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Thailand Test & Go Is Back — Here’s How to Visit Quarantine-free

As of Feb. 1, Thailand allows fully vaccinated travelers from any country to apply for its "Test and Go" program up to 60 days before their trip.

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By Alison Fox

Feb 1, 2022

UPDATE, March 1: As of the first of March, 2022, Thailand has eliminated the day 5 PCR-test requirement, meaning that international arrivals need only book Test & Go and accommodations for their first day in the Kingdom. Check with your hotel for details.

THAILAND IS ONCE AGAIN making it easier for tourists to visit with the return of its “Test & Go Thailand Pass” program, allowing vaccinated international visitors to travel to any part of the country and skip quarantine.

As of February 1, Thailand allows fully vaccinated travelers from any country to apply for the program up to 60 days before their trip, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand. To be eligible, travelers must book and prepay for a stay in an approved SHA hotel for two separate nights (on day 1 and day 5), prepay for two Covid-19 PCR tests to take on day 1 and day 5 of their trip, and prearrange a transfer from the airport to their hotel.

Travelers must stay in their room on day 1 and day 5 of their trip until they receive the results of their coronavirus tests. Additionally, travelers will have to arrive with proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their departure as well as purchase insurance with at least US$50,000 in coverage.

Travelers must apply for the program online.

Thailand initially started allowing vaccinated travelers to skip quarantine in November, before tightening border restrictions again in December amid the emergence of the omicron variant. While the country temporarily suspended its Test & Go program and Thailand Pass approvals, it still allowed travelers to participate in the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Sandbox, which required travelers to remain on the island but allowed them to travel quarantine-free.

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Bangkok. Photo by Cedric Arnold

The loosening of restrictions comes months before Thailand plans to begin implementing a tourism fee, which will be included in the cost of airline tickets. The fee will be Bt300 baht and be used for things like funding new projects and upgrading tourism infrastructure.

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