Thailand will drop its “Test & Go” entry scheme for vaccinated travelers from May 1

As of May 1, fully vaccinated travelers will no longer need to undergo an RT-PCR test on arrival or quarantine while awaiting results.

With this decision, the country intends to increase its efforts to boost the tourism industry, which has been hit hard by the pandemic.

Taweesin Visanuyothin, a spokesperson for the task force, said foreign tourists will now only need to show proof of vaccination and health insurance covering at least US$10,000, up from US$20,000 previously.

“This will boost the economic momentum (of recovery) as we are a country that relies heavily on tourism,” Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha said.

Different guidelines apply to unvaccinated visitors. They are no longer required to provide proof of pre-departure or post-arrival testing, but are still required to apply for a pass in Thailand, stay in a hotel for five days, take an RT-PCR test on the 5th and show proof of medical insurance.

Railay Beach in Krabi Thailand

“The only exception is made for unvaccinated travelers who can submit proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel via the Thailand Pass system. This group is allowed to enter and is free to go anywhere in the country on arrival,” as per the Bangkok post.

All travelers must register on the Thailand Pass website, regardless of vaccination status.

As of April 29, 2022, the government will start accepting applications for the new entry measures.

Keep in mind that until May 1, vaccinated visitors must stay at least one night at a government-approved hotel, take a PCR test on arrival and a rapid antigen test on the 5th day of travel, and purchase $20,000 in insurance .

Thailand is eager to attract Indian tourists, who are one of the country’s main source markets. In 2019, Thailand welcomed around two million Indian tourists who generated $2.5 billion in revenue.

According to Gary Bowerman, director of Check-in Asia, a travel research and information organization specializing in Asia, India is the top destination now that China and Russia are out of the picture.

“It would be important to ensure sufficient air services and frequencies from metro cities and second-tier Indian cities – something Singapore, for example, worked successfully to achieve before the pandemic,” Bowerman said.

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