

  • Travellers must stay in a SHA+ accredited hotel in Phuket only.
  • Travellers must fly directly to Phuket from abroad.
  • If travellers are staying less than 14 days in Phuket, you must fly out of Phuket to an international destination.

Is it necessary for tourists to stay at the same SHA+ hotel for the whole 14 days required upon arrival, or is it allowed to stay at multiple hotels?

  • Travelers may switch hotels if they wish, but the hotel must also be SHA+ accredited.

An Air Travel Pass (ATP) allows visitors travelling from one of the following countries/regions to seek entryinto Singapore:

  • Australia (excluding Victoria State)
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Mainland China (excluding Guangdong province)
  • New Zealand

    The Air Travel Pass (ATP)  comes with conditions of travel that the applicant must comply with.

  • Approved travellers will be required to abide by the stipulated health measures for entry including Stay Home Notice and COVID-19 tests.

PART 4: Charter Assistance

International / Domestic Departure

  • For travelling from Phuket to other countries, travellers are advised to follow the guidelines and measures announced by the respective country of their destination.
  • For travelling from Phuket to other Thai destinations, travellers are required to show proof that they have completed a 14-night stay accommodation along with other required documentation per the guidelines and measures announced by the respective destinations.

 

Measures to enter Thailand for Thais and non-Thai nationals.

Pre-arrival

  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 (list) 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:
    1. A certificate of Entry (COE).
    2. 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. 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.
    4. Copy of the payment confirmation for no less than 14 nights stay and RT-PCR tests at hotels approved by the MoTS or Tourism Authority of Thailand . 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.
    5. 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.

Arrival

Entry screening and Immigration and Customs procedures:

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

  1. Proceed directly to the reserved hotel on approved airport transfer service.
  2. Undergo a COVID-19 test (RT-PCR method) at own expense as per the following requirements:
    1. Taking the first test upon arrival and await the test results in the accommodation.
    2. Taking additional RT-PCR tests as per the following requirements:
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
  3. If tested negative for COVID-19, travellers can go anywhere in Phuket
  4. 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. Travellers who have completed 14 nights in Phuket will be allowed to continue their journey to other Thai destinations.

Credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Foreigners from the countries below, who are short-term visitors, may apply for an ATP for entry

into Singapore here:

  • Australia (excluding Victoria State)
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Mainland China (excluding Guangdong province)
  • New Zealand

Applications must be made between 7 and 30 calendar days prior to the visitor’s intended date of

entry into Singapore. When an ATP application is approved, an approval letter will be sent to the

applicant via email. The ATP is valid for single entry into Singapore anytime from the visitor’s

intended date of entry and up to 7 calendar days after.

When checking in at the departure airport, visitors must present to the airline staff:

  • A valid ATP approval letter (electronic or physical copy) for the specified period of entry into Singapore;
  • A valid visa (for visa-required visitors); and
  • A mobile device with the TraceTogether app already downloaded and with their profiles registered on the app.

More detailed information can be found here 

Travelling to Malaysia for the purpose of holiday and social visit is not allowed

Thailand –

  • International travellers must remain in Phuket island for 14 days.You can travels
  • Domestic travellers c

You are able to travel to various islands in Andaman sea. Please check with our Boat Lagoon Yachting Charter team on updated local restrictions.

Boat Lagoon Yachting, Charter department are willing to serve you enquiries online,  for any future trips’ suggestion feel free to contact: +6676 239 739 or email: charter @boatlagoonyachting.com

Singapore

For more information, visit : https://www.boatlagoonyachting.com/itinerary/day-trip-southern-islands-of-singapore/

Or contact: Rayna +65 9671 6365 or email: rayna@boatlagoonyachting.com  

Europe

Boat Lagoon Yachting is the exclusive partner for Burgess yachts in Thailand, providing Burgess Superyacht. Burgess constantly monitors the travel situation in many destinations around the world including area of Asia Pacific, Caribbean, Mediterranean and Northern Europe.

More information please contact: +6676 239 739 or visit: https://www.boatlagoonyachting.com/burgess/

 

Thailand: Our Charter team can prepare both water toys, snorkeling, diving, paddle board  or even water sport activities such as jet ski, banana boat. Enjoy BBQ on flybridge with family & friends or even create special spa massage on board.

(Activities will be offered under control of local restrictions.)

 

Singapore: There are plenty of activities to do onboard. Our Charter team can prepare water toys, snorkeling and diving equipment, paddle board or even water sport activities such as jet ski and banana boat.

We can also arrange BBQ onboard for you as well (Only from 21 June 2021 onwards)  

 

Book your yacht charter from now till October 2021 and receive a complimentary limousine pickup. Take time to start planning for future holidays later this year while enjoying these special off-peak season rates.

Phuket - Yes the Marina will be open as usual.

 

Singapore- Yes, the Marina will be open as usual.

Thailand - Yes, you are able to rent and navigate limited to Catamaran only with a valid captain license. Unfortunately, this does not apply to our yachts due to government restriction.

 

Singapore - Yes, however do note that only a maximum of 5 pax are allowed onboard.

Thailand: Yes

 

Singapore: Charter groups are allowed to have a maximum of 5 pax on-board. F&B may be consumed onboard the craft if not more than 2 persons are dining at the same time. Persons from the same household are required to be split into groups of not more than 2 persons and dine separately.

Boat Lagoon Yachting Charter team understands this situation has created uncertainty and has affected many of our valued customers’ travel plans.

Hence, we have updated our cancellation policy as follows:

Should the CHARTERER wish to cancel the booking, the following cancellation fees will apply unless differently stated in the charter contract:

  • Reservation deposit (20% of full charter fee) is non - refundable
  • If the charter has been paid in full and the booking is canceled prior 14 days in advance, a partial refund of 20% of the charter fee (minus expenses) is issued.
  • There is no refund if the charter is cancelled within 14 days prior to the charter and the charterer is liable for the full charter fee.