Thailand reopened the country to fully vaccinated travelers without having to undergo quarantine under Thailand Test & Go (Quarantine Exemption) scheme from November 2021. Find everything you need to know about entering Thailand via Test & Go program, from rules and regulations to hotels.
Thailand Entry Schemes
In accordance with the country opening policy, Thailand has introduced travel schemes for different kinds of international tourists entering Thailand from 1 November 2021 as follows:
Test & Go (Exemption from Quarantine) - for vaccinated travelers
Living in The Blue Zone Sandbox - for vaccinated travelers
Happy Quarantine - for unvaccinated travelers
What is Test & Go (T&G)?
Test & Go (T&G) or Exemption from Quarantine is one of the new schemes implemented to welcome travelers to Thailand. Test & Go program is starting on 1 November 2021 and is available for tourists from pilot countries and regions. Only tourists who have completed COVID-19 vaccination and entered Thailand by air will be exempted from the mandatory quarantine.
Update 31 March 2022!
Test & Go measures eased from 1 April 2022:
Pretravel RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours before departure is no longer required
Update 27 February 2022!
Thailand is planning to ease Test & Go measures from 1 March 2022 onwards:
✔️ Cancel RT-PCR test on the 5th day at the hotel
✔️ Reduce the health insurance requirement from 50,000 USD to 20,000 USD
✔️ Open boarder in the pilot areas of Nong Khai, Udon Thani, Songkhla
Changes of Test & Go program were officially confirmed and published in the Royal Gazette.
Test & Go Rules & Requirements
Despite the fact that there is no quarantine requirement, arriving tourists will still be required to present some mandatory documents before traveling and will also have to take 1 COVID-19 test once they arrive in Thailand. Staying at qualified hotel for 1 night on the day of arrival is mandatory while waiting the result of COVID-19 tests. If the test result is negative, travelers can travel to other destinations in Thailand.
Learn more about Test & Go entry requirements below.
Test & Go Eligible Countries
Starting rom 1 February 2022, vaccinated travelers from all countries are allowed to participate in Test & Go.
Test & Go plan is available for travelers flying to Thailand from countries that will be regarded low risk of SAR-CoV-2 virus. Only Eligible Countries can use the exemption from quarantine and they are listed here: Low Risk Countries
Travelers must reside in the eligible countries for at least 21 consecutive days before traveling to Thailand.
Returning Thais and foreign residents can stay in an approved country for less than 21 days, as long as they are travelling from Thailand to the approved country and return within the last 21 days.
No quarantine is required but travelers must take 1 COVID-19 Test (RT-PCR) on the day of arrival and wait for RT-PCR COVID-19 test result at the hotel for 1 night or until negative result will be received.
For entering Thailand without quarantine, travelers need to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travelling. Travelers must present the official COVID-19 vaccine certificate (or other official document to certify full vaccination) with a vaccine that has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Thai Authority. Proof of vaccination must be submitted when applying for Thailand Pass.
For those traveling from 16 December 2021 onwards [Update 15 Dec 2021]
Regulations for travelers under the age of 18 who are willing to enter Thailand under Test & Go scheme
- Children under the age of 6 are not required to get vaccinated, also presenting the RT-PCR test result is unnecessary. However, those children need to travel with their parents or guardians, then undergo the saliva testing for Covid-19 upon arrival in Thailand.
- Children between the age of 6 - 11 are not required to get vaccinated. However, those children need to travel with their parents or guardians. Presenting the RT-PCR test result within 72 hours before departure is necessary.
- Children between the age of 12 - 17 are required to get vaccinated at least 1 dose. If those children are unvaccinated, they need to travel with their parents or guardians. Presenting the RT-PCR test result within 72 hours before departure is necessary.
Regulations for travelers who have previously been infected with Covid-19 and willing to enter Thailand under Test & Go scheme
- Travelers who had been infected with COVID-19 within 3 months before entering Thailand are able to use the COVID-19 recovery form or a medical certificate certifying that the patient has already recovered from COVID-19 or no symptoms. In this category, presenting the RT-PCR test result is unnecessary
- Travelers who had been infected with COVID-19 for more than 3 months before entering Thailand must receive at least one dose of vaccination at any time after being infected with COVID-19.
- Travelers who were fully vaccinated prior to COVID-19 infection are considered as fully vaccinated.
Test & Go Hotels
Arriving tourists are restricted to stay at SHA Extra Plus hotel for 1 night to wait for the negative RT-PCR test results
SHA Extra Plus (SHA++) hotel reservation confirmation and receipt are required. The prepayment should cover accommodation and the required RT-PCR COVID-19 test.
Other SHA Extra Plus Hotels (SHA++) are listed here:
- Bangkok SHA Extra Plus Hotels
- Pattaya SHA Extra Plus Hotels
- Phuket SHA Extra Plus Hotels
- Krabi SHA Extra Plus Hotels
- Samui SHA Extra Plus Hotels
- Phang Nga SHA Extra Plus Hotels
- Chiang Mai SHA Extra Plus Hotels
- Koh Phangan SHA Extra Plus Hotels
- Koh Tao SHA Extra Plus Hotels
SHA Extra Plus Hotels in other provinces: Thailand SHA Extra Plus Hotels.
Foreigners need to provide medical insurance with a minimum treatment coverage of 20,000 USD or equivalent in any other currencies. The insurance must cover the total duration of stay in Thailand (not required for Thai nationals).
The easiest way to meet this requirement is buying a special COVID-19 insurance online from Thai insurance company such as Sawasdee Thailand offered by AXA Insurance.
COVID-19 test before departure
All travelers must have a medical certificate with a laboratory result by an RT-PRC method indicating that COVID-19 is not detected. The certificate must be issued no more than 72 hours before travelling. (not required from 1 April 2022)
COVID-19 tests in Thailand
The RT-PCR COVID-19 test will be made on arrival date (Day 1) and travelers are responsible for test fee which is included in hotel reservation when booking Test & Go Day 1 package.
If testing negative for COVID-19, you will allowed to travel anywhere in Thailand.
The second RT-PCR COVID-19 test will be made on Day 5 and it should be included in Day 5 hotel reservation. Hotels are offering separate Test & Go Day 5 packages as well as a combination of both mandatory stays and tests. (not needed from 1 March 2022)
From 1 November 2021 onwards, travelers wishing to enter Thailand must complete pre-travel registration via "Thailand Pass" at least 3-7 days before departure date. Travelers must fill in information and upload required documents in the system, in order to receive “Thailand Pass QR code” to enter Thailand. Proof of accommodation booking in Alternative Quarantine Hotel or SHA++ Hotels, including the cost of COVID-19 tests and airport pick up must be uploaded in the Thailand Pass system. Travelers need to present the QR Code to Airlines upon check-in and to Thai Border Control Officials.
Further Updates on Thailand Reopening
Keep in mind that during COVID-19 pandemics the rules and regulations are often changed, so we would recommend contacting your local Thai embassy before making any plans or reservations.
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