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UPDATED! Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO) entry scheme from 22 December 2021


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UPDATED! Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO) entry scheme from 22 December 2021 - TAT Newsroom

 

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide an update on the latest announcement published last night (22 December, 2021) in the Royal Thai Government Gazette that officially orders a temporary suspension of the Thailand Pass for all new applications under the Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO) entry scheme, effective from 22 December, 2021.

Travellers, who have already received a Thailand Pass QR code, who will be entering Thailand before 24 December, 2021, will be allowed to enter under the existing conditions of the scheme.

Travellers, who have already received a Thailand Pass QR code, who will be entering Thailand from 24 December, 2021, onwards will be subject to the added requirements as follows:

  • They must undergo their second COVID-19 test using the RT-PCR technique (not ATK self-test) at government-designated facilities on Day 5-6 of their stay in Thailand, or when they experience respiratory symptoms (no additional cost).

Existing conditions

  • Eligible travellers
    • Thai citizens
    • Foreign travellers, including but not limited to diplomats, guests of the government, Thai work permit holders, students and their family, and patients seeking medical treatment.
  • Eligible countries
    • Currently, there are 63 approved countries/territories under the TEST & GO scheme where travellers must have stayed for 21 days or more before travelling to Thailand.
    • Returning Thais and eligible foreign expatriates, who previously travelled from Thailand to these approved countries/territories, are exempt from this requirement.
  • Points of entry
    • By air at Thailand’s international airports.
    • By land. *This has been postponed until further notice.
    • By water, provided that everyone on board the vessels meet the vaccination, testing and entry requirements.

Pre-Arrival Requirements

All eligible travellers travelling from eligible countries must have the following documents for entering to Thailand:

  • A Thailand Pass, which can be applied via https://tp.consular.go.th/. *The system is currently closed for all new TEST & GO applications.
  • A Medical Certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected issued no more than 72 hours before travelling.
    • Travellers under 6 years of age, travelling with parents with a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours before travelling, are not required to have a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test result and can have a saliva test when entering the Kingdom.
    • For arrivals by water, everyone on board the vessels must have a medical certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected within the officially specified timeframe. Anyone on aboard with a history of COVID-19 infection within a period between 14-90 days must have a medical certificate of recovery.
  • An insurance policy with coverage no less than US$50,000.
    • Thais and foreign expatriates under Thailand’s national healthcare coverage are exempt from this requirement.
  • A confirmed payment for at least a 1-day stay at a SHA++ hotel that also includes the expenses for the RT-PCR and self-antigen (ATK) tests. *The ATK self-test has been changed to an RT-PCR test at no additional cost.
  • A Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination/Recovery
    • Everyone 18 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand.
    • Travellers 12-17 years of age travelling to Thailand unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least one dose of an approved vaccine. Those travelling with parents are exempt from this requirement.
    • Travellers 6-11 years of age, travelling with parents, are exempt from this requirement.
    • For arrivals by water, everyone on board must be fully vaccinated. This is except for travellers under 18 years of age, travelling with parents or guardians.
    • Travellers with the history of COVID-19 infection who have recovered by medical treatments and travellers who have received at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine after post-infection must have a certificate of COVID-19 recovery.

All travellers must undergo ‘exit screening’ at the point of departure, i.e., at the airline check-in counter and present the required documents to the person-in-charge to carry out the checks.

On-Arrival Requirements / During the Stay

  • All travellers must undergo ‘entry screening’ including body temperature check at the point of entry           
  • Present the required documents to the Immigration/Health Control officer to carry out the checks, then proceed through the Immigration procedures.
  • Proceed to the prearranged accommodation or medical facility to undergo the RT-PCR test. The trip must be by a prearranged vehicle on a sealed route within a 5-hour journey from the point of entry. Then, all travellers must wait for the test result within the hotel only. Travellers under 6 years of age, travelling with parents, can have a saliva test.
    • If testing negative for COVID-19, travellers are free to go anywhere in Thailand. They will receive an ATK for a self-antigen test on Day 5-6. *The ATK self-test has been changed to an RT-PCR test at no additional cost.
    • If testing positive for COVID-19, travellers will be referred to a healthcare facility for appropriate medical treatment, for which the expenses must be covered by the required insurance, or national healthcare coverage for Thais and eligible foreign expatriates.
  • All travellers must download and install the MorChana application, and set it on at all times for the COVID-19 precautionary measures and to record the result on Day 5-6 in the application.

Guidelines for International Departure

It is the responsibility of travellers or their organisations to make sure that the travellers meet the requirements of their specific international destination regardless of the point of departure.

Kindly note the information is to serve as reference only and is subject to change without prior notice. It is especially important to check in regularly on www.tatnews.org to stay current on what remains a very fluid and fast changing situation.

 

 

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We were going to come for 3 months when they would let us in after simply recovering from Covid, but honestly, this is crazy.  I think we'll have to wait until all restrictions are removed.  Who needs this.  Could end up like the poor Israeli guy.

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3 minutes ago, MuhRoads said:

We were going to come for 3 months when they would let us in after simply recovering from Covid, but honestly, this is crazy.  I think we'll have to wait until all restrictions are removed.  Who needs this.  Could end up like the poor Israeli guy.

The poor Israeli guy that decided to plan and arrange everything for his Thailand trip, only to lack the discipline to actually wait for his damn test results to come in? That poor guy? 

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On 12/23/2021 at 12:28 PM, Aevan said:

The poor Israeli guy that decided to plan and arrange everything for his Thailand trip, only to lack the discipline to actually wait for his damn test results to come in? That poor guy? 

You pretty well summed it up..... I agree....

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I am reading troubling information that the government has established a cuttoff date for approved ThaiPass holders of Jan 15 latest arrival. 

Bangkok Post at https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2243779/test-go-suspended-indefinitely-3-more-sandbox-provinces

Why are the doing this when they already had some 440'000 arrivals (same article) and only 10'000 remaining approvals pending entry?

No consideration for travellers who booked nearly two months in advance. Employees had to have their holidays approved by their employer, who will have planned their absence. In the case I am looking at there is many days carried over from 2021 that will be forfait if not taken. It's even unclear if the employee can return or if she is forced to take the holidays as planned (therefore at home in Europe). Thailand byebye for this year. Especially this is a Thai national who needs to be in Thailand to act on some things in person.

 

Crazy times.

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Hi guys,

I am a kidney transplant patient and I am not vaccinated. Now I have had COVID just a week ago and I read that I can travel Thailand with a recovery certificate.

 

is this true? I read contradicting things online.

 

recovered from COVID more then 3 months before departure needs at least 1 jab.

recovered froM COVID less then 3 months can enter the country without a jab.

 

can anyone confirm this information?

kind regards,

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1 hour ago, WayneDavis said:

Hi guys,

I am a kidney transplant patient and I am not vaccinated. Now I have had COVID just a week ago and I read that I can travel Thailand with a recovery certificate.

is this true? I read contradicting things online.

recovered from COVID more then 3 months before departure needs at least 1 jab.

recovered froM COVID less then 3 months can enter the country without a jab.

can anyone confirm this information?

kind regards,

Correct, but you'd need to book an AQ hotel and spend 10 days in quarantine.

Covid cases are on the increase in Thailand.

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The scam goes on! Just test positive on arrival in your expensive hotel and your holiday is ruined. No thank you I'll wait until they get rid of all this nonsense

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