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Thailand drops pre-travel Covid-19 tests from 1st April

March 20, 20222 minute read
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Thailand has dropped their requirement for visitors to have pre-travel Covid-19 tests, effective 1st April 2022. However travellers will still need to complete a Test&Go PCR on arrival and a supervised ATK (rapid test) on Day 5. The change was announced by The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Friday 18th March 2022.

UPDATE: The requirement for PCR testing on arrival has been removed at a meeting on 22nd April, the details are available HERE.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the requirement for pre-travel Covid-19 tests would end for all visitors, regardless of the programme under which they enter whether ‘Test & Go’, ‘Sandbox’ or ‘quarantine’ channels.

Those travellers who enter the country through Test & Go or Sandbox programmes will be given an RT-PCR test on arrival, and are required to perform an antigen self-test on day 5 after arrival, monitored at their hotel. Sandbox visitors are required to remain in their reception areas for five days.

Visitors in the quarantine scheme would remain in isolation for five days and have an RT-PCR test on day 4 or 5 after arrival. Dr Taweesilp added that this included people caught ‘sneaking in’. If you’re hoping to participate in this year’s Songkran Festival in mid-April, they’re likely to to be off-limits, unless you’re invited to a private event.

The CCSA continues to require visitors to have Covid-19 insurance coverage of at least US$20,000. However, it is likely that this amount would be reduced in future.

Arrival by Land

The Thai government as also decided that the land arrival points will be extended from 1st April. Travellers will be able to arrive by land through Satun province in the South from that date, in addition to current entry points Nong Khai, Udon Thani and Songkhla.

Arrival by Sea

Arrivals by sea will be allowed through Surat Thani ports, also from 1st April in addition to the present Phuket and Chon Buri.

Arrival by Air

Arrival by air continues to be allowed via Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Chiangmai, Samui, Pattaya & Hatyai.

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