The Govt of Thailand on Thursday announced the resumption of the ‘Quarantine Free Travel’ program for Pattaya and Ko Chang effective from 1 February 2022, from 09.00 Hrs. Thailand time.
The announcement comes after Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today approved the resumption of the Exemption from Quarantine ‘Test & Go’ entry scheme.
It may be noted that in December 2021, amid the rising cases of Omicron variant in Thailand the country has temporarily suspended the Thailand Pass for all-new ‘Test & Go’ and Sandbox applications (except Phuket Sandbox).
Thailand Pass Reopens For New Test & Go Applications
Starting 01st Feb 2022, all fully vaccinated travelers from any country around the world can apply for a TEST & GO Thailand Pass up to 60 days in advance.
While existing rules under the scheme remain unchanged, the CCSA approved additional requirements to ensure stringent COVID-19 precautions.
All new TEST & GO applications must submit A proof of prepayment for 2 separate nights of accommodation at government-approved hotel/s, such as SHA Extra Plus (SHA++), AQ, OQ, or AHQ on Day 1 and Day 5, and the expenses for 2 RT-PCR tests on Day 1 and Day 5.
The prepayment for Day 1 must include accommodation, a test, and a prearranged transfer from the airport to the hotel.
Travelers can book 2 different hotels for the accommodation on Day 1 and Day 5. However, on both Day 1 and Day 5, they must stay within the room for the RT-PCR test result.
Meanwhile, travelers who have applied/obtained their Thailand Pass QR code before 22 December 2021, with scheduled arrival dates in Thailand from 24 December 2021, onwards, are still required to undergo their second COVID-19 test using the RT-PCR technique at government-designated facilities on Day 5-6 of their stay in Thailand, or when they experience respiratory symptoms (no additional cost).
Thailand To Reopen 6 Sandbox Destinations
Starting from 01st February 2022, Thailand will reopen Bang Lamung, Pattaya, Si Racha,
Si Chang, and Sattahip – only Na Jomtien and Bang Saray – in Chon Buri, and Ko Chang in Trat as Sandbox destinations.
The Sandbox Extension program will also be introduced between Phuket, Phang-Nga, Krabi, and Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao), where Sandbox travelers can travel within these destinations during the first 7 days in Thailand and can change accommodation three times (can book 3 different hotels).
This means fully vaccinated travelers from overseas who are planning to travel to Thailand under the Sandbox program can choose to undergo their first 7 days in either Krabi, Phang-Na, Phuket, Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao), Chon Buri (Bang Lamung, Pattaya, Si Racha, Si Chang, and Sattahip – only Na Jomtien and Bang Saray), and Trat (Ko Chang).