Test & Go: Thailand To Ease Travel Rules For International Tourists From 01 March

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The Govt of Thailand has decided to ease the travel rules for international tourists arriving into the country under its Test & Go program.

As per an announcement made by the Tourism Authorities of Thailand, starting 07th March 2022, all fully vaccinated travelers can arrive in Thailand with the required prepaid accommodation reduced to one night and the COVID-19 tests revised to one RT-PCR and one self-ATK.

However, all travelers to Thailand must have a Thailand Pass and negative RT-PCR certificate issued no more than 72 hours before entering Thailand. Minimum medical insurance coverage for visitors has been lowered to $20,000 from $50,000.

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Thailand New ‘Test & Go’ Rules

The new ‘Test & Go’ rules will come into effect from March 1, 2022 (travelers can enter Thailand on March 7, 2022);

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1. Points of Entry

  • By air (direct international flight or transit domestically via dedicated flights.)
  • By land (at the border checkpoints in Nong Khai, Udon Thani, and Songkhla.)
  • By water (yachts.)

2. Eligible Travelers/Countries

  • For arrivals by air and water: Thai citizens and foreign travellers from all countries/territories.
  • For arrivals by land: Thai citizens and foreign travellers from neighbouring countries connecting with the reopened border checkpoints (Nong Khai, Udon Thani, and Songkhla).

3. Entry Registration System

  • For arrivals by air and land: Thailand Pass system.
  • For arrivals by water: Certificate of Entry system.

4. Quarantine Requirement

  • For arrivals by air and land: No quarantine, but on Day 1 must wait for the COVID-19 test result within an approved SHA Extra Plus (SHA++) or alternative quarantine facility.
  • For arrivals by water: No quarantine, but on Day 1 must wait for the COVID-19 test result on board the travelling vessel (yacht).

5. Accommodation Requirement

A proof of prepayment for 1 night of accommodation at government-approved hotel/s; such as SHA Extra Plus (SHA++) on Day 1.

6. Health Insurance

An insurance policy with coverage no less than US$20,000. Thais and foreign expatriates under Thailand’s national healthcare coverage are exempt from this requirement.

7. Covid-19 Testing Requirements

  • For arrivals by air and land: First test on Day 1 by an RT-PCR method (wait for the result within the hotel), and the second test on Day 5 by a self-ATK method (must report/record the result via the application).
  • For arrivals by water: First test on Day 1 by an RT-PCR method (wait for the result on board the vessel), and the second on Day 5 by a self-ATK method (must report/record the result via the application). 

8. Existing Requirements/Rules Remain Unchanged

  • A Medical Certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected issued no more than 72 hours before travelling.
  • A Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination/Recovery.

9. eVisa On Arrival For Travelers From 18 Countries

Thailand Visa On Arrival

Recently VFS Global has announced that travelers from 18 countries can now apply for their Thailand eVisa on Arrival through their official website.

Travelers from Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, and Vanuatu are eligible to get an eVOA when arriving in Thailand.

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It must be noted that the applicant should have been residing in the eligible countries for at least 21 consecutive days.

We have covered all the details you need to know about the ‘Test & Go’ Programme for your quarantine free travel to Thailand in this article; Go Check This Out.


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One comment

  1. The changes take into consideration the need to boost the economy even as cases of the omicron coronavirus variant rise. The Thai government will also be reducing the required amount of travel insurance coverage ..

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