Omicron Concern: Thailand May Scrap Quarantine-Free Travel Program

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Thailand’s public health minister, Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul, proposed on Monday that the country scraps the ‘Test & Go’ quarantine-free travel program and again institutes mandatory quarantine for foreign visitors and returning Thai nationals.

The minister gave these remarks on a Thai news program on Monday morning that immediately created confusion among potential visitors to the Kingdom.

This comes after the country has confirmed 63 Omicron cases, with 20 more potential cases awaiting confirmation, and all except one case arrived from abroad, with 1 female likely to be the 1st local transmission.

Thailand Test & Go Program

It is worth mentioning that the country has launched in ‘Test & Go’ program in November and reopened for vaccinated visitors from more than 60 countries including the U.S., China, Singapore, Japan, India, and most of Europe.

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Notably, the entry to the Kingdom would still be allowed through the Sandbox or Alternative Quarantine.

Sandbox requires visitors to spend seven nights in specific areas before traveling to other parts of Thailand. Visitors can freely roam within particular regions, such as Phuket, during the first seven nights.

Alternative quarantine requires visitors to spend 10 to 14 days confined in their hotel rooms.

 ‘Entry Thailand’ Portal To Assist Travelers

Recently, Thailand has launched a new tourism website, aiming to make travel to the country easier for the 8-15 million tourists expected to visit next year.

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The central platform, named Entry Thailand, includes necessary information before arrival, providing basic information and documents that tourists have to prepare in advance with complete links to third-party organizations involved with entry requirements, websites for authorized SHA+ hotels, Covid-19 insurance, Thailand Pass registration, and MorChana — the official tracking app.


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