Thailand further eases “TEST & GO” entry rules from March 7

Travelers to Thailand through their “Test & Go” entry scheme are about to save money and time when the new rules issued by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Management of Thailand (CCSA) takes effect on March 7.

Foreign tourists arriving on that day will only have to pass one PCR test instead of two and will be able to prepay for one night’s accommodation instead of several.

While the updated regulation goes into effect on March 1st, will only apply to visitors arriving in the country after March 7.

Travelers still have to wait for the test results in isolation, which explains the overnight stay, but they no longer need to take a new PCR test on day 5. Instead, they will undergo an antigen test, which is up to five times cheaper and can be performed alone.

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Railay Beach in Krabi Thailand

A number of other aspects have been improved. Here is a summary of the main points to consider when traveling to Thailand.

new gateways – those arriving by air will continue to enter via direct international or domestic flights. The country has reopened ground checkpoints at Nong Khai, Udon Thani and Songkhla. Only private yachts can enter by water.

Entry registration system – Passengers traveling by air and land will need to use the Thailand Pass system, while those entering by sea will need to obtain a certificate of entry.

quarantine requirement – quarantine is no longer necessary, just the day of isolation while waiting for the result of the PCR test.

Accommodation – Visitors need proof of prepayment for one night’s accommodation at a government-approved hotel, such as SHA Extra Plus (SHA++), or an alternative insulation facility.

Health insurance – the minimum insurance policy coverage has been reduced from $50,000 to just $20,000. This requirement does not apply to Thai citizens and legal residents covered by the country’s national healthcare system.

Antigen test on day 5 – All arrivals are required to take an additional self-administered rapid antigen rapid test on the fifth day and report the method and results to the health authorities.

probably the only one entry requirement that remains unchanged is the need to provide a vaccination certificate or proof of recovery on arrival.

With around 302,000 visitors since the Test & Go scheme began, the industry recovery is having a hard time catching up.

In 2019 alone, Thailand saw 40 million arrivals. Tourism representatives hope to be able to attract more tourists with fewer restrictions. Time will tell.

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