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Thailand drops PCR test on arrival

by on April 23, 2022
 

Thailand moved closer to pre-pandemic travel rules as the PCR test on arrival has been dropped with effect from 1st May 2002. At the same time Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)  introduced two new entry schemes specifically customised for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.

The changes will be confirmed once the official directives have been announced in the Royal Thai Government Gazette. This is expected in the last week of April.

Dropped PCR test on arrival and more

Both the Test & Go and Sandbox programmes have been done away with, under the changes announced by CCSA on 22nd April. The only two categories for entry under the revised system will be ‘vaccinated’ and ‘unvaccinated’.

However, they still recommend an ATK rapid test on the fifth day and travellers are expected to monitor their health whilst in Thailand.

New entry rules

Vaccinated travellers:

International travellers who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to show proof of a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test nor undergo a PCR test on arrival.

Still required:

  • Registration for a Thailand Pass is still required,
  • Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination
  • An insurance policy with coverage no less than US$10,000
    • reduced from US$20,000

Once arriving in Thailand, they will be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere  in the kingdom.

Unvaccinated travellers:

International travellers who are unvaccinated or are not fully vaccinated will also no longer be required to show proof of a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test nor undergo an arrival test.

What is still required:

  • Registration for a Thailand Pass
  • A 5-day hotel booking
  • An insurance policy with coverage no less than US$10,000 (reduced from US$20,000)

Upon arriving in Thailand:

  • Travellers must quarantine for 5 days
  • Undergo an RT-PCR test on Day 5.

Exception:

Unvaccinated travellers who are able to upload proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel via the Thailand Pass system will be treated like fully vaccinated travellers and will be allowed entry and freedom to travel anywhere in the kingdom.

Monitor your health

While in Thailand, both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers are advised to strictly follow health and safety standards. Travellers who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms should get tested. If testing positive, they must get the appropriate medical treatment.

Please note the information is to serve as reference only and will only be confirmed following publishing in the Royal Gazette.

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